E.S.B. | Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Mad Fox Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by CrellMoset on 09-07-2010

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of JLC60
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Laulau
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of REVZEB
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Navalartichoke
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Nicked
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wasn't prepared to enjoy this brew as much as I did!

A - Lovely copper, half an inch of creamy off-white head that peters out. Medium lacing.

S - Not much to comment on the smell , but wait for it...

T - Damn, son. Really tasty. On cask, this ale was mellow and delicious. Bready, toffee notes that lingers nicely on the palate. A refreshing brew that contrasts nicely with the palate crushers.

M - Buttery and thick. Complements the character nicely.

O - A great session ale. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewey. Half finger head with good retention and lacing on clear copper with gold hues body. Herbal and wet dock hop aroma with breads biscuit and cracker notes. Flavor is also breads and cracker with light toffee character and more herbal and earthy hops. Nice degree of maltiness. Medium body an moderate to high carbonation. Nicely bittered and malted ESB. Very refreshing aactually.

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Photo of mattie
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of imbibehour
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the cask into a nonic pint glass.

What can I say, pure perfection. Just the perfect clear amber body with golden hues on the edges. Head is creamy soft and one and a half thick with whipped up bubbles that will not quit. Stupidly creamy looking and lots of edged scattered lacing on the glass while drinking. The beer almost looks like it was poured on nitro. Truly exceptional.

Nose is fresh baked brown bread with warm soft malts, but there is a slightest tinge of alcohol which is kind of surprising.

Taste is creamy heaven. Malt creamed to death, with a silky texture and sugar soft brown bread. Sweetness comes after several sips, with spread light honey on bread.

In fact it is like drinking liquid bread overall. Flat out fantastic.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap today at the brewpub.

a - Pours a somewhat amber color with one inch of white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, and biscuit.

t - Tastes of bread, slightly bitter hops, and caramel malts.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very solid ESB. Definitely felt like I could drink a few of these, and would order it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper wihot much of any head or lacing. Nose bri.vs a y bit of caramel and hops, but is really faint. Taste bring s forward some good earthy, herbal bitterness and some caramel. Feel is medium with good carbonation. Drinks quite well, but the lack of nose is a bit disconcerting.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

E.S.B., 5.0% abv, on tap at Mad Fox brewpub, Falls Church, VA. Enjoyed on 09/05/10.

Appearance: A slightly hazy peach-hued body, with fine and slow but plentiful carbonation flowing gently skyward to the remains of a one finger taupe head, now a thin and consistent sheen. The lacing is really nice on this one, like freshly fallen snow when its unbeliebavly cold outside - bright, crisp looking, forming odd angles and patterns because its too cold for it to drip or fall in to a position where gravity could make sense of it.

Aroma: Caramel and biscuity notes mingle with fruity, grassy hops. Faint, perhaps because it was served too cold (which I'll hold against a brewpub more than a beer I review at a bar, say).

Taste: The hallmark of ESBs - balance - is in strong form here. Maltiness is strong, with hints of caramel and crystalline roast, along with sweeter biscuity notes. Faint brown sugar and toffee underlie the base. A mild bitterness, some grassy, leafy hop notes, and some hints of citrus provide that quintessential English balance.

Mouthfeel: A little uneven, with a moderate body - even for the style - and a lot of carbonation making for a fluffy and prickly mouth. Perhaps a little too much here.

Drinkability: Low in abv%, drinkable, and on the balanced side, I enjoyed this beer. Though it's not the best of the lineup I had that evening, it was well-made, stylistically accurate, and didn't have any glaring defects of which to speak.

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E.S.B. from Mad Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 18 ratings