ESB | Core Brewing & Distilling Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by JEdmund:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Enjoyed this on tap at a local pub, 1st beer I've had from Arkansas.
Pours a dark copper color with an off-white head of less than 1 finger that leaves lots of lacing.
The aroma is loaded with malty goodness: caramel and toffee, cracker and biscuit.
The taste is much the same: Lots of caramel and toffee, a hint of biscuit and a very spot-on bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and quite nice.
Overall, a very true-to-style and tasty ESB. Well done. Glad I had a chance to try it as no one seems quite sure when another keg may make it back here.

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Photo of deebo
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sandy_gaara
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ARBeerBulletin
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fs_native
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
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 LXIXME
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a pint glass.

A good-looking beer, dark brown in color with amber hues and half a finger of frothy head. Sticky lace remains about the glass and settles atop the liquid.

The smell too is on point, if not a little bit hard to peg down. I get piney notes, bitter hops, sweet malt, toast and sweet bread.

The taste is even more difficult for me to decipher. I simply couldn't put my finger on what exactly I was tasting. There certainly were potent and very bitter hops with some floral notes to them, then the bready quality and some sweet malt. I couldn't pick out much more.

This ESB had a decent, medium body, and starts off both smooth and bitter, before a dry bitter finish in which the aggressive hops come in and blast the mouth and linger long after each sip.

I'd say this is a decent ESB, but I feel it's lacking a bit of the smooth, creamy maltiness that my favorite ESBs have. Plus, it's not quite as balanced as I usually like.

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Photo of Ryantcollins
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of lshrtmn
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Little hoopiness but very smooth . Hints of caramel.

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Photo of jwg782
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Faint traces of lacing & average head retention

S: Some toastyness, fruittyness (pears & apricots), great nose on this beer

T: Some toastyness, apricots, slight sulphury notes, & woody hops up front. Toasty, still some sulphur notes, faint figgy notes, pears & mineral hop dryness. Finishes dry, fruitty, more sulphury/mineral notes ( kind of held this back a bit ) plus woody hops

F: Medium bodied, decent balance, slightly over carbonated

A pretty good take on the style, if they dial this in they will have a winner, was better on draft. well worth your consideration either way

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Photo of SeanP
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cecollier
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewAskew
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a half-inch white head that sticks around. Copper-light brown color and crystal clarity. Aroma is toasty, bready, woody and sharp and whiskey-like. Flavor is more of the same, a definitive toast, smoke, earthy English hops and balancing bitterness. Some fruit esters in there as well. Mouthfeel is light and co2 is strong for style. A solid brew.

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Photo of Magery
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Chris, nice hops up front with a caramel malt and grainy finish.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biff_Tannen
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of B-Land
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brodie
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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ESB from Core Brewing & Distilling Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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