Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB) | Propeller Brewery

Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
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Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)Propeller Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

Brewed by:
Propeller Brewery
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bitter was originally a draught ale served very fresh under no pressure (gravity or hand pump dispensing only) at cellar temperatures. Lucky for you today its available everywhere!

Our ESB is a rich, full-bodied English-style bitter, brewed with carefully selected malts and hops. This copper coloured, English styled ale is our best seller. Smooth, Full bodied and All Natural, like all our beers.

Our most popular brew is not really a bitter beer, it's a better Bitter!

30 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2002

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of ewpass
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper colour with a modest head. Light malt nose. Noticeably bitter to the taste, along with malt. Somewhat thin but eminently quaffable.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy copper color with low activity. Soft creamy light brown 2 finger head that last 5 minutes. Flavors of toffee, dark grains, molasses, raisins, plums, berries, herbal spices. Some bready sweetness, but densely bitter and hoppy. Slick medium body with light prickly, soft crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength, straw and roasted malts, leafy hops, and burnt ester sugars. Lacks balance and proper intensity. Not sharp enough, nor delicate. Quite bold and over intensified. Doesn't feel very fresh, with a thick wet straw feel. Decent taste and a nice maillard smell. Overall okay quality craft.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 650ml bottle which was a gift from friends who visited Nova Scotia. It pours a copper colour with a loose cream coloured head. Aroma has lots if bread with sweet grains, biscuit & toffee. Tastes of toffee, hay & straw with sweet grains, mild roast and a touch of biscuit leading to a very well balanced malt medium bitter finish.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Brown and clear with tan head
S: Nutty malt, just a bit of hops
T: Roasted malt flavours -- mostly coffee -- and grassy hops to finish.
F: Silky. Maybe a bit crisper than the style would suggest.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep Amber body with a finger of soapy white head that dissipates to a milky film. The scent has faint amounts of cocoa and coffee with a malty sweetness. Hops are subdued. The taste starts with a coffee bitterness, with toffee and caramel in the middle finishing with floral hoppiness. Wicked beer, I really like the stuff

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Photo of Jesterr44
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good ESB. Subtle but a lot going on with it. Another purchase at the Ingonish Nova Scotia NSLC store. Pours a light hazy amber with a lot of reddish light coming through. Medium size off-white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and aromatic floral hops. Taste is mildly malty with some fruit and a bit of toffee thrown in. A bit of bitterness at the end rounds things off with floral hops. Mouthfeel is light and slightly sweet, Mild bitterness provides some balance. This beer is true to style and makes for a pleasant drink.

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Photo of kuhndog
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Powers30
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Annapolis Royal, NS.
Deep copper body topped with a creamy, semi-durable bone colored head.
The aroma and flavor are both lightly spicy and slightly more hoppy than malty. Very mild bitterness.

Overall: very nice although not as bold a I'd like.

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Photo of Mousel
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GSS
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Poured a clear copper color. Aroma does not really remind me of most ESBs. It just smells less British than you'd expect. Not much Brit hoppiness; maybe that's why. It's mostly caramel malt. The flavor is also a ghost of the style. It sorta tastes like it but not exactly right. It tastes like caramel with hints of red apple. Light bodied. Not an impressive take on this style.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrempel
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hfx902
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good with fish and chips!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle

A- Pours a nice copper colour topped by a 2 1/2 finger white head that lasts throughout the brew.

S- Malty with hints of caramel. Mild hop notes.

T- Initially quite bitter but softens out with sweet malt notes. Slight metallic notes but not off putting. Taste improves as it warms.

M- Low carbonation but quite light!

O- Not as silky as other bitters I've had but I quite like this interpretation of the style.

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Photo of SchoonerNS
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of thedannypink
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Purchased in 650ml bottle at local liquor store.
Produces a healthy, long-lasting head when poured. Head very creamy on top with a tan-light brown color. Scents of caramel, and very slightly hoppy. Beer is reddish-brown, more red than brown when held to a light.
Taste: At first bitter, then sweetens. Hints of fruit, and caramel as noted in the smell. Very lightly coats the mouth and leaves a medium bitter taste lingering on the tongue. Flavorful but light-bodied. Refreshing. Carbonation is about average. Very very slightly metallic (but not unpleasant) aftertaste when chilled, but this becomes less apparent as the beer warms. Flavor sweetens after being out of the fridge for 10-15 minutes. Would recommend leaving out before opening as the flavors grow more mellow as it warms.
Pleasant flavors for a 5% ale. Very nice.

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Photo of mylespetro
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Got on a trade with Curtis. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a ton of head that lasts forever. DARK brown.

S- 3.75- Caramel and malt.

T- 4.0- Very good. Bit bitter aftertaste. Nice. Caramel and malty

M- 4.0- Very light for a bitter. Nice and refreshing

O- 4.10- This is what I would give this beer. Nice bitter. Good break beer

Food Pairing

This wonderful little bitter went well with...... BBQ steak with blue cheese.


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Photo of Electros
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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