Cheshire Valley ESB | Cheshire Valley Brewing Company

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Cheshire Valley Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This product is 4.8% ABV with medium-high bitterness supported by toasted malt flavours. The hop flavour is moderate but balanced by a caramel malt sweetness. This beer is excellent by itself, however it also goes well with cheese, BBQ and curry.

Added by Viggo on 08-31-2009

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by liamt07:
Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What's Fall Festival. Into a pint glass.

Poured a translucent gold with a thin white head and sublime lacing. Curtains of lace and excellent retention, as fresh as can be. Light citrus and pine in the nose, dominated by hops, touch of breadiness here too. Taste is real smooth, more light breadiness leading into a whole lot of hops, more orangem pine and citrus here. Moderate bitterness and a crisp finish of moderate length. Excellent drinker with some medium-high carbonation. Feels alot like an American IPA. Nice surprise from this up and coming brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Volo English cask fest 2009. Another fine offering by Cheshire Valley. Golden yellow colour and lots of lace. An IPA-style bitterness, with some nuttiness. Long bitter finish. Nice interpretation and works on cask.Decent fruit aroma for a cask as well.

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Photo of dipso123
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint at Volo. Arrives a clean light golden color, a couple fingers of soapy head which leaves rings down the glass - quite light.

A really nice balanced brew which you could quaff all night. Grassy Brit hops with a hint of American pineyness, a pleasing bitterness with a moderate finish, clean bready malt almost akin to a lager, hint of floral, touch of honey sweetness. Crisp carbonation, nice body for such a low ABV brew. A real winner, gladly order it again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beerbistro for the Golden Taps.

Pours a very lightly hazed amber, some orange highlights, medium sized white head forms, slowly settles to a thin ring, couple lace spots on the glass. Smell is nice, very malty, some caramel and biscuit, bread, lightly floral, a bit earthy and fruity, nicely balanced. Taste is similar, very malty, caramel, bready, light toast, earthy, lightly fruity and floral, balanced bitterness, bit of minty hop finish on it. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, tasty and goes down easy. Another very nice beer from Cheshire Valley.

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Photo of spointon
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at Cafe Volo in Toronto, poured in a nonic pint glass.

A= This ale poured a pale gold and sporting a 3/4" foamy white head. The head receded to a skim and left big sticky rings down my glass.

S= Smelled like an American IPA actually. The pine notes and light floral scent made me think West Coast hops. Only the lightest of biscuity malt in the nose.

T= Thin malt base under a bitter piney blanket of hops. Not scrape-your-teeth bitter, but firmly bitter all the same. Some light astringency thoughout. Finished bone dry and hoppy.

MF= Thin bodied with a biting carbonation level that was a bit too high, especially when paired with the thin body.

D= Its sessionable, but the thin body and the flavor would make me look elsewhere before sessioning this one.

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Photo of kwjd
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangish-yellow colour with thin white head and small lacing. Smells of earthy hops with some biscuit and caramel malt. A little bit less bitterness than I expected, but there is some there with a pleasant sweetness. Carbonation level was a bit too high I think. A good overall ESB.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Session beer festival. Always a pleasure to have a beer made by Paul.

Rich orange pour with an off-white head that left some good streaks of lace and showed good retention. Slight floral aroma with caramel and biscuit, which displays a nice balance.Likewise in the flavour, which has fruity, earthy, caramel notes, that act as a nice counter-balance to light citrus and floral hops. Not mind-blowing, but very well-done and this would make an excellent cask. Medium body and carb is okay.

Put this in a cask and you have a winner. Nice job!

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Cheshire Valley ESB from Cheshire Valley Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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