Tower ESB | Bull & Bush Brewery

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Tower ESBTower ESB

Brewed by:
Bull & Bush Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-16-2005

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by spoony:
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

From a 500 ml bottle (bottled March 24, 2014) into a nonic.

A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of light tan head. Retention is pretty good and a sticky wave of lacing clings to the glass. The color is burnished, brassy brown. It is mostly clear and pretty dark.

S-The aroma is pretty intense for an ESB. I pick up quite a bit of zesty, almost orange-scented hops. The malts are medium-light roasted, nutty, and earthy. Sweetness is moderate to above-average. The whole thing is a little harsh, but interesting.

T-Like the smell, the taste is pretty intense. The zesty hops are still very apparent on the palate with a slight citrus twang. The malts are moderately sweet with a nutty, earthy, cocoa note. There is a bit of fruity alcohol as the beer nears room temp.

M-The heft is moderate to above average with a consistent carbonation that provides a nice lift on the palate.

O-This is a pretty aggressive ESB. The hop flavors are assertive and the malts pick up when the initial hop flavor dies down. The whole package is a little rough around the edges and not necessarily what I would reach for when I think "ESB." That being said, this beer has a great mouthfeel and packs a ton of flavor.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery in a pint glass.

The Tower is a medium amber color with a thin layer of white head on top. Slightly hazy appearance.

Aroma is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy with mild earthy undertones. A little orchard fruit as well.

Flavor is surprisingly bitter after the mild aroma. Sweet caramel base is nearly overwhelmed with hoppy bitterness. This is easily one of the most intense ESBs I've had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicotine carbonated.

Overall a really good version of the style. Almost could be considered imperial.

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Photo of Sara24
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this poured amber to red/copper with a 1/2" white head

S: Fruiity, bready & some piney hops

T: Big fruittyness, some biscuitty notes. Piney & citrus hops folow through. Finishes fruitty& citrussy

MF: Medium with very good carbonation. great balance!

Wow this went down too easy, & at $2.75 a pint, yum!!

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Photo of hiphopj5
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12oz pint glass:

Served up a clear ruby red with a white head that was not well retained.

Aroma was light and mainly malty, but pretty well balanced.

The taste was really good, not as balanced as expected, a little more hoppy than expected, but still really good.

The beer had a medium body to it, smooth, rich, creamy with good carbonation.

The beer is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of stampfler07
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of LotsofLupulin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Kirby
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mrseano
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Warm brown brew with a dirty finish. Pours a handsome dark amber in the tall glass with a modest foam. Pleasantly sudsy mouthfeel. I can't make out much of an aroma.

Warm and malty, lots of roasted grainy flavor. Dark scorched sugar notes. An acidic, astringent note takes the edge off the sugar. Leafy, dank hops in the background. Woody notes and there's that bitterish, dirt flavor.

I really didn't like this much the first glassful, but a second pour later seemed to be at least drinkable. Overall, though, it's kind of murky and watery. Weird sweet aftertaste. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap the other night at the brewery. Poured a medium amber color with a little off-white head. Aromas of caramel, bready malt and spicy hops. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of sweet malt, caramel and spicy hops.

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Photo of SamN
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, brown-amber color, Thick head, nearly 2-fingers of lacy, hoppy-looking foam heads, good lacing. Smell is a good blend of toasted graininess and pleasant hop fruitiness. Flavor, too, is all about balance. A nice hops kiss rounds off the slightly caramel maltiness, a nice lasting coating on the palette. Balanced, balanced, balanced.

Across the board, quite good. Easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pured an amber color with a medium head.
Smelled of malt, hops and some fruit--strawberry i think.
Typical ESB plus a bit more on the flavor side. Yeast or burnt toast hints...just enough to know this is an ESB. Good feel, enough hops and dryness to appreciate the beer.
Goes down groovy.

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Photo of Moose90
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. Bottle
DTL: 5/14/14
ABV: 16.5%

Guessing this bottle might have 2 yrs. on it.

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a cloudy brownish color, nice carbonation, with a pretty thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty, with some nice nuttyness. The taste is pretty good, malty, slight yeast note, nutty. Medium body, with a pretty nice bitter/dry finish. Overall, even if this brew has 2 years on it, it's still pretty tasty, but would like to get a fresher bottle some day. My first from this brewery, I believe I saw 3 other's by them, definitely will check them out.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Dimitri
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Tower ESB from Bull & Bush Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 47 ratings