LunaSea ESB | Empyrean Brewing Company

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LunaSea ESBLunaSea ESB
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Empyrean Brewing Company
Nebraska, United States
empyreanbrewingco.com

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Extra Special Bitter is our homage to the best of English beers. Brewed with imported English malts for a bold, caramel-sweet, yet crisp ale. Brewed with English and American grown barley and American hops.

31 IBU

Added by PhantomVodoo on 10-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,044
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
127
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of DSlep16
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has become an old reliable favorite. Upon first try I was not so sure about this one but by the time my glass was empty I couldn't wait to have it filled up again.

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Photo of TylerJ
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

folks are crazy to not rate this better, its a really pretty textbook style of the beer, and just americanized a little bit with some more body and malt depth than the classics, and a bit more of a hop finish, but still quite traditional and really well done. i just dont remember these guys being this good... deep amber in color to even brick red with a nice head on it. toasty warming european malts here, less sweet than a lot of them but also a little darker and richer, and significantly more complex, with an almost bock build it seems, as german as it is english in that way, the grain is almost confusing in the style, but its bready and baked and hearty and healthful and just really nice. slight hop bitterness adds a layer rather than balances too, and the old school ale yeast is just right. why ever drink an american amber ale and be bored with it again? a beer like this provides all the same elements but in a way more interesting package that really tickles my fancy for a sessionable beer with some character and old world charm. a little almond note, some toasted bread, and a light honey sweetness, its a great example of the style and a beer i could drink a whole lot of. somewhat autumnal, but a versatile year round offering. this style in general gets no love, and this is a way better beer overall than its ratings here indicate...

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Photo of Aoyoc
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MHJeff06
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mahoghany brown in color with a light haziness present. There's a fingernail of tan resting on top. The aroma is a dark bready note with almost a light metallic edge. I taste that dark bready note with a sharp, but malty bitter note. The mouth is very dry, crisp, and clean.

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Photo of Jodio
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wer34truh
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A-BIack_Man
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WDJersey
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Parmesan
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Amber honey color, with a medium white head, and some lacing on the glass.

S: Overpowering smell of caramel, strong enough that it is a little off putting. Some cracker and a slight bit of hop.

T: Strong caramel, not a strong as aroma but still dominant, some sweet malt, a little hop bitterness.

F: Medium body,good carbonation

O: Lots of caramel that overpowers most everything else.

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Photo of danoble1
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SF_Posse
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice malty esb version from empyrean. I would definately het this again.

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Photo of Chuckletheturtle
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aratcliffe
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squirrel84
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer187
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MtOrion
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of pjbfromkc
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jzlyo
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of fossage78
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Azeotrope
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

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LunaSea ESB from Empyrean Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 127 ratings