LunaSea ESB | Empyrean Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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
Ratings:
124
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 124 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of Miami66
1/5  rDev -72.9%

Photo of XxNitExX
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured into a Brau Brothers Pint Glass- Pours nice honey color with a thin white head. Lacing is beautiful sticks around for awhile.

S- Smells of sweet bread and I mean sweet. Toasted busicuit also in there, very little hop aroma to me

T- I am very sensitive to bready tasting beers and that is what I get here. Like wet buscuits or crackers. Better the warmer it gets but just not my favorite. Lightly hopped. (I do not eat bread so bread tasting things are hard for me to like)

M- Nice creamy mouthfeel, not like a stout but not watery as it kind of looks.

Can see how many others would like this beer, but just doesn't fit with what I enjoy.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I received this bottle in a trade with Redhaze. Thanks for the opportunity to try this beer. Pours a hazy reddish-golden with a decent head that leaves some lacing and settles to a ring. Smells strangely fruity for the style and a bit like acetate. Taste is better, but there is still a strange fruitiness underlying everything. Some biscuity malt above that and well as a mild bitterness. Smooth, but tangy in the wrong way. I didn't enjoy this.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of thaichile
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, darker amber with hardly any head and not much carbonation. Nose is bearly discernable. Flavors are roasted coffee and that dwindles to almost nothing except for some slight bitterness. A thin. watery brew without much support from hops, malts or much else. Not a bad beer, just sort of a nothing. Bottle courtesy of jhammerly.

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Photo of mothman
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white head. Leaves some nice lace rings. Color is a clear golden bronze.

Aroma: Caramel and bready malts. Grassy hops. More malty than hoppy.

Taste: Grassy, earthy hops. Some citrus. Lots of bready/pale malts.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, an average bitter, but a little too malty for me. Not enough flavor for the amount of bitterness that this beer brings.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of MHJeff06
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sneezye
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of mthalman
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint on tap with supper tonight.

Glass was a standard ale pint. Came with little head, but I didn't see the draft. The head quickly disappeared, and left little lacing. Body was a strong wheat, cloudy.

Smell was decent, malty and not too strong.

Taste was malt with some sweetness.

Mouthfeel was smooth, thick with little bitters.

Overall, I was not impressed. While it was a good beer, it was not a bitters. I will second the ESBrown motion.

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Photo of scarfield
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App- amber/copper in color as it pours it leaves a half inch head. nice lacing throughout the glass.

Smell- A bit musty, some citrusy and hops comes through as well.

Taste- Very bready taste here for me. Malty and the hops are subdued. Some sourness also coming through with a bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- the beer has a nice balance to it. Not too carbonated, thick, runny or chewy, but if you concentrate you can get any of these.

Drink- it is fine for a couple, but there really is not anything that stands out to me about this beer. I think that Empyrean has better offerings.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass at 50 degrees. Picked up in a trade from swid...thanks!!

A - Pours a clear amber color with yellow highlights and a small, but long-lasting head.

S - Grassy/floral hops tickle the nose, but not very strong.

T - Floral, citrus, and mild hoppy flavors poke through, but never really amount to anything. No real discernable taste or bitterness.

M - Bubbly, medium body.

D - A drinkable brew, but not a strong enough example to make a session beer.

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Photo of SF_Posse
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
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 jewellrunner
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of tpd975
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice light amber hue with an nice solid off white head. Okay retention with light lace noted.

S: Somewhat light nose. Hints of grain, caramel, and a touch of apple.

T: Fairly malty, with notes of caramel, and yeast. Slight bitter hops on the somewhat dry finish.

M: Medium to light in body, okay carbonation with dry finish.

D: If I lived in Nebraska I would drink it.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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LunaSea ESB from Empyrean Brewing Company
3.69 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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