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Five Star Ale | Bull Falls Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bull Falls Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brakspear on 12-28-2007

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by brakspear:
Photo of brakspear
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice addition to the Wisconsin brewing landscape: an English-style ESB -- very clean, with a fresh floral hop aroma and flavor, but tilted towards the malt in its body and finish.

The ale is a brilliant amber, no haze, and a nice cream colored head that lingers in the glass.

The aroma is a well-blanced blend of likely crystal or caramel malt sweetness balanced with English hops, perhaps East Kent Golding? Some toasted malt biscuity character present as well.

The flavor is a very clean blend of malt (biscuit and sweet) and hop bitterness, with the malt sweetness up front followed by a slight bitterness in the finish. Balanced, but leaning towards the malt overall.

The beer is a bit too big for a standard session bitter, but would fall in nicely with the higher gravity ESB crowd. The ale is very clean and very drinkable. People looking for an in-your-face American hop pale ale might be disappointed by the subtle balance on this beer, but this is a very nice initial offering from the new brewery.

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Photo of Giesch
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of runwild99
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a finger of off white foam, deep saturated reddish orange sunset tones, bright clarity.
Delicate sticky lacing around the edges. Toasted malt aroma, lightly sweet, vague yeast presence.

Smooth taste, toasted malt, multigrain bread crusts, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Light bodied with light easy going carbonation. Overall this was surprisingly pleasant, though it doesn't reinvent the wheel. Good intro craft beer for the hop averse.

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Photo of MooseBoose
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ragingbull
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in color with a frothy foam head that clings to the glass. The nose is very faint, and doesn't reveal itself all that well. The mouthfeel is pretty standard and therefore "average." The flavor seems to have a dull malt character to it with a little bit of breadiness at the finish. The most important thing that I can say about this beer is that it could probably use an infusion of hops. Nothing crazy, but a little bit more than it has.

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Photo of Ri0
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 16oz can into snifter. It is a light and cloudy amber color with some warming red tones. A fat sandy colored 2.5 finger head fades slowly and coats my glass with webbed lacing. The aroma is somewhat weak with bready notes, slightly fruity, and light earthy hops. The initial flavor is a dose of bready malts, but becomes more balanced from U.S. Golding hops, this combination permits a beautiful sweetness, without being cloying. Feel is rather light and crisp. It's hard for me not to buy these $5.50 16oz canned 4 packs even if they are fairly conservative.

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Photo of beer_ben
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this is a pretty solid brew from a very small outfit. I had it from a can bought at a local IGA ... no idea how fresh it was. It definitely leaves me wanting to try more of their stuff.

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Photo of Benish
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EinGutesBier
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've tried both the "new" and "old" batches of this English pale on tap. Although it's tough for a brewer to nail the same beer exactly, something seems missing, somehow, from the second batch. As a result, this is cumulative review.

Appearance: Ruby to amber colored with a slight haze, though I don't think it's chill haze. Could be wrong, though.

Smell: Mostly an overwhelming sugary scent from the candi sugar used in this brew, with maybe a slight citrus twinge. Some aroma hops try to force their way through, albeit unsuccessfully.

Taste: The citrusy taste from the smell comes through as the primary tone of the initial flavor. After the sharpness subsides, the malt is allowed a moment in the spotlight and fades away alongside some brief hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer shows some weakness. The best way to describe this would be "slick" while being watery at the same time. No notable body for the palatte (mine, at least) except for this indescribable slickness.

Drinkbility: I wouldn't try to put more than a pint of this away. I've found that if I do, I'm flirting with a bit of a headache, though I don't think it's necessarily associated with fusels. It's also worth noting that the alcohol hits you like a sack of bricks - not necessarily powerful, but non-subtle would be the way to describe it.

Overall, a decent beer from an emerging brewery in the northwoods. I was told that this is intended to be a Speckled Hen clone, though I wouldn't want to agree or disagree. That's up to the beer drinker in question. For the volume, not bad, though I would recommend investing the beer budget in some Central Waters brew, given the option.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lemke10
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear, dark amber color with a slight beige head. The aroma is malty with a touch of citrus. The taste is smooth and easy drinking. It has a well-balanced flavor and taste. I thought it was a lot better than the rating would suggest.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice, chill-haze amber, decent head, clingy lace.

S: Malty, with a slight hoppy nose.

T: Very good malt backbone, nice slight hop bite, not sure of the hop style, but, very pleasing.

M: Very clean, refreshing ESB.

D: Not very overpowering, not sure of the ABV, but, was easily sessioned at a local tavern. Damn decent beer.

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Photo of PursuitOfHoppiness
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of HWPlainview
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice all-around drinking British-style ale. It is flavorful without being too overpowering and looks nice in the glass.

It has warm malt aromas that are slightly sweet on the nose, with maybe a few English hops as well.

The body is a slightly hazy copper color with a nice tight off-white head that sticks around in the glass.

The flavor is well-balanced with both malt sweetness and slight bread flavors taking their turns on the palate. The hops are present but do not overwhelm like many American style beers. The body seems satisfying without being cloying on the tongue.

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Photo of navanzile
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of thumperskibum
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SierraFlight
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Taste: crisp, subtle sweet caramel, nutty, and some tart fruit notes. Mild fruit nose. Amber, semi clear, foamy head with a ring of lace. Medium/lite body. Might not been given a fresh sample.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear orangish amber color with off-white colored head. Caramel, bread, toffee, a light grass note, and some cereal on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more caramel and bread.

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Photo of cd34
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ParkbrauFan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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