14* ESB
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

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Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Minnesota, United States
Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #10
Ranked #15,875
3.9 | pDev: 10.51%
Mar 14, 2022
Jan 27, 2014
Very Good
14* ESB14* ESB
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3.39 by sccrneo from Minnesota on Mar 14, 2022
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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Pivopijak from Washington

Clear, medium caramel color. Very subtle, sweetish, medium heavy toast malt. A bit of a woody bite, along with a soft caramel malt flavor. Medium light mouthfeel. Fairly quick, subtle woody bite finish.

IBU: 32

Sep 27, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by JayQue from Virginia

Good ESB. Had a 12 oz. .can at the Cianti Grill in St. Paul MN. Pours a clear light amber color with an off white/ light cream colored head. Good head retention and light lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild, slightly sweet maltiness. Taste features toasted malt, a little sweet with some bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Nicely done!!!

Jun 12, 2021
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4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz can with a date. Beer #1200, baby

Hiding underneath the unnecessary and weird name is one of the best amber beers I've had the pleasure to try recently. Darker than I would've thought it to be, little head, but great lacing all down the glass. Supremely great taste, roasty & toasty malts, grain forward, slight bittering hops in the finish. Just lots and lots of savory malt goodness here while remaining very drinkable (not a malt-bomb)

Bomb-ass. That's the bottom line

Feb 20, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KTCamm from New Jersey

9/23/20....pours medium dark brown with light white foam,. Bready caramel nutty nose. Caramel flavor. Robust. Slight cola. Backed with a hop that balances out the sweetness. Very nice, almost a root beer flavor.

Dec 06, 2020
4.19 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Sep 11, 2020
3.99 by adosen01 from Minnesota on Jun 27, 2020
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours a clear dark copper. Moderate head. Excellent lacing.

The brew has caramel malt sweet aromas mixed with fruity and earthy hops.

Caramel malts on the tip of the tongue. Mild citrus fruit flavors in midstream, with earthy and floral hops finishing the show.

The feel is great. Medium bodied, well carbonated, and drying at the finish.

One excellent ESB.

Jun 07, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - cloudy light brown color slight head and some sticky lacing
Smell - malty caramel sweet smell
Taste - about the same as the scent with a slight bitterness
Feel - medium body and carb. Slight bubbley
Overall - pretty tasty esb

Jan 05, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I got a can of this beer from a beer store in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It poured a slightly hazy amber with off white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had bold caramel malt notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with caramel malt base and maple syrup and molasses highlights. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Dec 21, 2019
3.42 by LostHighway from Minnesota on Dec 09, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber color that is clear. SRM of 16. (4.00)

Aroma: Light to moderate aromas of earthy caramel, brown bread, and light flowery aromas.. Hints of brown sugar, syrup, and toffee. A strong earthy caramel aroma to finish. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with light, vague citrus followed by a caramel, brown bread, and some flower. Milder flavors. Lots of caramel, brown bread, with flower. (3.75)

Feel: Light and clean. Mild carbonation. Clean on the palate. Moderate pine bitterness. Alcohol shows through. (3.75)

Compared to Summit's Extra Pale Ale 4/13/20: Pours a darker color. Lighter aromas. More malty, alcohol and phenols. More Belgian spice. Less flower, citrus, and caramel malts. Maybe more nuts too. Finishes slightly sweeter.

Compared to Odell's 90 Shilling Ale 5/26/21: Pours more ruby. More orange citrus, caramel, an pine. Less toasted brown malts and bread. Slightly stronger and a larger body.

to SN Oktoberfest 2021 4/14/22: Pours an identical color. Milder aromas. More earthy caramel and flower. Less orange, spiced caramel, and toasted malts. '

to Sierra Nevada Celebration 4/20/22: Pours a darker color, milder aromas. More caramel malts, less spiced pine. More toasted bread, but less bitter pine on the finish.

Overall: Previously mixed reviews, but this one has a nice caramel malt profile with an earthy pine bite too it. Lots of caramel and sun-basked orange. It's toasty, yet fruity. Strong caramel, pine, but also orange citrus. Drinks quite similar to Sierra Nevada, but more malty perhaps. (Final Rating: 3.71)
*Compare to Celebration*

Oct 27, 2019
3.78 by 22Blue from Kansas on Oct 21, 2019
3.69 by smithj4 from New York on Aug 04, 2019
3.5 by Dovers from Wisconsin on May 08, 2019
3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2019
3.98 by Rasmonton from Canada (AB) on Sep 25, 2018
3.81 by corywalston from North Dakota on Sep 13, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Light brown color with a definitive haze. E excellent blanket lacing from lasting head.

Lots of caramel/crystal malt aroma.

Sweet and dry in equal measures. The brew starts dry but the malt sugars show up in the swallow with the mild hop bitterness. The flavor is rich while the body is above average. Higher carbonation as well. The finish has a caramel flavor with white pepper-like hop spice. The aftertaste approaches chocolate but doesn't quite get there. I get a bit of treacle as well.

Overall, this is a special beer. Perhaps it's more dark and bitter than a traditional ESB, but the flavor is full with darker toasted beads and light pepper.

Sep 04, 2018
3.81 by MrHoonlee from Minnesota on Aug 10, 2018
3.16 by Slim_720 from Wisconsin on Jul 22, 2018
4.12 by B-rett from Wisconsin on Jun 21, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Strix from Wisconsin

Clear copper, good head

Bready, malty nose

Nutty, bready malt that finishes with a cascadey hop bite. Nice balance.

Medium carbonation and mouthfeel

Solid and drinkable.

Jun 12, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

Poured all types of hopped-up beer down my gullet whilst in Minneapolis and this special bitter, when compared to those hop-monsters, was one of my faves. Probably benefitted from cutting through all the lupulin clutter with a totally different (and welcomed) taste profile, but still - it's a great brew. Love the style when it's well done.

Earthy brown pour with a moderate head that hung around for the full pint.

Bitter hops accentuated by an earthy, floral and nutty undertone. Light spiciness with hints of tobacco beneath it all. Slightly sweet caramel hops and a kiss of candied pear.

Crisp but dry, refreshing but not overly carbed; a true sipper of a beer.

Apr 22, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped on can bottom is '030-18'.
Deep amber colored body. White islands and ring. Rings of lacing.
Subtle aroma of malt and citrus.
Taste of malt, floral hop, caramel/nutty. Bitterness is balanced.
Medium mouth feel.
A good representative of style. Rather dry, but full of bolder, sweet malt and citrus hops.

Jan 14, 2018
3.94 by WillLyon4 from Massachusetts on Dec 22, 2017
4.07 by NodakEric from Minnesota on Oct 10, 2017
3 by Vidblain from Minnesota on Sep 05, 2017
4 by Lelampp from Ohio on Jul 20, 2017
3.57 by Dave2234 from Minnesota on Jul 15, 2017
4.14 by PMarcy78 from Minnesota on Jun 17, 2017
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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

14* ESB pours a darker amber color, almost brown, with a big lacing and long lasting head. Big malty aroma, with hints of nuts. Taste is malty upfront, hints of smoke, with a creamy and slightly bitter aftertaste. Good body and feel,but feels just a bit flat. Overall, its a bigger take on a traditional ESB style.

Jun 10, 2017
3.69 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota on Jun 07, 2017
3.86 by cmsfish from Minnesota on Jun 05, 2017
4.1 by HermitDan from New Jersey on May 25, 2017
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4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

Beer pours a clear reddish brown with a tall off-white head. Smells of toffee, earthiness, and grass. Taste leads with bitterness before giving way to a great caramel-y and nutty malt flavor. Floral, earthy hoppiness with a slightly sweet finish. Mouthfeel is light and smooth with just enough carbonation to make your mouth tingle. Overall, a great, well-balanced beer that makes me want to try more ESB-style beers, if this is to be a true representative of it. My favorite Bent Paddle release, and my favorite beer.

Feb 09, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

Poured out a clear copper color with a pillowy, white, one-finger head. It smelled of pine, citrus and malt. It tasted spicy and hoppy. Also a good sweet maltiness flavor. There is a slight bitter kick. It was very crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

Jan 02, 2017
3.69 by einman from Minnesota on Dec 21, 2016
4.01 by elec from Minnesota on Nov 27, 2016
3.97 by moundbz from North Dakota on Oct 26, 2016
14* ESB from Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 197 ratings