Helltown Extra Sinful Bitter (ESB) | Helltown Brewing

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Brewed by:
Helltown Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
helltownbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,979
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
31
pDev:
11.48%
 
 
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3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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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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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at House of 1000 Beers
A - Pours a nice amber color, 1.5 on the head with thick puffy lacing.
S - Fresh hops, medium malt, pine, floral qualities, maybe some lemon peel.
T - Clean, crisp tasting ESB, good hop balance against the malt.
M - Well carbonated, lighter in feel, but thirst quenching.
O - When I got this, I just wanted a light ABV to be refreshed with, and this is defnitely a great beer for that. Fresh, balanced crisp flavored beer, thats not wild with its flavors, but just a sold ESB. Helltown makes good beer, and this doesnt fall off their great lineup.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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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