1327 Pod's ESB | Blue Blood Brewery

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1327 Pod's ESB1327 Pod's ESB

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Blue Blood Brewery
Nebraska, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A well-balanced beer between sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hops with 5.6% alcohol by volume and 37 IBU. The beer is named after a co-founder of the brewery whose love for the Extra Special Bitter style of beer is why this beer is one of our first releases. The beer is meant to be a little bitter, but not over the top and very drinkable. The hop aroma and flavor do not dominate the beer, but support the malt to create a well balanced beer.

Added by midworken on 01-17-2012

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
1/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the worst esb's I have ever tasted

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Photo of shea117474
1.39/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Sadly, this is Blue Bloods most decent beer in their "regular" lineup.

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Photo of Miami66
1.5/5  rDev -51.6%

Photo of SD-Alefan
1.52/5  rDev -51%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Poured a slightly hazy yellow with tons of carbonation. A huge and growing, thick and creamy white head that persists.
Aroma is what I feared. I believe we have an infection as their is a sour acidic tartness in the aroma that does not belong in an ESB.
The taste follows the nose. An unpleasant sour followed by a lasting bitter. And that's about it.
Nasty. One of the few beers I've ever drain poured.

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Photo of teleforce
2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of BearMittens
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of BigRedN
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of beerbrains
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of claspada
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale amber color with a small white head that settles quickly leaving some spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with ever-so-slight grassiness and some light crackery and caramel maltiness. Sadly that's pretty much it.

The tastes begin with light crackery and biscuity maltiness with some mild grassy hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, that's 0-2 so far on this brewery. While this was better than the Pale ale by leaps and bounds this still isn't anywhere close to style and no where near a respectable ESB.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i promise im not discounting this beer because its made by cops. i swear. it really is just lousy, and under no circumstances could anyone who knows anything about beer call this an esb in good faith. the pour is clear pee yellow with an inch of big bubbled and fading whie head. gone in seconds. the nose is pushing offensive. extracty and watery at the same time, nothing to this at all. flavor is the same, generic and watered down, where are the robust english malts? the nutty aftertaste? the smooth thick feel? the fortitude? its all absent from this entirely forgettable brew. a predictably watery mouthfeel, lacking any real substance. carbonation is too light, but its not too bad. funky metallic finish, not for me. had to split this can with two others to choke it down. was bummed when we showed up and the brewery was closed, but one can of this wash makes me glad it was. i should be fair though, ill try again when passing through on a day other than sunday next time. ive had worse beers, but skip it.

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Photo of Beer187
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jayschool
3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Ristaccia
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of searsclone
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

can into a pint glass. tons of carbonation formed a light tan head on top of a very clear honey colored liquid.

smell reminds me of wood glue followed by a bready sweetness.

taste is bitter hops at first followed by some malt. spicy finish.

mouthfeel is light and watery

overall, just average. I won't search for this one

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Photo of biboergosum
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can, been kicking around for a while now. Apparently, the whole lot that was shipped to our small corner of the world has gone off, and been recalled, which makes makes me all the more curious to ascertain the status of this lonely, singular aluminum vessel.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark golden amber hue, with three fingers of densely creamy off-white head, which leaves a solid paint job of lace around the glass as it very slowly melts away.

It smells of bready and grainy pale malt, a bit of sour red fruitiness, and zippy leafy hops. The taste is sweet bready malt, a nicely balanced orchard fruitiness, and loitering, ne'er do-well leafy, musty, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is pretty well sublimated, the body an adequate medium weight, and smooth, in a field of no contention. It finishes sweet, with a slightly saccharine biscuity maltiness, that lingering fruitiness elevating the cause, and some soft leafy hops rounding things out.

A tasty enough affair, though it is indeed missing that sharp biscuity character that I associate with the style. However, this is hardly enough evidence to dismiss the whole freaking batch, IMHO, as I have had much more egregiously off-putting examples of ESBs that lack one or more of their expected attributes. Beyond my measly control, I reckon.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a translucent light copper color. Slightly off white two finger width head. Appears to have strong carbonation.

S - I'm primarily picking up caramel malt on the nose. Not much else really - a bit of hops, a hint of breadiness. Nothing super complex going on here.

T - Caramel malt up front, sliding back into some moderate hop bitterness. It has a nice bready finish. Not too bad. Again, nothing crazy or complex going on here, but tastes pretty good.

M - On the light side of medium bodied; it felt a little slick. Not quite as crisp as I would have liked.

O - Overall, tastes pretty good and would be a great sessioner, especially for a nice spring day.

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Photo of midworken
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very clear amber brown with a head that dissipated rather quickly. Lacing was left until the last drop.
Smell is not overly complex, nutty aromas with a stronger malt presence balanced with a bit of bitterness from the hops aromas. Nothing fancy here.
Taste is a very bright, yet mellow enough to not overdo it. Same that went for the smell goes for the taste here. Maybe I'm too used to Imperials that this beer doesn't wow me. However, it is very sessionable and easy to drink a few. Maybe a great intro beer to non-craft drinkers. Mouthfeel is dry, with the flavors leaving quickly and the beer being "smooth".
This beer is a good representation of the style, but nothing that is out of the norm - little complexity and no stunning features.
I hope this new brewery does well, it's the second to open in this city and will have a pretty good competition with the other brewery that has been around for a while. Hopefully Blue Bloods can turn out some great beers, and I look forward to trying other offerings.

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

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1327 Pod's ESB from Blue Blood Brewery
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