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:
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Dirty25 for sending me this one.

Pours a murky brown with a gigantic foamy khaki head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, and bread aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is definitely infected, but it is slightly drinkable at least.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 Boone757
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 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 drewone
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dicers
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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 brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 BeerBucks
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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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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 jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of cadaugherty
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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