ESB | Core Brewing & Distilling Co.

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ESBESB
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3.75/5
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75 Ratings
ESBESB
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
Arkansas, United States
corebeer.com

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by estlinska on 04-12-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,953
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
75
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of champ103
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark red color. A two finger white head forms with good lace left behind.
S: Toasted malts and light grains up front. Caramel malts, with a touch of dark fruits that are almost like cherries. A bit of herbal and earthy tea like hops in the finish.
T: Like the nose with grainy and toasted malts. Caramel and a bit two sweet at first. Dark fruits and earthy hops that gives a bit of bitterness in the finish.
M/O: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean. A very nice American example of an ESB. Something I can come back to again.

I like the malt character and the dark fruit/cherry character gives a little depth. A good option to come back to when at one of the tap/public houses around AR.

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KLHBB
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Allurex
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cadaugherty
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Magery
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, brown color. 1/2 inch head of off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of caramel malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of tea. Fits the style of an ESB. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, caramel malt, hint of tea, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, a pretty solid ESB.

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Photo of cecollier
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aratcliffe
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sandy_gaara
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rbellcra
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DHHDS5
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best ESB I've ever tasted!

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Photo of fs_native
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich red color with a lasting head. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Moderate hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Skillet
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dicers
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drewone
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ARBeerBulletin
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here is how I know I'm a true beer nerd/enthusiast : I hate bitter beers. But I must try everything. And with that in mind, I review by style rather than anything else. Although I still tell you if I like it or not. So here's a gross bitter, reviewed subjectively by a malt-lover.

Appearance : Copper colored body, 80% transparent, with a giant off-white 2 fingered head (like mattress foam) that leaves lacing on the sides of the glass like an abstract art painting.

Smell : Hops obviously out front in the form of fruity pineapple, grapefruit, some morning dew grass, and faint banana peel. Very very faint dirty malt notes.

Taste : It packs a punch. The bitterness is very strong and rich, starting up front with some piney/woody flavors and ending with tropical fruit drying on back of the tongue. Aftertaste is of mango, papaya, and tangelo.

Mouthfeel : light to medium bodied, pretty slick and oily, lightly carbonated, ends slightly dry with dried fruits.

Overall : Again, I'm not a fan of bitters but this is good for its style. Very strong in its presentation and leaves some decent tropical flavors behind as it waves goodbye.

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ESB from Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 75 ratings