Temple Extra Special Bitter | Temple Brewing Company

3 Ratings

Brewed by:
Temple Brewing Company

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CrazyDavros on 10-14-2012

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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.36/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a pleasant, clear and deep amber hue, with an initially fizzy and frothy head of off-white. The fizziness is offputting, but it settles to a relatively pleasant minimal film, pocked with some larger pancake bubbles. Carbonation is fine, body looks like it has some weight to it. Overall, looks pretty good.

Nose is prickly with faintly herbal, faintly earthy hop characters, and very little sweetness or malt character. Slight tannic overtones, and perhaps a little spiciness—something like an astringent herb, far from being peppery. It does feel a little bit weak, and really feels like it needs more body and richness to back it up, but it's OK.

Taste is similar—in fact perhaps here the lack of body and sweetness is even more detrimental. Here the hops almost tend towards harsh without any cushioning—prickly herbs, holly, rosemary and dry crushed tea leaves. Feel also suffers, with a thinness permeating the experience. Very little presence from the malt; perhaps a slight grainy character but minimal else.

I understand that the hops should be front and centre in an ESB, but here they feel out of balance, and it's crying out for more richness. I can imagine that this pouring on hand-pump would help, but out of the bottle it's unfortunately the weakest of the Temple range I've had so far.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby/copper with a lasting off-white head.
Nose shows bready and grainy malt, plain spicy hops and some caramel and nutty characters.
Similar flavours. Nutty, toasty malt and spicy hops followed up by a metallic note.
Carbonation is a bit excessive.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From Warners. No BB.

Pours copper body, one finger head , dies quickly. Little lace.

Aromas of earthy hops.

Taste is a mish-mash. There are some caramels and eand earthy malts but there is also a metallic twang on the back palate that overshadows any subtleness.

Carbonation low. Having said that it was a gusher.

Not a great beer, I really didn't want the added metal. Better as it warms.

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Temple Extra Special Bitter from Temple Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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