Brown's Point ESB | Harmon Restaurant & Brewery

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Brown's Point ESBBrown's Point ESB
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Brown's Point ESBBrown's Point ESB

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Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-06-2003

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful, deep, dark, hazy orange in color with sediment in the body and a gorgeous, moderate head that left cool-looking pits of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell – The malty fuggle nose is huge coming off of this ale. The singular use of the fuggle hops makes this one pungent like a rotten apricot or grapefruit. The toasted malt backbone fits right in.

Taste – Oh, this has got to have a ton of fuggle hops. They are overpowering. You really have to like fuggles to enjoy this ale. If you do, they mix perfectly with the toasted almost burnt malt backbone.

Mouthfeel – This will dry and pucker your mouth in for sure. My cheeks are beggin’ for mercy here, but of course I’m showing them none. This is close enough to medium-bodied to call it so and velvety smooth. It is very thick and chewy in the mouth.

Drinkability – Again, if you love fuggles like I do then this is the Buddha. If not, this will gag ya.

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Photo of explosivebeer
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Harmon Brewery. This one was a little clearer than the Pinnacle Peak Pale but still had some haziness to go along with a darker orange color. It has mild bitterness with some citrus/grapefruit and a little spice, with a mild malty finish.

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Photo of jwmarcum
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of DKRowden
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of spencerw
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: - This brewski pours a slightly foggy, light brown brew with a 1 inch head that lingers for a few sips. Good lacing that seems to stick around the glass for its entirety.

S: - Not a whole lot however the smell of citrus and estery hops is present. Not much of a malt character present. Need to smell hard to come up with anything.

T: - Decent malt flavor with bittering hops present that kicks in. Slightly bready. Not a lot of flavor overall.

M: - Watery! Well balanced beer though. Refreshing. For sure a light body beer.

D: - Smooth flowing. Very drinkable. Good session beer. I could see myself pounding these at some point. Just not a "wow" beer by any stretch.

I'd have it again for sure. Will I add it to my weekly "pick ups" at the local beer store- NO! Just one of those you never think twice about. Won't go wrong though if you pick one up.

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Photo of Hortus
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from cask into pint glass.

Appearance - A light brown with slight cloudiness. Classic cask head initially then goes away after a few sips. Good lacing on top third of glass than looses lacing past that point.

Aroma - This 'Fresh Hop' beer does not have much aroma. Hops or malt.

Taste - Good rounded malt flavor with bittering hops present. Not a lot of flavor overall.

Mouthfeel - pleasant viscosity. Watery (not in a bad way. In a good thirst quenching way).

Drinkability - Smooth flowing. Very drinkable. Good session beer.

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Photo of froghop
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a semi-hazy with a small off-white head, lots of sediment, and okay lacing.

smell is faint, a few hops, a touch of citrus, and earthy.

taste is of light grapefruit, some sour malt, fresh hops, and a touch citrus, ends a little dry and bitter.

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Photo of Redrover
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ESB was served in a standard pint. The beer is a clear bronze with an off-white head. Ok lacing.

Nose of grains, some light hops add a touch of floral and citrus notes and unfortunately some dirty beer line funk.
Taste tracks the smell. Nice combo of sweet malts and mildly bitter hops. The funk makes a comeback 1/2 way through the beer :(

The mouth has nice low carbonation but is a trifle brittle. Not a session beer for me. Perhaps an off-batch?

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Photo of kgotcher
4.15/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drive between Portland and Seattle alot so I love to stop at this brew pub along the way (Tacoma) to pick up some treats for home.

22oz take home bomber bottled at the brewery. A nice amber color with a bit of haze and visible yeast particles which I don't mind. Nice creamy head and sticky lacings.

Smell is sweet and yet hoppy, must be the fuggles.

Taste is awesome with a strong malty flavor, hints of apple, and large amounts of hoppyness. Creamy mouthfeel with a more sour than bitter aftertaste. This one is very drinkable so enjoy one if you get a chance.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harrymel
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

Pours a copper, diaphanous ale with a sheet of off white foam. Light molasses and tea like malts with a hint of earthy hops on the nose - pretty spot on for ESB IMO. The malts are a little oxidized, but not off setting. There is a good herbal quality to the hops and a slight plastic and sharpness to the malt - almost as though the mash was an overnight mash. Body is medium on full and carb is hi as anticipated with a semi dry finish. This is a decent ESB. I always forget how exceptionally forgettable ESB's are and that the most beautiful thing about them is their subtly, like 007.

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Photo of eballard
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear beautiful amber brown color. The beer has a light spiciness to the hops smell. It has a sweet flavor with an earthy hoppy after taste. The beer starts with a smooth crisp feel with a nice finish. A great beer perfect for an evening meal.

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Photo of philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harmon Brewing Company--Browns Point ESB--Brewed With Fuggles Hops--Full Bodied Amber That Finishes Smooth & Clean--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV. 40 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Dense lasting lacy 1/2" head. Cloudy bright amber gold color. Aromatic floral Fuggles hop front with delicate malt ester notes. Creamy textured malty mellow sweet lightly earthy toaasted mild fruit smooth tasty ESB body. Clean slightly bitter fruit hop smooth end. Very refreshing nourishing rich mildly earthy tasty true ESB. Sampled 4/3/2011. Purchased for $4.50 at PCC--Greenlake, Seattle on 4/3/2011.

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Photo of atowle25
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off, I've never had an ESB before so I don't really have anything to compare this to. A little malty, some dark fruits in the taste and just a slight bitterness. Pours a light brown, decent carbonation. Easy to drink, I guess, but not much else. Not something I'd have again.

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Photo of ccrida
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange, off white collar. I like the color, but like all of their beers it's on the flat side.

Nose is floral hops and slight fruit, fragrant and inviting.

The taste is really nice, fruity, fresh and floral, rich but not thick. A nice, bready sweetness to the malt, really very little trace of hop bitters. This one was to enjoyable to waste much time trying to break down.

Medium mouthfeel, a nice crispness but some creaminess as well.

Man, I love a good ESB, and this was really fantastic. I'm really loving the masterful level with which Harmon crafts these classic ales. This one goes down like butter, and I'm fortunate to enjoy it on this fine evening.

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Photo of woemad
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint consumed for $4 at the Porterhouse Pub in Mount Vernon.

This was a copper color with an inch of white foam. Decent amount of lace.

This was mostly malty in the nose, with a mild, floral hop scent. The malts are not over the top sweet, but just right, giving a slightly caramel scent to theproceedings.

Like the smell, the taste of this beer is geared more toward the malty end of the spectrum. It's not a sugary malt bomb, however. There's a little bit of a hop twang, but this is the malt's show.

Medium bodied, with a well-carbonated mouthfeel. There wasn't any flatness issues like the ones I see mentioned in some of the other reviews.

A very sessionable beer, I could easily see myself partaking in the consumption of a pitcher of this.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Harmon
Poured a nice deep amber with a small white head. Nose is slightly bitter with a spice to it with earthy undertones. Taste much like it smells. Bitter in a sense but also very one dimensional. Drinkability is ok and the ABV is low so this could be a great session beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle provided by a local bar as a gift, a sample from the distributor. Poured into a tulip (by Gwen, I know I'm in trouble when she's being extra nice to me). Poured a semi-hazy orangeish-amber color with just under a half-inch of white head that average retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice balance of grainy malts and smooth hops. Neither dominated, although the hops were a bit more forward. On the tongue the was equally as balanced. Most of the tongue got smooth malts and the back of the tongue got the hops. There was a bit of a lingering citrusy hop finish.

The body was very nicely full and smooth without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was very good indeed, this is the kind of smooth, easy to drink beer that you could drink all day at a cookout or while watching the game. Overall, a very nice, though not exciting beer. This easy drinker is worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean ale with a surprising splash of sweetness and a balanced finish of refreshing fuggles bitterness. Brown’s Point won two bronze medals at the GABF in recent years and although I can’t see pinning a medal on this one, it is easy drinking. Topaz colored with a vague malty aroma, no lace, and modest bittering, Brown’s Point is brewed with English fuggles only.

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of OnTheRoof
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 24oz at the local bottle shoppe.

This is a very good ESB. I never like to admit that the local brewery might brew as good of beer of the same style but I might just have to. Boundery Bay ESB is one of my favorite beers. This one might be if it where availible on tap around here. That said I think it will be a while before I try another one I need to have several esbs to compare.

The after taste keeps you wanting more of this beer.

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Brown's Point ESB from Harmon Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 24 ratings