Anniversary Ale | Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks

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Brewed by:
Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ffejherb on 01-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Darkmagus82:
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is for Anniversery Ale IV - the 4th year for the beer
Served on tap at the brew pub.

Appearance – Pours a copper color with an off colored head giving way to a bit of lacing and a thin foam with large bubbles entrapped within.

Smell – Some malty and bread aromas met the nose first with a sweetness of caramel and some citrus coming through. At last a bit of floral aromas find their way to the nose.

Taste – The maltiness first hits the tongue followed quickly by some sweet carmel flavor. The carmel persists a bit, but soon the citrus and a bit of piney hop exert their presence.

Mouthfeel – A body of modererte thickness with a very nice level of carbonation. A very easy drinking body with a good turbidity.

Overall – A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. A good beer to try.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Lightly hazed, deep copper with a thin off-white head that retained well and left decent lace.

S-Sweet caramel malts with earthy hops, and a hint of citrus. All light but quite "clean".

T-Clean caramel malt upfront with a nice earthy, spicy light citrus hop profile. A bit of brown sugar and mustiness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with lingering earthy flavours.

D-Very nice, smooth and easy-drinking. This is a hybrid brew that comes off like a beefed up ESB with an American hop twist. A fun and different beer for Elk Creeks 1st of what is hopefully many more anniversaries!

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Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Elk Creek in celebration of their first anniversary. Described on the beer menu as a "special winter ale [that] is a classic ESB mashed up with some classic American hops."

A - Poured a slightly hazy, deep amber/caramel-colored body with one-finger off-white head that retained decently and yielded spotty lacing.

S - Aroma combines grainy and caramel malts with earthy, leafy hops and a splash of citrus. Some subtle hints of pine also emerge as the liquid warmed up.

T - Flavor features a hefty caramel malt presence at the forefront, but with a complementary hop profile suggesting citrus fruit and leafy greens. Overall, this is a fairly sweet offering with toffee and brown sugar notes and a slight burnt caramel character.

M - Medium, lightly carbonated body with a syrupy texture and clean finish. Sweet on the palate with only minimal hop bitterness.

D - Easy-drinking, sessionable ale with plenty of malt and hop flavors, but leaning more toward the malt end of the spectrum, but certainly not overdone or too sweet. This drinks like an ESB on steroids. Happy first anniversary, Elk Creek!

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Anniversary Ale from Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks
3.85 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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