Helltown Extra Sinful Bitter (ESB) | Helltown Brewing

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Helltown Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by thecheapies on 05-20-2012

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 9
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3/5  rDev -18%

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Mad Mex, glowing deep amber body with a fine caramel tan head forming nicely. Minimal scattered lacing left on the pint glass. Aroma has a big biscuit/malt combo going on with earthy leafy hops, more of a delicate English malt profile even though it's Extra Sinful. Flavors provide big malt layers, more caramel and bread dough dance across the palate, earthy tobacco hints of tea leaves as well come to mind when describing the hop flavors provided here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even slow bubbling carbonation, seems almost naturally fermented, very smooth going down. Overall I'm happy with this well made ESB, definitely my favorite brewery on the scene in the Burgh these days that I can't get anywhere else.

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Photo of Stigs
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dvesilly
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Saxboy10
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Griggsy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Caramel honey brown with a explosive two inches of head. It took forever to settle and made some nice sticky lacing.

S - Smells like a hopped up ESB with herbal teas and maybe even some roasted nuts.

T - A bit hop forward but not as much as Anderson Valleys ESB. The tea flavor and herbal hops mixed well in this giving it a bit of a chestnut taste. It has a well rounded sweetness too with some dried apricot.

M - Light to medium, dry yet goes down smooth.

Overall one of the better ESB's I have tasted. It seems like everything I had from these guys has been amazing.

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Photo of curlybird
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint: Deep rust with half-a-finger of white head. Pale gold highlights.

Smells of bready malts, nutmeg, a little dry. Is there some prune in there?

Taste has kind of an odd combination of passion fruit, apricot, nutmeg & cinnamon, a little vanilla, dry fruit skins. Not bad but, like I said, just kind of odd & a little muddy.

Nice smooth feel, rolls down the throat, winds up slightly dry.

Not sure how to feel about this one overall. The taste has something kind of strange going on that I can't put my finger on. Would definitely try it again to see if they work out the kinks.

Sidenote: I got the privilege of naming this beer so it's got kind of a special place in my heart, can't wait to try future batches.

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Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Helltown Extra Sinful Bitter (ESB)

LOOK: Deep amber colored brew with a fine clarity. Slightly off white head and leaves a good amount of lace.

SMELL: Caramel, pine, herbal, grassy hop notes and a bit more malt as it warms. Inviting and pleasing aroma that would indicate a well made brew.

TASTE: More toffee and caramel with a light fruity note. There is a complimentary hop presence of tea like, herbal hops. Well balanced with an even keel of caramelized malt and mellow hop bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied with a solid level of carbonation. Refreshing and easy to quaff.

OVERALL: This is one HELL of a session beer. If they served this in Hell, it wouldn't be as unbearable. Helltown is doing good work.

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Photo of PorterThwarter
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the blue dog. Nice rich amber with a tall dense head. Left some light lacing as the beer was consumed.
The aroma had some pleasent earthy and floral hops with a sweet bready malts.
Taste is pretty hoppy. flavors of herbs and floral maybe a touch of mint. Toffee malts are bold and sweet and balance well.
Drinks smooth on the palate with great drinkablity. I like it.

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Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft offering served in a pint. The brew appears a hazed burnt cooper to orange color with a frothy full wall of white lacing on the glass. The cap holds across the top with a thin film.

The aroma is grassy with fruity to floral hops accents and a clean malt bill that provides a nice base. Sadly the aroma is the best aspect of this brew.

The taste is mildly fruity with a grass and herbal bitterness. Almost too much focus on alcohol and not enough on anything else. Strange to see this in an ESB.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Thin, lifeless and quite forgettable. A pint I regretted drinking moreso than their IPA.

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Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Hellbrewer2
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of rodlavers
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-07-5 at the brewery

A - Fairly clear, medium brown with some reddish tint. 1-finger tan head and mild lacing.

S - Rich, sweet, lightly roasted malt and hop floral.

T - The malt flavor echoes the smell and is forward of the bitterness. No one malt flavor sticks out but I get a bit of cherry and chocolate to add to the roasted grain. This is not a sweet beer by any means. The bitterness comes in slowly at first, then builds in the finish but just to a moderate level, imparting a pleasant/slight vegetal flavor in addition to the bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Dries nicely with just hint of prickliness.

O - A very well-fermented and tasty ESB; probably leaning a bit more to the bitterness side than ESBs from across the pond.

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Photo of JayKay412
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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Helltown Extra Sinful Bitter (ESB) from Helltown Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 31 ratings