Buckeye Brewing Yuppie ESB | Buckeye Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Buckeye Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-13-2005

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by CaptCleveland:
Photo of CaptCleveland
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into SA glass. No bottle dating.
Clear, red-amber elixir, thick, one-finger off white head; plenty of Belgian lace.
Mild malt, biscuit aroma. Subtle hops, but no fruit.
Medium body, with nutty, earthy tones, some hop bitterness but balanced well.
Overall good representation of an ESB. Very drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Pours a cloudy golden colour, with a white retained head of one-quarter inch. Mild malty and faint hoppy aroma. Above average mouthfeel, understated hoppiness and a balance that was good wth a meal. Very good drinkability. Very pleasant for the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine, Lakewood, OH.

Pours a clear, dark gold (with some amber highlights) with a finger of creamy off-white head. Thin layer of creamy retention that leaves a nice looking latticework of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fairly rich with both floral hops and citric notes with just a touch of sweetness hiding in the back of the nose.

The taste strikes a nice balance between some moderate, earthy feeling hop bitterness, juicy citris character, and a sweet caramel base. The finish is bitter and dry on the palette. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a much creamier carbonation and overall smooth feel than I would have expected for an ESB, allowing for that 6.5% ABV to go down nicely.

A nice, moderate amount of taste and, most of all, good balance helped keep this ESB straight on the style and quite quaffable. This was a good pick on draft from Buckeye

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Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of SickGnar
2.38/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Nice, warm & light copper – just a tad peachy / orangey. Bright and clear. Several streams of bubbles and quite a few random ones as well are rise to the giant, very light khaki head of big bubbles that falls really quickly. Rather a lot of apparent carbonation.  Keeps a ring though and leaves a few spotty splotches of lace. 3.0

S: Metallic & minerally up front with a firm earthy back end – and twangy throughout. Oh no – bad sign # dos. Next I notice an odd sweetness – sharply sugary, but very thinly so – almost fake seeming. Perhaps more from alcohol than from malts? For as odd as it is, it is not all that strong.

T: Weird. Cloying (alcohol?) sweetness – ridiculously candy-like. It hurts my teeth. Basically no middle or malts. Ghost hints that are husky & toasty, and at the very end a bit of roast pokes through. Transition from Sharp sweetness to strongly medicinal and earthy hops is abrupt and a bit cringe inducing. Some herbal / leafy and resin character comes out in the finish. Alcohol is too noticeable for strength of brew and a touch hot. Metallic and mineral background ( but very much there – almost forceful) note is there throughout. A bit of estery / apple sweetness comes out as it warms.

M: Medium light, possibly less, for body. Carbonation is way over-balanced. Prickly and aggressively expansive & mouth-filling. Some coarse hop tannins for texture. Attenuated and dry. And even more drying from hops, and from alcohol that is way to noticeable for the this beer’s abv. It also gives some heat at the back of the throat.

D: I feel that this gone south in the bottle. Not tart or sour, but off – quite thinned out and strangely metallic, minerally & earthy. This is “matched” against a sharply cloying sweetness and an alcohol presence that is way to pronounced for the strength of the beer – and unpleasant anyway. It does have a fair bit going on, but too much of it is not good stuff. It may once have been good, but I only managed to drink it to enable me to review it. I hate to rate an obviously funked beer so low, but this is just bad.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for splitting the bottle

Review adapted from notes taken 9/18/11

Appearance: Amber, but very red - fizzy beige head, fades to some nice lacing

Smell: Sweet, with some fruits - apples, light fruits - pale and caramel malts, cooked and slightly toasted - some apparent minerality, herbal hops

Taste: Very sweet and fruity for an ESB, but it works - apple, pineapple, banana esters - lightly fruity, but not in a cloying way - decent malt profile - pale, caramel - hard water, serious minerality, rocks - some herbal, grassy hops - adds some bitterness to balance the fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall: Strange for an ESB, memorable

This was easily the fruitiest ESB I have ever encountered. The light fruits (particularly the apple) worked pretty well with the minerality and the malt profile. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of aanakinskywalker
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a cloudy, hazy, medium amber/copper color with a reddish hue. Reminds me of apple cider. Slightly tan colored head is about 1/2 inch when first poured that fades to practically nothing. Very little trace of foam and little lace. Aromas of slightly toasted caramel malt sweetness, some apple, and some hops. Tastewise it has a nice slightly toasty caramel biscuity malt sweetness that gives me to a bit of apple tart sweetness. Rounded out with a hint of citrus and some hop bitterness with a bit of pine. Nice balance of flavors. Has a crisp and sort of creamy, medium bodied, a bit chewy, sort of prickly mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beer should be. Pretty good and refreshing on this very hot and humid spring night there in Cleveland, OH.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a nice bitter maltiness. In the taste, pine to citrus hops, balance well with a clean malt. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine to citrus hop aftertaste. A nice big hops for a ESB, but nicely balanced as well.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at Buckeye Beer Engine

A- Poured a clear redish amber color with a one finger frothy head that left some nice lacing

S- Almost nothing, I stuck my nose in this beer several times and the most I could pick up on was a general malt aroma, very faint

T- Caramel, maltiness, some indistinct fruitiness, and quite a bit of bitterness

M- Pretty crisp and dry, leaves a bit of lingering bitterness

O- This beer was easy to drink but not a lot stands out here. Kind of bland, but nothing offputting about the beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper, big, bubbly, slightly creamy, off-white head. Carbonation pulls like mad from the glass. Slight chill haze that drops pretty quickly. Clear otherwise. Head remains thin, but present for duration.

Smell: Cereal grans? Caramel, grass, touch of citrus from the hops. Minerally. Sweet. Granny smith apple flesh. Big apple component. Evokes some kind of juiciness as well. Some caramel malts. Very mild, but solid for the style.

Taste: Taste runs closer to a crisp red apple than the nose. Licked a rock and then took a bite of apple. Caramel malts add a nice touch of sweetness. Grassy, grainy, and minerally. Hops drop hints of citrus rind on the back,. Fresh cut grass covered apple. Touch of cereal. Gritty and grainy. Some toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Lovely carbonation. Touch rough on the edges of the sip. Medium-light body. Mildly creamy.

Overall: A solid take, but nothing to write home about. The combination of apple plus rock was interesting and seemed to work well overall.

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Photo of AltBock
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a weird looking silk screened label of a crazy looking man in a suit and tie that almost looks like he was ripped out of "Family Guy." His eyes look like he's had way too much coffee, too many drugs, or both. Above the crazy looking guy in big bold white letters is "Yuppie ESB." On the corners of the bottle are where they put all the mandatory information. The back of the bottle has a description of the beer is a few short words, the ABV of 5.5%, 2 small head shots of the crazy man, and one more big ass close up of the crazy looking man. I tell you what, this man doesn't have a face for an extreme close up. The only thing missing is a silk screened brewed date.

Appearance: When poured into a Samuel Smith Imperial pint glass, this Yuppie was a good looking lightly hazy cherry amber with a tiny speck of orange at the bottom. Not only was the color easy on the eyes, but the head of foam as well. Sitting on top of the good looking brew was 3/4 to 1 inch head of white foam. It wasn't a pure white color. It wasn't beige or white, it was just an off white color. Whatever the color was, this head of foam had great retention by leaving behind a thick white film and quite a few blots of lace around the glass.

Smell: My nose was a good distance from the bottle and as soon as I popped off the cap, my nose got a quick whiff of dried grapefruit. It smelled like it was lying in wait for my nose. When it was poured, the dried grapefruit was still there and the main focus of the aroma. Behind the grapefruit was some dried green apples, a hint of toasted malts, and a gentle subtle whiff of floral hops. I rather liked liked this beer's simple grapefruit/toasted aroma.

Taste: While the aroma started off with dried grapefruit, the taste wanted to start off of the toasted malts. After the malts pass, the taste then goes dry with dried grapefruit, a few other dried citrus fruits that my taste buds couldn't identify, and then the taste finishes up with a bitter dry taste of floral hops. I liked how it wasn't overly bitter at all. Basically, it had the right amount of everything in taste for an ESB.

Mouthfeel: This was an easy drinking light bodied beer with a good level of carbonation and a lightly bitter aftertaste. There wasn't much going on in the aftertaste, but at least it was still good. The aftertaste was bitter with floral hops, bitter grapefruit, and a subtle touch of toasted malts.

Drnkability: It wasn't all that bitter, but it was a little special and easily drinkable. It was so drinkable that before I knew it, half of the bottle was gone. Not only is it drinkable, but affordable as well. You're not going to break the bank with this beer. If you're ever in the mood for a fresh lightly hopped session beer, then go to your local Cleveland beer store and pick up a bottle or two.

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Photo of adamette
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into clean clear glass earlier today at the brewery, the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio.

A Minimal creamy head over translucent caramel brown body. 3.5

S Almost no smell really. I smelled almost nothing after 3 attempts. 2.0

T Barley malt, little else, basic, uninspired micro brew taste. 3.0

M Medium feel due to the barley tastes, it is a bit smooth. 3.0

D Good drinkability but this beer is very forgettable. 4.0

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Buckeye Brewing Yuppie ESB from Buckeye Brewing Company
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