Roland’s ESB | Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 08-28-2005

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of BigAlofOrion
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of beer2day
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber, letting more light through than the scottish. 1/2 finger of head with very faint retention but moderate lacing.

Nice roasty nose with a good hop-to-malt balance.

Sorgham sweet flavor, a little too much for my taste. Roast comes through, as well as a slightly burnt sensation that adds to the flavor.

Nice mouthfeel for the style.

I'd drink it again. Good representation of the style for the most part.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a Very nice dark reddish amber hue, almost like a cherry wood color. Nice about one inch head graced the top, but then slowly settled down to reveal nothing more then a thin layer of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. Nice carbonation stream coming up from the bottom of the glass. Decent overall look.

S - Nicely hopped, but totally dominated by the malted grains. Had a nice roasted aroma buried within, and a touch of some earthy grassy type of smell. Quite nice, albeit a little light to pick up. Did not come accross as overly bitter on the nose.

T - Well balanced. A good earthen malt attacked was pushed back with a light piney hoppiness that left a nice long lingering bitter finish. I was suprised by the level of hops in here actually. Quite nice flavor, and fantastic balance. Seemed to be very light, but there was alot more going on then you would think after having some.

M - Very crisp, yet smooth on the finish. Nice carbonation kept it from feeling dull. It had a great finish, no oily left over and no thin watered down feel. Just thick enough to know you were drinking quality, without being too thin that you could think it was essesntially water, pretty good stuff honestly.

D - Great. I could have had 2-3 more of these with ease. No real high ABV so it is basically a good session beer. But it was not too light, so a 12 pack might be pushing it. Gave you a nice full feeling after you had finished one though.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep chestnut brown with a thick, but short lived tan head that leaves some decent lace as it quickly shrinks.

Aroma is somewhat difficult to find, buttery caramel, lightly scorched brown sugar, and some earthy and piney hops.

Flavor is similar, but even less remarkable. Offputting caramel and butter notes followed by strongly bitter, nondescript hops. Hop flavors not nuanced enough. Unbalanced.

Body is mediumish, slick, and sparsley carbonated. Meh.

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Photo of Enola
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was fairly bitter. It was a darker brown with a fair head. The smell was hoppy with spicey notes. The taste was bitter with a lingering aftertaste of hops. The moputhfeel was smooth with just the right aftertaste. A very drinkable beer that I would have again.

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Photo of finepaws
3.09/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker copper color, with not much carbo. Head actually dissapated to nothing towards the end. I didn't get much smell off this. Maybe some hops, but mostly just malt. I expected there to be more hop presence. Though this was on okay beer to drink, it wasn't very complex. It started off looking great, then left me wanting more. It was almost watery tasting. Considering how tasty his Houdini beer and IPA are, I had hoped for more on this one. I don't feel, other than appearance that it is true to style.

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Roland’s ESB from Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 9 ratings