Noble ESB
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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #106
Ranked #29,075
3.79 | pDev: 9.76%
Noble Ale Works
California, United States
Noble ESBNoble ESB
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 21 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A shade darker than amber, robusto looking. Aroma was bread and bitters.

Taste was more breadiness, bitter, noble hops. Good American version. Hops were pretty much bitterness but the solid yeast profile really helped this one develop a good bitter and malt interplay.

Dec 25, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim, CA.

Billed at the tap room as The Good Ship ESB with the same ABV, so I will assume it's the same beer.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a malty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Feb 25, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a handsome gold-toned amber in the tall Stella glass. Just a scent of beery malt with some roasted notes. Plenty of head and well carbonated on the tongue.

Fairly light mouthfeel with a watery sort of body. This does have some of the mineral taste, though it seems more of an American-style bitter, rather than an English style. Tastes like the classic Red/Amber with forward hops, a touch of herbal dankness, and long bitter aftertaste. Also plenty of malt, but leafy, herbaceous. Not one I want to taste again. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Best Damn in San Diego.

07/02/2013 Update: The brewer was kind enough to reply that The Good Ship is now the formal name of what used to be called Noble ESB. There is a typo on the new-style label with 5.4%, the beer is 5.8%.

Jan 05, 2013
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Money Plays in Las Vegas, which automatically makes everyone think 'strip club' but that's another discussion for my place review of Money Plays (coming soon!).

Pours out a sturdy burnt copper brown, I'm not talking brown session ale, but like robust porter brown. Aroma of bitter hops, mild breadiness. The hops didn't have much flavor, they were primarily just lots of bittering hops.

Taste, packs a lot of hops for being an esb, obviously a west coast type of interpretation, and a good one at that. Big carbonation. Thought the caramel and toffee were pretty lage as well. It was an enjoyable beer, slightly adventurous, likely to upset traditionalists. . . works for me.

Nov 21, 2012
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Halcyondays from California

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a medium amber with a soft creamy off white head, leaving very nice lace. Almost a nitro look, very inviting.

S: Herbal hops, floral, with some biscuity malt.

T: Direct toasty, biscuity malt flavour. Very tasty. Noble says it's American in style, but it has a real nice balance to it. Earthy grassy hops, hint of pine.

M: Crisp and clean, medium-bodied, very easy drinking. Soft carbonation, bright.

O: This was a great new bitter and a joy to drink. I'd love to see what it could do on cask. I'll be looking for it in bottles.

Sep 08, 2012
Noble ESB from Noble Ale Works
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 21 ratings