ABC ESB | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HugoGrim on 11-22-2005

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by DeezJutz:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of generallee
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cask pour at ABC Harrisburg during the 10th Anniversary celebration.

A: The ale is a hazy amber brown color. When held to light, a more orange tone emerges.

S: The nose is bitter hoppiness, earthy and a bit dirty, with a nice caramel and toffee malt body.

T: The bitterly pungent hops from the nose continue into the taste. The hops are dirty and strong, providing clear evidence of some dry-hopping. As the hops recede, a toffee and caramel malts provide a dry sweetness that nicely compliments the strong hops. The end of the sip is pure hop bitterness, not overly strong just bitter.

M: The mouthfeel is solid, full of hoppy bitterness and malt dryness.

D: Very drinkable, I'd love to try this without the added dry-hopped element.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with about one finger of foamy white head.

The scent is floral and bitter hops.

The taste was of bitter hops firstly, some earthiness, and slightly sweet.

Medium bodied, smooth, light carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer. One of the best offerings from ABC I've had.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hopdog
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Drafting Room in Springfield, PA. Pint served in a shaker glass.

Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Light floral aroma with caramel. Sweet caramel tasting with light hops. All around softer.

Notes from 8/30/05

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask served in a pint at the Harrisburg location Appears with a cascade of rising bubbles that forms a finger of creamy nitro-like silky head that is tan. The body is a dark amber brown, lightly hazed. The cap displays pretty good retention and leaves some patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma primarily consists of toffee malt sweetness. There is a hint of minty, herbal hops thrown in. Overall this is a very muted aroma that doesn't showcase much more than the one note of sweet grain and faint hopping. Not bad, just lacking a bit.

The taste is sweet toffee malt with a citrus and herbal hop presence. Slight green yeasty note fills the middle of the profile and mixes with some veggie hops. The aftertaste is dry and toasty with a decent mixture of malt verse hops without much bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel and light level of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking and not a bad take on the style but it also isn't something I would pay to have again.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of PlatoSmash
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

From tap at the Collegeville BrewPub

Appearance was what I expected from an ESB: not pale or dark, however just a bit past amber.

Nice aroma, expected a nice malty beer and that's what I received.

Taste was very balanced with an outstanding hit hops at the end of a swallow. The beer felt neither light or chewy in the mouth which made for a pleasant first drink.

Overall this is a great beer with a great but without a big alcohol hit. This is a very good British ESB.
I wish this style would catch on in the US!

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap at ABC's Harrisburg location. Amber in color, it got to me with no head to speak of. It sported an aroma of caramel and malt with a hoppyness and a hint of something floral. The flavor is sweet and nutty with a strong hoppy, malty bitterness backing. Wisps of caramel in the flavor here and there. All in all a good ESB, though not as strong and full flavored as other English ESBs.

I enjoyed this beer with an appetizer of ABC's hot soft pretzels and spicy mustard... a very excellent complement I recommend.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ABC ESB from Appalachian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 17 ratings