Extra Special Bitter Ale | Climax Brewing Company

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Extra Special Bitter AleExtra Special Bitter Ale

Brewed by:
Climax Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2002

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of jeffmck09
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dinkel
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12/6...served on tap. Pours dark copper with high fluffy white foam. Bready malt nose. :Light caramel. Rich toffee and bready caramel flavor. Sweet first and then cemented on with a tasty bitter. Chewy. Really darn good.

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Photo of kwjd
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
1.74/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

From a bottle, pours a dark gold copper color; super carbonated with a big head that fizzes above the rim of the glass.

The nose is a mess from the start. It smells like rotten flowers and melted plastic. That is all I can pull out. I barely get any hop content. The flavor is tropical fruit, but more like fruit by the foot than fresh fruit. It is very sweet.

This is gross, I wish I could be nicer, but this is terrible. I am assuming I had a bad bottle given the high marks on here, but cmon?

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Loaded with hops, not great but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of koopa
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of roconnor
4.76/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ahernandez2003
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of MikeWard
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%

On tap last night at Funcks inn Palmyra, PA. Part of a 4.5oz flight.

When I ordered this, I was asked if I understood what "cask" meant. Being a Brit, I had a fair idea. Was very impresed that the beer was served at room temperature. In looking at it, there were quite a few floaties. Body was yellow with a small white head which dissipated quickly and left only a small ring. Lacing was minimal. Got some bread and a sour vinergary tone on the nose, which carried over into the taste. I'm guessing this is not how it should be. However, It was actually a quite pleasant taste, and I've found that in the summer, I quite like a sour beer.

Overall, was okay tih this beer. Would be interesting to try one fresh and see how different the taste is.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of lobos62
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Jbats
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of podes
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of MDDMD
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with a large off-white head and great lacing

S-caramel, toasted malt, slight herbal, slight floral

T-caramel, orange, bready malt, floral,moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-very nice ESB with great flavor and balance, easy drinking

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Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of tbeer40
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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Extra Special Bitter Ale from Climax Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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