Beak's Best | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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87
very good
35 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States
newalbanian.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Viking on 01-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
35
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
17.65%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.86/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on tap. Tasted like a poor version of an English bitter with none of the flavorful malts. Overall it was disappointing.

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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've drank like 4-5 of New Albanian's beers so it's kinda inexplicable that I've never reviewed any of them. Reviewing is what I do, see. Only I guess I only ever get the beers on tap, after I've already been drinking. And--no offense--but the beers are never that striking: they're solid, not particularly good or bad, and so it's hard to review them the morning afterwards, without proper notes.

So i decided to make this my first beer of the night, while my brain was still unclouded, and to take proper notes, even if I had to do so discreetly, so as to not look like a Melvin in front of my friends.

Malt profile is standard, if a little crisper than usual for an ESB: nuts, biscuits, toast. This is backed up very nicely, especially in the aroma, by a surprisingly strong kick of piney, peaty hops. The flavor is exactly what I want out of an ESB: it's crisp and tame all the way through until the very back end when the hops jump out and surprise you.

This was the only beer I had all night. Kept ordering it and ordering it. Not because it was superamazing, but because it is wonederfully brewed session. This is a hard style to keep both mild and interesting, but they nailed it.

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Beak's Best from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
4.08 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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