Exile ESB | Evolution Craft Brewing Company

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Exile ESBExile ESB

Brewed by:
Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
48 IBU

Added by lackenhauser on 05-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Soonami:
Photo of Soonami
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Evolution Craft Brewing Exile ESB is a beer from a brewery that I have not heard of before, but it was available and pretty cheap (<$2/12oz)from Total Wine and More in Claymont, so I gave it a shot.

Exile ESB, bright orange amber, seems to be paler in color than the Fuller's version and without the exploding fruitiness that is characteristic of that London beer. The pour garnered a little bit of head that quickly fell off. The beer has a rounded earthy malt aroma that is spiked with a little red apple. The beer is bready sweet with ripe fruit that gives way to a balanced, minty, hop bitterness in the finish. The beer has a chewy mouthfeel with some contributions from tannins from the grain husk and hops.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Crackling sea foam head leave some patches of lace on the glass, good clarity. Little edge of caramel and breadiness in the nose, fruity as well. Crispness comes along quite well, medium body. Solid malt backbone drops a little sweetness on the palate before going dry and biscuity in the finish. Hops do a good job at balancing the malt out, quick kiss of alcohol in the middle with a vague fruity linger.

A very easy drinking balanced toasty ESB, Evolution hit the target here.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Nice bready malts with just enough hop balance. A nice, lighter version of the style that is good for warm weather. I have had better in the style, but this is certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden yellow, with two fingers of white foam that topped the beer, but quickly dissipated into a quarter of a finger of head that completely covered the beer. Very surprising appearance as most ESBs that I’ve had haven’t been hazy at all, much less this hazy. There must be a higher amount of yeast in this ESB, than are usually found in other makes.

Aroma: Actually not much of a nose on this beer at all. I do get a little bit of citrus and hay, and maybe a slight hint of bubblegum.

Taste: Very interesting. Very good, though hard to describe. There is some yeast, which gives some clove and banana, but thank god, no bubblegum. There’s also a slight, very slight, hint of citrus. Unlike other ESBs that I’m used to, there’s not much malt coming through.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, like an ESB should be with some nice carbonation.

Overall: This ESB is surprising in how much like an ESB it’s not. That being said, it’s a tasty beer. Very sessionable, and pleasant, but nothing special either.

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Photo of En29356
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Evolution pint glass

A: Pours an medium orange/amber with a small head with many small bubbles forming at the bottom. Some bubbles are releasing to the top of the beer.

S: It has a caramel/bready smell with hints of apple and grape at the end. The fruits come through more as it sits and warms up/

T: This beer is sweet upfront and then the maltiness kicks in on the backend. It has a nice toasted malt flavor and hints of the fruit on the nose, but to a lesser extent. A almost fig like taste on the finish.

M/D: It has a slightly dry taste and a little bitter, but enjoyable. Easy drinking, and is better off tap than in bottle.

A pretty solid offering from Evolution resulting in a toasty bitter beer.

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Photo of Skabiski
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mempath
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice 'southern ice tea' amber clarity with nice foamy head that settles fast. good lacing thinly slathered around this DFH pint

nose has a toasty malt note that's mellow yet assertive enough. seems very fresh.

ok, the taste. starting to really like the ESB now that i've tried an array. here, very nice indeed. actually 'bitter' with it's hopped up profile. nothing massive, but not as sweet as say the Fuller. the toastiness comes through, tho, if anything, the malts might be a bit eclipsed by the toasty/hoppy notes. not a problem, just interesting and unique. as it warms, the bitter element fades and the sweetness asserts a bit. still, right on.

mouthfeel matches taste perfectly with the slight carbo and creaminess making this a(nother) quite drinkable brew from the First State! easy to session in a nice pub in New Castle (i wonder if any carry this on draft?) i imagine...:)

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exile ESB pours a very hazy, deep amber body beneath a two fingered head of light khaki froth. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves walls of broken, craggy lacing about the glass.

The aroma is surprisingly fruity over resinous, grassy, floral, and leafy hops. There's a yeasty component to it, and some malt is able to sneak through as well.

In the mouth it's a bit bristly on the tongue given the style. Fortunately, the medium body leans towards medium-full and balances it.

Although the yeastiness, fruit, and hops dominate the flavor profile, the caramelish and bready malt base is firm enough to pull it all together. A bit of a mineral edge lends it some English authenticity. Still, it's not very rounded at all, and it's certainly not polished. (Perhaps there was a fermentation temperature issue with this batch? I'll have to look into getting another sample). The solid bitterness balances it nicely and the finish is drying, yet a bit bombastic with yeast, fruit, and grassy hop notes lingering a bit too long. It seems incompletely attenuated. Finally, a touch of astringency leaves my tongue trying to wipe my teeth clean, greatly reducing its drinkability.

Overall, it's a fairly decent beer in terms of its sum parts, but production problems leave it sloppy and unfocused with a limited drinkability.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with a nice happy head that leaves some fairly impressive lacing.

The smell is full of sweet bread, some fresh grain, and dry hops.

Again, sweet bread, some schotch-like malts, and fresh grains dominate. The finish is nice and dry to counter the front very well.

The feel is a bit light, unfortunately. It's good and goes with the style, but it could improve.

Overall, I enjoy this beer. I could see a sixer make its way into my fridge if I could find one and I'm not the type that has the patience for a sixer of the same thing.

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Photo of earlholman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tabascosigned
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kennethkearns
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark but clear amber. Great tan head an excellent retention.

Sweet caramel and bready aroma. Light floral notes.

Very malty and sweet. Toffee, Hawaiian bread. Herbal.

Very smooth mouthfeel. Soft body with moderate carbonation.

A very good esb. It lacks in hops, but decent flavor.

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Photo of DCgolfpro
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of sisterofba
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light body for an ESB. Have definitely had better.

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Photo of bum732
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

S: Rich caramel richness, some toffee, touch of herbal.

L: Cloudy reddish brown, off-white head that dissipates to a dusting.

T: Malty but herbal tea like malt with a medium low bitterness. Finishes quite dry with some grain and additional maltiness.

M: Thin mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Not that great, incredibly thin mouthfeel, nice aroma, but fails in the taste. Quite disappointed.

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Photo of Swift989
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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