Parapet ESB | Northgate Brewing

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Parapet ESBParapet ESB

Brewed by:
Northgate Brewing
Minnesota, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Chaz on 07-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by FakeDeniro:
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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Photo of bsp77
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Brownish-orange with good-sized head and decent lacing.

Smell: Very English - biscuit, dark fruit (cherry and plum), tea, and spicy/earthy hop notes.

Taste: Strong English malt body of cherry, biscuit, and tea. More English hops than expected, with spicy, floral and earthy notes. At 50 IBUs, this is a little more bitter than I would desire for the style.

Feel: Excellent mouthfeel. Relatively low carbonation, with a firm medium body perfect for the style. Dry finish.

Overall: Great ESB that really seems like it could have been brewed in England. A slight more balance between malts and hops (maybe lowering the IBUs from 50 to lower 40s) would have made this a contender for best-in-style.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

They have pretty much nailed the British ESB thing with this beer: Earthy malt, this is brilliant dark amber, rich, creamy attack. Finish is dry and hoppy, nose – earthy hops, effervescent, above average carbonation, gives it a moussey quality, nice bitter emphasis on the end.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: An earthy and toasty aroma with hints of grass, citrus, and caramel malt. Earthy, floral, and spicy hops with hints of grass and slight pine. Citrus hints of lemon and slight orange. Toasted barley malt with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and toasty balanced taste with notes of grass, citrus, and caramel malt. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, and spicy hops with notes of grass and pine. Citrus notes of lemon zest and orange. Bready toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, rye, cracker, and yeast. Slight sweet taste of sugar. A pretty solid ESB taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a nicely drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the English ESB style. Good mix of earthy and spicy hops with the toasty malt notes.

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Photo of andrew8626
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigAl18
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of morimech
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of MNAle
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this is now being canned in pint cans, so I bought a 4 pack. Wow, am I glad I did! I don't know if I did not have a typical version the first time I reviewed this beer (being in a bomber, I only bought 1), or if it has been fine-tuned since then, but this has jumped up to near the top for me in local bitters. The original review was good, but this is nearly outstanding.

Poured from pint can into Irish pub imperial pint glass. Pours a dark amber in color. 1/2 inch head, cream white in color. Nice malty English aroma. Better than expected, frankly, for an American ESB, and much better than my last sample of this beer (if my review from then is to be believed). Lightly carbonated. Very smooth, malty initial taste. Somewhat smoky malts in the middle, with the hops beginning to assert. A nicely bitter finish. Moderately thick and smooth feel. This is a well-done bitter, an excellent American version of the style. Now that it is available in cans (instead of bombers), I will definitely be buying this more often.

(This is an updated review, posted August 3, 2015. The date BA shows is the date of my original review.)

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of MCImes
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Had this on tap recently. I like it a lot. Its not a super traditional ESB as it is a little more hopped up, but its not into IPA territory. Overall I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gregf51
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesMN
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a flagon purchased on 3/20/15.

Appearance: Hazy orange/caramel with a very thin topping of off-white suds. Looks nicer on-tap so that factors in to the score.

Aroma: Apricot jam, sweet but restrained but underlying earthy hops.

Taste: Nice earthy bitterness at a moderate level. That carries through with a good apricot flavor and a nice biscuit character. Finish is the best part, a quick burst of english yeast esters followed by an ebbing earthy/stone fruit bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just above medium in body with about average carbonation. Good drinkability and sessionable.

Final Thoughts: One of my favorites from a newly discovered brewery/tap room in NE Minneapolis. Their focus on English style session ales always keeps me coming back for more. Would I drink it again? Yep.

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Photo of nmann08
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sparx1100
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KarlHungus
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elec
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of herman77
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tricerahops
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of ceanderson
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler, drank from a mug. Not as much of a head as I thought it would have, probably me since I poured it from a growler. Nice color, dark amber. I didn't detect any citrusy smells, mostly nutty and earthy. But then I had a drink, and there was the grapefruit but not much pine. Pretty surprised since I was expecting a more balanced, malty beer being that it's labeled as an ESB. It's almost like an entry level IPA, noticeable bitterness, but not displeasing.

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Photo of Joe_Grizzly
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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