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ESB Amber | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
saugatuckbrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by gordavidson on 07-20-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,339
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
130
pDev:
13.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of shanegatter
2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not bad, but not too impressive

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy looking amber to brown color. There was about a finger’s worth of foamy white head that once it dissipated there were some decent looking foamy rings. Carbonation was seen rising. The smell was bready and had some nice roasty caramel notes filling my nose. The taste was roasty and nutty bready sweetness with an in and out sort of caramel-ness. I didn’t get any aftertaste but the finish was actually quite smooth. The palate was fairly smooth and had a carbonation suited well for the ESB style as it had a somewhat creaminess running about it. Overall, I say this was a fairly good ESB worthy of having again.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, yeast, alcohol, hint of hop, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an Extra Special / Strong Bitter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of biscuit, caramel malt, slight yeast, alcohol, hint of hop, and slight dark citrus. Overall, slightly too sweet, complex, tasty, and good appearance.

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Photo of zeff80
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BellsFan
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gtg642
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Raime
2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of n2492004
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of uccle81
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scott2269
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigleague
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Magister_Beav
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schnjac
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant amber, fluffy ¾” offwhite head, excellent lace, malt aroma, not much else, pleasant, drinkable ale with a little light toffee, some roast malts but very light touch, nuts, light fruit.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, part of the Saugatuck mixed-pack.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered mesa-top lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, a soft earthy nuttiness, a bit of wet ash, and faint leafy, weedy, and grassy hops. The taste is lightly toasted caramel malt, oily bar-top nuts, some muddled domestic fruit bowl sweetness, brown sugar, and more plain earthy, leafy, and slightly floral hops.

The carbonation is quite light and ineffectual for the most part, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the purported style, and generally smooth, a wee hoppy astringency finally getting its wings. It finishes on the sweet side, from various grainy malt and fruity esters alike.

Much more of an American nut brown ale in bearing, than an ESB - the hops just don't cut it. Tasty for what it is, though, as long as you're ok with an overload of maltiness, which my tongue usually rears back at after one standard serving - so, yeah - one and done, I'm afraid.

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Photo of Faunland
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarchyMarch
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trent
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BDeibs
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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ESB Amber from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 130 ratings
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