ESB | Vault Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Vault Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 10-17-2012

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 17
Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Vault

Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a small white head that sank to a ringlet; moderate lacing. Light aroma, biscuity malts, light fruit esters. Taste of pale biscuity malts, a bit cardboardy, toasted grains, honey, light essence of apple and peach, leafy hops. Light-medium body, soft carbonation. Not very flavorful, even considering the style is supposed to be milder in general, but it was still fairly drinkable overall.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SPRichard
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bostonryan
5/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip pint. Cask.

Brownish amber with 1 finger of head and good retention. Slightly hazy with low carbonation.

Biscuit, caramel and a light fruitiness.

Biscuits, caramel and lightly toasted bread. Has a light fruity character reminiscent of cantaloupe. Light touches of brown sugar, chocolate and honey.

Light-medium bodied, soft and smooth.

This was my second beer at Vault after the Sweet Potato Ale and this is another winner. Tasty, balanced and an all around solid ESB.

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Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a light orange color with a 1" head.

Smell: very little aroma here as only a hint of fruit sweetness comes through to nose.

Taste: light caramel, golden apples, biscuit, and a soft bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Relatively clean aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a true session beer. Easy to quaff and mild in flavor which is nice on those times you want a lighter beer on the tastebuds. A decent representation of the style.

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Photo of brez8791
1.5/5  rDev -55.9%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Keyes88
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NYR_Rob
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
2.33/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On-tap at Vault Brewing in Yardley, PA...

A: Pours a nice translucent deep gold, with about a half finger of head. The foam settles quickly, and there is no lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is reminiscent of of adjunct lager, with a bit more bitterness from the hops. It's not the best smelling beer, but it's not horrible either. It smells of the style.

T: It get a mix of malt and bitters right up front, and then I get hit in the taste buds by old gym sock funk and that what can only be described as a "stale" taste. This beer is bad.

M: Light bodied beer.

O: Terrible. Seriously. I was only able to drink half of a pint before I had to give up.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rab53
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of runondirt
4.18/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

ESB from Vault Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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