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ESB Special Ale - Ska Brewing Co.

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ESB Special AleESB Special Ale

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.17%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 10-26-2003

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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full notes taken to my phone at Morefield Campground, Mesa Verde National Park, CO.

A- The second ever canned microbrew is poured into a goblet with a fairly clear golden orange body. A frothy white head builds on the beer to a finger. Head retention is decent and a foamy ring stays behind. Lacing is a mix of spots and streaks.

S- Malty overall but the hop presence certainly makes itself known. Toasted, toffee and light caramel malts. Hops lend herbal, grassy and spicy qualities.

T- Lacks the sweetness I find in many ESBs but still packs malt flavors of caramel, toasted nuts, toffee, sweets and cereal. Notes of light fruits, slight raisin and bread throughout. Hops on the back end bringing grassy, spicy and earthy notes. Overall balanced between all of the above with each aspect taking precedence at times.

MF- Fairly light end bodied with a moderately high carbonation. The overall texture is creamy, just a bit chewy and foamy. Finishes with medium bitterness.

Malty but plenty of hops to balance it and at times the hops take over. A nice interpretation of the style with ample malt flavor lacking an overriding sweetness.

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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An appreciable ESB, even if It is more or less an Americanized version of the style (think a slightly more biscuity and buttery APA with less sweetness and way less hop aroma). This beer is hop forward on the tongue but still balanced. The aroma is to style but a little faint. Color is thinner and lighter than a classic ESB but still a nice hue. The carbonation is nice and bright. I like the beer enough to enjoy it occasionally.

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ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.