Amherst ESB | Amherst Brewing

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Amherst Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.35%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 01-07-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this as my first beer on a visit to the pub for my fantasy sports league banquet. I asked for the 8 oz glass. The beer arrives exuding a hazy chestnut color with no head and is fairly cold.
Aroma is caramel and grainy malt with som eherbal and piney hops.
First sip reveals an average body with fine spacious carbonation.

Flavor is malty up front with caramel and toffee and moves to mild chalky baker's chocolate and finishes with the piney hops from the nose. The hops linger and dry out my palate.
An easy drinker that is well crafted and blended.
Quite a nice beer for sure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Good ESB, dry-hopped with Goulding. There is grapefruit taste here too. A minimal aroma and a small head. Noticeable hoppy, and certainly in the European style, more balanced than their other hoppy beers. A smooth drinker and if I had this and the coffere porter, I would think they are a good brewery. I suggest they cut down their offerings.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was a hazy amber-brown color with a creamy looking head. Quick dissipation. Sly lace. The aroma had some spicy to earthy hops. A light tickle of tea and berry tones underneath and then some light biscuits. The flavor comprises of the same aromas, running spicy with a malty smooth semi-sweetness. Soft malty aftertaste with the spice barely there. Nice quick malty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Slight touch of carbonation. ABV felt appropriate by what the brewer suggests. Overall, nicely done ESB that I could have again.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample this drink at the ABC. Its appearance had a very dark amber color to it. Upon smelling the aroma, I found that the drink had a good hoppy spirit hanging over it. When sipped, a wicked, wicked bitter taste exploded on my tongue. They do not call it a strong bitter for nothing! With its high carbonation, the ESB was deliciously crisp and bitter.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on cask at the brewpub. Excellent attention by the bartender, topping and settling the glass twice at least. Well worth the wait.

Thick, dense 1" light brown head on top of this dark amber brew. Slight hop nose, which leads into a well-balanced smooth brew. Aftertaste comes out of nowhere with HOPS, like biting into a hop pellet. Cool. Goes does smooth. I could drink cask all day.

<edit> Original review 4/04. Revisited 1/05, still a beautiful thing.

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Photo of Ropowers3
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ambrish brown in color, low carbonation pour (like all abc beers.. is there a problem with their hose system?) results in a slight clumpy head. lacing sticky all over the glass. mild hop scent. taste is a flavor explosion of hops, dark malts, and a nice controlled bitterness. not too complex at all, and doesn't draw on fruit or spice to build character. good and drinkable, i like my ESBs on the lighter and hoppier side. like most beers here, nothing exciting but a good exercise in the style.

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Photo of changeup45
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second of the beers I've had at the Amherst Brewery and this was just as good as the Cascade was. Deep amber color topped with a thick head which left lots of lace. Aroma was slightly hoppy and bitter. Flavor was nice with lots of hops with some fruits, caramel malt and crisp bitterness. Finish is hoppy and bitter. I would recommend trying out this and some of the other beers the Amherst Brewery has to offer.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My son, Ben took me and his two younger brothers (they had the root beer) to this nice college town Brew Pub on his 21st Birthday (I paid). Nice ESB! Rusty Amber with a foamy off white head and nice trails of lace. Pleasant hop and sweet malty aroma. Medium malty body and plenty of metallic and citrusy hops. Well rounded and balanced. Again, it’s hard to judge "In the Moment" when my wonderful sons are present. But, I think it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on cask at the brewpub 7-16-04.

This ESB poured a cloudy, red color with creamy, light tan foam that persisted and coated the glass. The smell was mildly malty with some floral hops notes. The taste was very malty with a bit of malt sweetness and with lots of hops dryness and some resinous hop flavors. This was a rather highly hopped ESB. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium body and low carbonation. Overall it was rather astringent despite the large amount of malt. This was a good beer, though quite hoppy.

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Photo of nomad
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber with some brighter hue, this pint came to me slightly hazy from the cask but with a soft foamy head that left thick suds of stain down the glass. A fair sight.

Vaguely floral but undergirded by some grapefruity qualities that were less than of an American hop and more like a strong and fresh English hop. Calm malt core is simple and straightforward, barely showing roast and caramel properties. A little faint overall but nice enough.

Taste is a smooth profile of calm caramel and roast malts with an easily approachable minty and slightly earthy hop bite. Showed a nod to the rosy notes of many English bitters as well as occasional pops of peppery spice. Smooth progression from start to finish bringing plenty of flavor with minimal damage on the palette and liver. The finish is citrus and Goldings playing backing forth balanced by a semi-woody malt flavor.

Mouthfeel was moderate and smooth thanks to the cask being tapped that day, more steadily and correctly carbonated than the tap beers. A fine session beer and went very well with a burger, as it should, right? One of the better beers I’ve ever had at ABC and doubly pleasing because cask-conditioned ESB is my favorite beer in the world to drink. Ah, contentment...

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Amherst ESB from Amherst Brewing
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 11 ratings