14'ER ESB | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.13%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 334 |  Reviews: 279
Reviews by mattmaples:
Photo of mattmaples
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great beer, lousy ESB. Over hopped and under malted for the style. I would have guessed it was made in the Pacific NW and not in CO. Ok, now that we have established it is not to style lets talk about what is does have going on. Great amber color, prominent cascade hop flavor and aroma with a light malty underpinning. I did enjoy it as I was scarfing down a burger and fries. Definitely a beer to try just so long as you are not expecting an ESB going in.

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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a shade of orange with thin but creamy head,aroma is big in the malt department fruity and some sweet dough.Taste is missing something has a decent fruitiness but lacks any complexity lightly sweet but no biscuity goodness and not much hop bitterness I like in the finish of ESB's.Not a awful beer just a little blah.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light, hazy orange in color with some visible sediment and a good, lacing head.

Smell – The big, hoppy nose is full of grapefruit and has some nice piney notes. The malt base is apparent as well, but it’s that pungent hoppy grapefruit aroma that makes this one a winner.

Taste – The big orange peel showed up at the tongue, giving this an all around nice and balanced flavor. The malt backbone stepped it up a notch as well, making a lovely compliment to the hoppy characteristics of this ale. This one also sweetens up at the end with some light fruity and sugary notes. Well done.

Mouthfeel – Not quite medium-bodied and, of course, bitter. This isn’t the bitter reminiscent of coffee or endive or something like that. This is more of a rindy kind of flavor that you’d get from chewing on the skin of an orange. Oh, I forgot to mention, this ale is dry, dry, dry.

Drinkability – This was refreshing and a nice change of pace from the string of crappy Pale Lagers that I’ve had lately. The bitterness is not overpowering and the ale is quite complex. Kudos to Avery!

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Photo of LSUExplorer03
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I got this bottle in my Avery variety pack -- my least favorite beer in the case, by far. Served in a DFH shaped pint glass.

A - Appearence is that of deep gold and copper. An off-white head pours out on top, about one finger thick.

S - Smell is nothing special. I pick up some hops, but not too strong.

T - Taste is pretty well balanced. Starts off with some malts, but finishes off with strong hop bitterness. The hop finish is rather srtong. Usually I love that hop finish, but there's something about this one that just doesn't do it for my taster buds.

M - Mouthfeel is medium to light body.

D - Drinkability is medium to low. Not horrible but definitely not great! If I didn't have an entire 6-pack of this beer, I would not be drinking any more.

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Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The 14'er ESB pours a copper-orange with a large, off-white head that has good retention and some lacing.

Its aroma is subdued grassy, piney hops with some hints of citrus.

The taste is sweet, caramel malt and some citrus initially. It follows with a bitter, acidic, hop finish and a strong bitter aftertaste. It was a little on the thin side.

Overall, a decent ESB. Kind of pedestrian and didn't do a lot for me. The aftertaste and balance didn't quite agree with me.

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Photo of Duster72
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky copper with a massive pillowy head that takes several minutes to subside. Aroma is typical ESB, slightly grassy, slightly hoppy. Taste is slightly disappointing. Strong bitterness with faint carmely malts and a definite citrus presence. Very American ESB. Medium body. This beer didn't work for me, slightly too bitter for my taste; not my cup of beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck, on the label states that this brew is a dedication to all of the 14,000+ mountains in CO. No freshness date.

Appearance: Copper hued with an effervescent carbonation that helps the head retention.

Smell: Good whiff of yeast, hop leaf, bread and grain in the nose.

Taste: Smooth and a little creamy in the mouth feel. Nice malt crispness yet there is an odd husky flavour that floats in the middle. Hop bitterness is ample and lingers into the finish as well as a bit of biscuity malt and a mild fruitiness.

Notes: A decent brew yet more of an American amber ale rather than an ESB ... bit out of balance though still quite drinkable.

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Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date. Pours into a pint glass a clear golden amber with an off-white head of mostly larger bubbles. Good retention and attractive lacing. Citrus and pine hops dominate the nose, with caramel and butterscotch in the background. Mouthfeel is fizzy with carbonation, a bit light bodied, and immediate western hops bite. Taste is mostly well balanced with pears, butternut, and caramel. The western hops become more assertive toward the finish, and provide plenty of bitter balance. Good drinkability, but this leans toward a western IPA with all the assertive hops sending the sweet malts into the backgound.

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, Honey straw in color, mild hops/malt nose. White head, leaving some lace. Love that tiny bubble film. Nicely balanced ale. Nutty malts dance together with soft flowery hops. True to the style this is a soft,very drinkable ESB. Fine session brew.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Poured an impressive orangish-copper with a fluffy white head. Impressive lacing of the glass with a nice white head.

Smell: Very hoppy. Clear indication of what this will taste like. Not as strong as some of the IPA's I've had, but still nice.

Taste: A very biting bitter flavor. A smidgen of malty sweetness pokes through at the end. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Good mouthfeel. A definite puckering effect.

Drinkability: OK. Not a strong finish for me. A little on the bitter side.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Pizza Port Carlsbad. Poured clear copper with a short white foamy head. Minimal lacing. Bright aroma of crystal malt and fresh hops. Lively mouthfeel with a dry finish. Crisp hoppy taste with a solid malt profile that prevents this from becoming an IPA-lite. Refreshing.

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

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck botte with a crimped cap. No dates on the bottles from the sampler case

Medium coppery color with a slight haze. Tall creamy white head turning chunky leaving sticky lace down the glass.Good retention,very little carbination looks on the flat side.

Sweet,fruity remind me a bit of juicy fruit gum,slightly diacetyl,toasty/bisquity slight burnt/metallic note, hints of grapefruit as the beer warms.

Clean at first,bisquity/dried straw astrigent with a slight tinge of alcohol,some fruityness most was drowned out by a heavy citrusy/grapefruit taste mid-way and through the finish. The taste was unbalance with lots of heavy hops. Liked the beer a bit to hoppy for the style

Light medium mouthfeel,grainy,slight cloying. Had a good drinkable quality with a dry feel leaving the mouth watering for more.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden honey color. The one finger whtie head shows decent retention and leaves substantial lacing.

The smell is of toasty malt, lemon and orange esters, and a slighty hoppy note. The flavor consists of tangy orange and lemon, malt and yeast, bitter hops, and pinch of sugar.

The mouth is light, with medium carbonation and moderate complexity. It is dry and slightly bitter, then creamy, finishing sweetly, a little sticky on the lips.

Very drinkable, even if not totally rockin' my world. I would say it is the most representative example of the style either.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot color with a low white heads that sinks and disappears quickly. Aroma of honey and fruit - some apricot and sweet pear. Full mouthfeel of moderate carbonation with a smooth and creamy finish. Flavor full of floral hoppiness, some honey sweetness, and a citrus finish. Some lingering bitter orange peel and pine. Very big and bright flavor, refreshing and bracing. Not overly complex, but it hits every aspect very well. Thanks to Brent.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good auburn color with hints of light orange, ample offwhite head, good lacing. Dry grass bitter aroma.

Taste, good and bitter, was hoping for more hopping, but still is probably on the heavy side for style, on average. Caramel all over the place. Just the right amount of sweetness. Could have been sturdier down the stretch. Remains drinkable, although this variety seems to be lesser available every year.

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Photo of ADR
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearish dark amber gold color, frothy head with lots of tendrils. Complicated lacing on the pint glass. Slightly beefy aroma, malty with associated caramel sugars. Lighter-bodied, but with a good sense of balance -- sweet but somewhat oak barrel deepness with a good backbone of what seems like an American west coast hop pithiness. This is an easy to throw back brew, not quite as prickly or spicy as the best in the category but without noticable flaws. A good beer with an attractive pour.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of WVbeergeek
1.91/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours an orange amber tint with an off white rather thin cream colored head leaving a thin collar of lacing. Aroma: Mild malt sweetness, mild hops, diacetyl carboard like astringency I am going to guess and say this is an old bottle. Taste: Biscuity malt undertone of hops, not much of anything special here. Mouthfeel: A tad thin and high carbonation making each sip more than cloying. Drinkability: Not a solid drinker past it's prime some beers alter for the better this one has gone bad, not worth it don't buy if in question of it's freshness.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear light amber with a white big bubbled head. Head shrinks to a thin layer that remains throughout drinking.

S: Bitter grassy hops, grapefuit, and some malt.

T: A creeper beer. Starts mild then comes the bitterness. Lots of hops and grapefruit. This one puckers your throat. N

M: Light to medium body with great carbonation.

D: Good summer beer, as it definitely quenches.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a pretty straight-on amber. An off-white head is dense and sticks in rings and patches on the glass.
The aroma is pretty one-sided as far as hops overwhelming any malt presence, though it is backed up by a grains smell. yeast is also a bit strong, adding an odd tint. Hops are nice and herbal/flowery, giving a raw bud note.
Flavor is the same: good if not off-balance, with a grains backing and a little too much yeast. Decently tasty.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a crisp bite from the moderate carbonation. Body is on the light side of moderate.
I'd give this one a shot, though I think it may be a bit off-style.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking bitter, the standard copper color with a modest amount of just off white head topping off a slightly cloudy body. Pretty much what you would expect and are not disappointed by. The smell is mostly a slightly grainy hops odor and not much more. The taste is dominated by the same hops, nicely bitter, but also a bit graining and a bit citrus, with very little malt for balance. The good amount of carbonation and medium body give a pretty good mouthfeel. My only question is where this falls. Is this an american bitter, or is it just somewhere between Avery's IPA and a Pale ale? Or is it just a hoppy amber ale? All in all this is not a bad beer but it's also not great. If you run across it, it's worth trying, but if you are searching for the best American Bitter you should probably look elsewhere.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with a giant white foamy head. The head is long lasting and leaves great lacing. The smell is "bisquity", pine filled hops, and sweet malt,but it's not too strong. The taste has bitter pine hops,sweet malt,bread yeast, and some floral flavors. The m/f is light with the flavors abit out of balance. This isn't a bad beer, it has some flaws,but it could easily be a summer lawnmower beer. Cheers.

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Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dim gold with patchy yellow-stained lace.
Simple, clean scents of lemon rinds and dough.
Begins with a dash of toffee sweetness that is immediately enveloped with a pasty, doughy vagueness. Turns mineral and pleasingly metallic early on. Iron and hard water lead into lemon peels, and bitter herbs. Lemongrass and dead foliage, then it rides out mimicking tea. And I mean flat-out identity theft.
Light bodied, and drainable in gulps. Many of the variables are in place, and with a juicier malt load, this could really be special.

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14'ER ESB from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 334 ratings