Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ | Rock Art Brewery

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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³

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Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ESB squared! It’s big! It’s bitter and it’s balanced! Heck, we even dry hopped it with Tettnang hops, but I’ll admit the Tomahawk chewed up the dry hop and didn’t spit it out!

Added by scottum on 08-29-2006

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Photo of cbl2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/17/2007 $3.25 22 oz. 8.00% No best by date.


Pours a hazy medium brown highlighted with some orange, and topped by a thin film of foamy tan head that is quick to settle.


Mild floral hops with just a touch of grapefruit alongside the barest hint of roasted malt.


Bottle is labeled "EXTREME" and then in small print "This Ain't For No Mama's Boy or Daddy's Girl", and at 8% ABV and 80 IBU's, I was expecting a bold, in your face brew. The floral and pine hops are fairly muted, though their hop oils provide a nice slickness to the mouthfeel. Flowery esters dominate the flavor up front, but are soon joined by a caramel sweetness that balances things out. Alcohol is apparent, though not in a bad way towards the finish, which has a tea-like sweetness and astringency. The IBU's creep up on you in this one, and as I near the bottom of my pint, I'm realizing that this isn't as balanced as I first surmised. For $3.25, this was worth the purchase, if only to have said I tried it, though I don't think I'll be doing so again.

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Photo of far333
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy honey colored with quick rising streams of fine bubbles running towards a half inch high head of thick off-white foam. The head lingers long and leaves a ring of lace around the inside of the glass as it lowers itself.

Aroma of buttery malt and hops - I'm picking up citrus, some floral, and a bit of pine, all the colors of the hop rainbow with none dominating. Maybe even a bit of alcohol ether showing through.

Flavor is initially piney hops, slowly morphing to...piney hops. Malt base is understated but some doughey malt does come through. It is somewhat hidden by hop bitters and alcohol fumes, and no other flavors emerge, save for some grapefruit rind.

Full and rich mouthfeel, fills the entire mouth as it rolls through. A carbonation tingle in the finish and an alcohol warmth lingers.

Not very drinkable for me, lacks depth.

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Photo of EPseja
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Vibrant orange and gently hazed with a creamy off-white head that instantly grabs hold of the glass sides and digs in for a ride down the sides of the glass. Head retains well, and lacing comes in sheets.

S - A pretty standard big-hop profile with leanings toward the juicy citrus side rather than the pine side. Malts are unassuming, and just barely able to carry the weight of the big green cones. Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary.

T - Just when you expect to be bashed in the face with hops, you get a very pleasant repreive. Up front is a mild, English malt sweetness with nice undertones of baked goods and light caramel. In the middle, the hops join in the fun, but play nicely with the muffins to create a very pleasant balance. After the muffins go to bed, the hops stay out late and party on the back of your tongue, taking turns sliding down your drying throat into your belly, where a gentle alcohol glow awaits. Not nearly as extreme as the label might have you think, but excellently balanced.

M - Hangs just over the "watery" fence on the "slick" side where it belongs. Gentle puff in the mouth and a great, throat coating finish with little gassiness. Excellent!

D - Given things like the word "Extreme" and "ESB3", I was expecting to be blasted with a crazy, uber hop beer like everybody and their mother seems to be creating nowadays, precariously balanced on the brink of a gustatory cliff. Instead, I was presented with a genuinely tasty and super enjoyable ESB that, even though it uses a heavy-handed dose of hops, allows the malts to have a say in it's direction and character. My suggestion? Next time, let the "super-colossal, big, bold, and brash, you're-not-worthy, crazy and kooky" marketing bandwagon pass you up by creating a not-so-misleading label and let this well-crafted beer speak for itself.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly foggy apricot with a slight reddish blush. Atop the beer sits barely two fingers of ivory colored foam that is firm and bubbly rather than creamy. It's surprisingly sticky, though, and is doing a tremendous job in the lace department. Hop resins perhaps?

I think it's pretty safe to assume that the hop bill contains Magnum and Tomahawk (Columbus) at least. And I don't even speak Latin. Although the nose could be a little more aggressive, it's aggressive enough. Buttery pale malt is balanced by hops that are citric, herbal and earthy in turn.

Magnamus ete Tomahawkus does what it sets out to do. It's an impressively bitter (all 80 IBUs are present and accounted for), high ABV ale with flavors that are typically associated with the ESB style. Given the superscript '3' that appears in the name, I assume that the boys at Rock Art think of it as a triple ESB. Or would that be an Imperial ESB?

An adequate amount of pale malt (no hint of caramel malt) holds down the bottom end, while lemon citric, grassy hops cavort on the top end. I can't quite put my finger on it, but that 'extra certain something' that all good beer has is missing. I like what I'm tasting, I'm just not blown away by the magnificence of it. For some reason, I have a feeling that this is a beer that would shine on-tap.

Great job on the alcohol masking. A minor sting is present on the finish, but other than that it's smooth sailing. The mouthfeel is okay for a 5.0% ale, but not for an 8.0% beast. It's a trifle thin and could stand to have more invigorating carbonation.

This 'Extreme' beer is the best of the three Rock Art offerings that I've had so far. I'm sure that has a lot to do with the fact that I love me some hops. If you're a bona fide hophead who's a quart low on alpha acids, give Magnumus ete Tomahawkus ESB a whirl. It's pretty damn close to pretty good beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bomber. Pours a clear copper color, with a light beige, creamy, tan head of about 1/4". Minimal carbonation espied within, and lacing is plentiful and attractive. Nose gives off some toasty malt attributes along with some herbal hop notes. Not bad... Body is roughly in the medium range, though it is a touch prickly on the tongue.

Flavor has a little, light sweetness with toasty malt and caramel, but the hops are the dominant player here. They come across as herbal and somewhat earthy, with almost a suggestion of mint in there as well, lingering a while on the palate. In general, a decent bier, though the hops used here just don't do a lot for me in the manner in which they are combined. I'd drink another if offered, though I'd not likely seek this one out.


overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of MmmIPA
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden yellow body with a off white head.Some nice lacing is left on the glass.Smell is pine and grapfruity and some buscuity malt tied in there for good measure.Grapefruit up front and there is a bitter hop in the aftertaste.Mouthful seams a bit thin and like dishwater but enjoyable with a good amount of carbonation.This stuff aint bad but its 80 ibu's and it dont seem that high.I would give it a higher drinkability but its 8% and that may get to you sooner then later.Good stuff but not somthing I will have again for a while.

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Photo of Brad007
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has also been released into 4 packs as of recent.

Appearance- Yellow/pale in color with a thin head. Nothing impressive here.

Smell- Strong, fruity aroma. For me, it's easy to tell that it is going to have quite a punch.

Taste- Strong, alcoholic taste with some fruitiness. The alcohol dominates the palate though.

Mouthfeel- Leaves a bitter, stinging aftertaste and a nice warm feeling in the mouth area.

Drinkability- It's definitely not a session ale. Drinkability is average at best and if you are going to down a bottle of this, you should have some decent food pairings to keep the alcohol content (8.0% ABV) in check.

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Photo of theo871
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber direct from the brewery.

Pours a cloudy coppery-orange color. Fingernail-length head forms on top. Lots of lacing on remains on glass. Smells and tastes rather hoppy, very much like a strong IPA, with a bitter bite on the mouthfeel. Although at 8% you probably couldn't go too far with this one as a session, you will feel satisfied at the end of the bottle. Definitely a winner from Rock Art

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice looking slightly hazy copper colour with a mid-to big sized creamy off-white head that has a lot of stickiness to it.

The aroma is a wonderful blast of hops which are balanced with a caramel malt sweetness. The hop aromas here lean toward the bread and/or pine variety and just make for some wonderful scents overall.

The flavour is hoppy but not as hoppy as the aroma. It is cut through with some bitterness and a bit of sweetness. There's more of a dirty earth quality here and some hints of pepper and perhaps other spice as well. Caramel sweetness is still here but much less apparent than it is in the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and very sharp to the tongue.

I liked this one. I was expecting it to be a bit more mellow than it was (although I don't know why as the word extreme is plainly plastered across the front of the bottle) but was not disappointed at all for a bit of a jacked up brew. I'd say it needs an ever so slight tweaking in the balance department to keep the malt more in line with the hops, but it's current makeup is still quite nice and I really have no complaints about it. Recommended.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Sunset Grill. Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed this one a whole lot. Suprised to find it on-tap.

Poured a clear almost-gold in color. Color was perhaps a bit off for what I was expecting. Some spotted lace with a struggling foam head. Nose was malty and balanced out nicely with some mildly bittering hops.

Nice balance all around to this beer. Malts were sweet and even had a slight breadiness to the. Hops were a blend of spruce and evergreen and came out more as the beer warmed. I have a hunch this would be a copmpletely different beer if served out of a bottle. Medium body that filled out a bit as moved through the pint glass.

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Photo of scriabin
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I love the ESB. It is right up their in my own personal trinity of beer styles, along with the weissbeir and english ale. I certainly give rock art credit for creativity, but this one is just a little over the top. It has a great appearance and excellent mouthfeel, but the extra extra hops and apricotish flavor were a bit of a turnoff. But maybe that's just me...

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively clear golden amber into my imperial pint glass yielding an inch or so of head, slowly settling to a film on top. Aromas are light and crisp with more of a hoppy nose.

Carbonation hits the tongue and follows with a bit of citrus and something sweetish - not sure how to place it. Follows through with a bunch of hops - bitter and chewy - leaving a bit of cotton on the tongue and eventualy residing back in a dry place called bitterland.

This is an interesting brew, everything it said it was on the bottle. Not that I would drink this with any regularity but it does have a quaffable quality to it indeed, and at 8% that is trouble. I would, however, much prefer a nice sessionable bitter.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Whole Foods Market in Arlington, VA in August 2006, then cellared for six months. Brown bomber with a green and yellow label featuring some abstract art under the label EXTREME, with the subtitle "This Ain't for No Mam's Boy or Daddy's Girl." No ingredient or freshness info.

Pours a slightly hazy copperish gold under a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly to thick bubbly film and thin collar, leaving just a couple drops on the glass. The nose is strong of citrus and pine, with a touch of sweet caramel lurking in the back. The mouth is well-carbonated and fairly light. Not much balance here, as the 80 IBUs kick in from the start, opening with a citrus inclination, then quickly moving through coniferous to espresso bitter. The aftertaste is strongly dry and bitter, less like espresso than like chewing on a coffee bean (or a hops pellet). The bitterness lasts and lasts. I'm enjoying it, but it definitely is extreme.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a hazy amber with a finger of white head that leaves a nice lacing as I make my way to the bottom of the glass. Smells of sweet citrus fruits like orange and also a slight raisin note. Tastes of ripe fruit, sweet caramel malt, and bitter hops. Finishes dry and peppery. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The high alcohol precludes this one as a session beer for me, but I had no problem going through the bomber by the time I finished a few slices of pizza.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rock Art Extreme ESB pours a hazy copper color with a creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves down to a ring around the beer leaving a few spots of lace on the sides of the glass. An aroma of orange and lemon citrus hops with just a hint of pale malt hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly creamy on the palate with a mild carbonation tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is mainly a citrus hoppy flavor with notes of orange and lemon. Towards the end there's some caramel and pale malt sweetness with bit of bubblegum flavor mixed in. Once gone the citrus orange flavor and a bit of caramel malt linger on the palate.

This beer could use a bit more malt to balance out the hops. Otherwise it's a very tasty beer that hides it's 8% alcohol well.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the unfortunate duty of having to be my third reviewed Rock Art beer, when the first two did not earn above a "3" rating. They did a fair good job with this one, but in no way have they completely redeemed themselves.

Very fruity nose, kind of a smoky after bite as well. I've often had a little bit of difficulty distinguishing the effects of hops on a hopped up beer and an ESB. To me this one is very hopped up, and bitter.

A pretty heavy beer, definitely not a session beer, but very good.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extreme? maybe not, but rock art did a nice job on this brew

Very, very citrusy nose

Pours a nice copper color. bone colored head that doesn't really reatin, but laces nicely

Taste is like a light DIPA, but in a good way. there is an abundant hop rpesence. but the matly finish deinately evens it out.

Mouhtfeel is kind of chewy, but over all very drinkable.

nice show, like to se some more "high caliber" brews from rock art

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Photo of lpayette
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber. 80 IBUs 8.0% ABV

Appearance- Light to medium amber. Small head, but good lacing.

Smell- The small head makes this hard to smell, but sweet amber or caramel? malt and evidently english hops dominate the nose. A touch of honey tops the whole thing off.

Taste- If this is really and ESB, then it's one of the best tasting I've had. Well balanced malts and hops, but they are both bold. Caramel is followed by a bitterness and grapefruit taste. Hints of honey. Finally there is a delicate mist of smoke. Slightly grainy. An intense ESB, very interesting.

Mouthfeel- Medium-bodied. Low carbonation, but ample for the style. Slightly crisp, and almost smooth.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink. Sessionable. Reminds me just a bit of a DFH 90 minute IPA that has been tuned down.

I think that Rock Art is onto something here- an interesting twist in the way that this brew is marketed as opposed to their normal offerings, and a bigger and bolder taste to match.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.77/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - this ESB cubed pours out a cloudy golden orange color, with a thin cream colored head, too cloudy to note carbonation

S - smells like a DESB/DIPA combo, the piney and grapefruitty notes associated with those styles, lurking in the background is a subtle nondescript sweetness

T - alcohol is too big up front, with the hops characteristics, the pine and grapefruit are secondary and in the background, not much else in the flavor, for me anyway

M&D - dry and light bodied, not much of a mouthfeel, decent flavors and brew, i was just rather unimpressed, especially for such a pretentious label, latin words and and extreme labels, a decent brew though, not bad

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, no freshness dating, pours lightish, washed out amber, cloudy, with a nice looking, tiny bubble, egg shell head, leaving plenty o' fine, scattered lacing. Nose is of boldly mild British style hops. Flavorful, hoppy Brit style creation, interesting, complex, quite dry stuff. Nice job here by Rock Art. Probably the best one of theirs I've tried. Not quite a double IPA, as others have suggested, more of a double ESB. What ever you want to call it, I like it.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ESB x 3

AP: A semi-cloudy copper/amber color with a bubbly but thin and a scattered head that eventually recedes to a thick ring around the edge with little delicate designs in the bubbly cap.

Nose: A strong sweet-fruit and citrus (lemmons for sure) hop scent upfront and a semi-sweet malt scent underneath. This has the nose of an double IPA with a slightly stronger malted scent.

Taste: Triple ESB...very interesting indeed, this one tastes much like a Double IPA with it's fruity effects but this also displays some hearty, wheatie, caramalized malted flavors as well.

MF: Medium body, crispy feeling and rather substantial feel on the palate.

DA: 8.0 % ABV hits pretty hard after the second 20 oz'er!

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. This beer is a true copper color with a half finger of head that settles to a patchy coat. There is a constant and moderate carbonation working up, and the clarity is fantastic. Wafting this one, I get some big toasty and earthy British malt tones with a very solid earthy British hop behind it. There is a light alcohol puff in there that accentuates the earthy notes, and brings out some pine and woodsy notes in the hop. It is enjoyable. The flavor is right on line with the aroma, giving me a blast that combines peppery, earthy and woodsy hop that are accentuated by an alcohol kick and spiceyness. It moves to a more toasted breadyness from the malt, and finishes with a solid resinous woody hop with a moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick, with a mild carbonation. This one is extremely drying to me. I think this one is a nice brew. Even though the alcohol is apparent, it does not detract. It has a ton of earthyness that really keeps me interested here. I like it.

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Photo of Franchise
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown, golden and slightly foggy in appearance that leaves a thick frothy white head that disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is strong molasses, hop citrus, pine, caramel, sugary sweetness. The taste starts bitter upfront with a citrus rind bitterness, followed by a spicy honey flavor on the palate which is smooth but the bitterness is again strong upfront. Overall this is a good beer easily the best Rock Art beer I've tried but not so extreme but quality and worth trying.

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Photo of miskatonic
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on draught here in Manhattan, and boy was I surprised. I've always been fond of drinking beers from this brewery while making visits to family in Vermont, but I was surprised to start seeing the beers available in NYC, and very surprised to see this beer, which is brand new and a very unexpected style to come from a brewery that regularly offers much more mild, and easy drinking session beers (and this is no session beer). The MET ESB3 pours a rich amber color, almost honey gold in it's hues, with a nice frothy head (alpha acids working their magic?). The nose on this beer is very spicy and hoppy, with almost no detection of malts which maybe is due to late addition hops coupled with dry-hopping (I'm guessing). The first taste is full of peppery citrusy hop bite and a crisp dry finish, but after a few more sips the hops balance out and there is a very nice malt sweetness that blends with the strong hop bitterness to offer a very tangy yet still dry finish. This is a very very hoppy and well balanced ale, and the malt flavors I would expect from an ESB are definitely present, but the hops take over very quickly with big grapfruity piney flavors. This is an excellent brew, but I need to do further research with it to see if I can fully appreciate the idea that this is a double (or as the brewer seems to imply triple) ESb. A very good selection, and highly endorsed.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish, cloudy amber with a decent sized head that fades to a collar with a bit of dusting. The nose is full of earthy English hops, alongside some cinnamon spice and zesty caramel malts. The overall aromatic impression is one of dryness. On the palate, sweet caramel malts with an orange tinge give way to hop bitterness at the mid-palate and a dry finish. The hops are rather piney, but they also have a funk that fits in well with the malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of alcoholic hotness, and brash-but-not-overdone hop oils. This is a fair interpretation of an "double" ESB -- hoppy and malty at the same time, but retaining drinkability. One of the better Rock Art brews.

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Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³ from Rock Art Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 210 ratings.
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