E.S.B. | Broad Ripple Brew Pub

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Brewed by:
Broad Ripple Brew Pub
Indiana, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 10-24-2002

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Jon:
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber/mahogany color with a frothy off-white head.

Caramelized malty nose with a hint of floral, earthy hops.

Very well-balanced flavor with notes of toasty caramel malt, toffee, herbal, earthy hops and a lingering, off-dry finish.

Superbly smooth mouthfeel with medium body.

This ESB drinks incredibly easily. A well-balanced ale with a great deal of character. The best everyday offering from Broad Ripple Brewpub.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a ½ pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm reddish-brown body with a thick snow-white head that last for a bit then fades to a thin ring around the rim. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The taste of smooth toasted malt has a very slight sweetness to it giving it a fresh taste with a light pine hops nose to follow.

T- The flavor of toasted malt is supported by notes of biscuit malt and a very light caramel note. The finish is a light smooth pine hops with a light bitterness that finishes pretty quickly.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol warmth when the beer warms.

D- This beer has some nice malt flavor with softer hop flavor. This is a nice session beer with good malt flavors supported by hops flavor.

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Photo of zachpaschal
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoodBrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Generik420
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is definitely the flagship beer at the Broad Ripple Brewpub. It won a gold medal at the GABF in the early/mid 90's, and it what really propelled the brewpub to fame at that time. Beer pours a nice deep copper color with a thin off white head. Head dissapates quickly. They pour 20oz imperial pints, and give you a very full measure. Taste is outstanding. Strong malty backbone with a nice crisp finish. Definitely has some sweetness present and very mild bitterness. Body is between light and medium, making it a very easy drinking beer. This could easily be a great session beer that doesn't seem to grow old on the palate.

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Photo of thedrewski86
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the best beer I had at Broad Ripple when I was recently there. This is a great example of a Bitter: hazy golden color, moderate lacing, great smell (biting hops) and the taste is amazing. Perfectly balanced malt and hops; not too bitter and just the right amount of fruity sweetness. This and their double IPA go great with fish'n'chips.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chestnut color, almost mohogany. Small, thin white head, not much retention or lace. Darker, malt almost a roasty aroma. Floral hop aroma. Good slightly caramel biscuit malt, followed by a fair amount of floral hop bitterness. Finishes slightly dry. Lighter body, low carbonation. This is another great session beer brom Broad Ripple.

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Photo of amattocks2
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aasher
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blurredline
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BlackAngus
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the BRBP's flagship beer, a gold-medal winner in the GABF. And you can tell.

The appearance is slightly turbid, with a dark copper color. Carbonation is low, with little head, which is indicitive of the style.

Smell has a pleasant, earthy hop aroma, with hints of malt.

Taste is exceptional. This is the money-maker.

Mouthfeel is smooth, low carb, well balanced.

Very drinkable. I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of HarleyRaceVentura
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - It pours in an exceptionally picturesque manner. Never have I seen a cask beer look so good. The brown body proudly boasts a generous crown of off-white frothy head. I am astounded.

S - Amazing, fantastic, beyond superlative. Delectable notes of cocoa and vanilla mingle with a rich maltiness and a bright grassy-leafy hop bitterness.

T - This beer is loaded with complexity and subtlety; it is also the picture of balance. The earthy, leafy, grassy and resiny hop is very forward in the mix, but the malt is ample and sturdy. Notes of rich malt meld into nuances of vanilla and cocoa, and the hop segues from bitter to more herbal as the glass empties.

M - Velvety and luxurious, with ample brightness and effervescence. The best cask I've ever had.

D - I would drink many a pint of this if I lived in Indianapolis.

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Photo of poogas
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of AuntBea
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheWiredDJ
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of cnally
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another beer for me. another reason to get divorced.

the esb is a radiant red with absolutely no head. what is it with me not getting any head?

bitter, sour aroma of grain and cabbage. I didn't say it was great.

the flavor is very good. it is a nice spicy hop flavor right up front which maintains its body until a bitter flavor kicks in. slightly fruity quality in this one as well, as well as a little grassy aftertaste.

thick, undercarbonated mouthfeel.

very decent brew here. more carbonation please, but that is my personal preference. great flavor on this.

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Photo of denimdemon
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JamesS
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice ESB, it had a wonderful copper color to it, with excellent lacing. Nice malty scent, and a nice bit of earthy hops in the undertone. Good taste, nice and clean, with a bit more of a malty feel than most ESBs, with a wonderful earthy hop finish. It goes down smooth, quite a wonderful ESB.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zainyolprospector
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of goodbeer4cheap
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I style of beer I always have loved over the last 21 years and in a format that I would drink first in most places if it was available. Of the currently available beers of this style in my area, Sawtooth Ale (not the nitro one) and Fullers ESB are clearly it's only peers. When visiting other areas I buy ESB when I see it around. Still Broad Ripple has been doing this well for a long time and has kept it around because they do ESB good.

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