Rockaway ESB
Rockaway Brewing Company

Rockaway ESBRockaway ESB
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Rockaway Brewing Company
New York, United States
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #51
Ranked #22,575
3.75 | pDev: 8%
Mar 02, 2022
Jun 24, 2013
Very Good
Rockaway ESBRockaway ESB
Notes: An English-style ale with an American twist. Amber in color with a malty under structure. Accompanied by smooth hop characteristics to compliment a subtle sweetness.
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Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by wip998001 from Massachusetts

Jan 19, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Mar 07, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by eluvah from New York

Feb 27, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by chiefz1 from New York

Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by alexsergio from New York

Sep 14, 2019
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Rated by Elarcicim from New York

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very smooth ESB, good balance of taste and aroma
May 29, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by xungmound98 from New York

May 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Jacob’s Pickles, NYC.
Pours a clear golden color with a touch of amber. A large creamy head displays nice retention.
Aromas of nutty and biscuity malt, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and honey. There is also a touch of bubblegum, cinnamon like spices and floral hops.
Taste aligned with aroma. Malt forward and sweet with an emphasis on caramel, toffee, butterscotch, honey and biscuity malts. The hops provide subtle flavors of floral and earthy flavors along with a light bitterness. The finish is dry.
Medium bodied, smooth, buttery and with a gentle carbonation.
Well balanced overall. A nice example of an ESB.
May 10, 2019
Rated: 3.69 by cambabeer from New York

Jan 30, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jan 11, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by runeatdrink from New Jersey

Jan 14, 2018
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Reviewed by AgentMunky from New York

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a TORP into a plastic cup.
Lots of head, per ush from this machine, clear copper color with sticky lacing.
Smells coppery also, malty & metallic.
Tastes deeply and pleasantly malty. Bready sugars dominate the palette, with a mineral, earthy finish. Best cold, with a smooth, crisp feel and an almost mapleishly heavy sweetness (without the intensity).
A very autumnal beer, well executed in a style I don't particularly care for. Recommended for maltheads and ESBlovers.
Dec 15, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Nov 26, 2017
Rated: 4 by CervezaNY from New York

Nov 17, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by thornburyslasher from Illinois

Oct 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Danstaats from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
several years ago this beer would ve reigned high but after the juice bombs have come out ....not a chance.
if you like a malty backbone that go for it
Aug 22, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 4 by Srecko from Serbia

Jun 21, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by AmitC from New York

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 3.37 by Strohm from New York

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by monkeybeerbelly from New York

Feb 03, 2017
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Traded for this beer a while back and stuck it in the fridge. Finally, I got around to it tonight though that wasn't my intent! Rockaway, like so many other places, is new and in my neck of the woods at work so it's something that I should have gotten to earlier and have been eager to try. This being an ESB only added to the anticipation!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a hazy butterscotch hue to it with plenty of head and a few strong, soapy rings of lacing left behind once I took a sip. Not a strong aroma to this but there was plenty of Biscuit Malt with mild English hops underneath it. Once I gave it a sip, it was obvious that this was one of the one the mildest ESB's that I've ever had. Soft, floral hops, mild bread, earthy grass, and hay were all to be found as the bitterness took a back seat here. Crisp and balanced, this had a nice, clean finish to it as there was plenty of malt to balance out the hops that softly emerged in the aftertaste, as the buttery nature of this beer allowed it to go right down sip after sip...

The alcohol was present but not a deterrent as it would have been easy to crack another one of these open after finishing this off in easy fashion. While not strong or unique enough to win someone over, this was an unassuming and welcoming beer that could not turn anyone off and after all of the strong brews that I've had lately, this was a welcome change from what's currently being released in New York City. Would love to get a fresh one of these and give it another go!
Nov 30, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by mattyrubes from New York

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by griffey123 from Connecticut

Nov 24, 2016
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The colour is gold/pale amber; the liquid a bit hazy. The low white airy head dissolves quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is mild. Some caramel/toffee, some yeasty/earthy notes. Hints of wet paint and lactose.

The taste is smooth with passing clean bitterness, caramel malts, rye crispbread and some alcohol. Hits of spices (anise, cumin). Light to medium body. The aftertaste is rather mild with some brown malt sweetness, clean hay-ish bitterness. Mixed dried fruits, alcohol and banana peels. The long finish got peel-y bitterness and caramel malt flavours.

The carbonation is strong and lager-like. Many short-lived mid-sized bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

Not a bad ESB, and even if the brewery claims it is malt-focused, I find it more hoppy than the English beers in this style.
Sep 07, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by erogers from New York

Sep 05, 2016
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can from Beershop NYC
Nice semi-clear amber with minimal head, smells like sweet biscuits, tastes like toasted malts with a mellow hop backdrop, good carbonation. Traditional tasting ESB with well concealed ABV.
Sep 03, 2016
Rated: 3.57 by smithj4 from New York

Jul 09, 2016
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
tall boy can, w/o freshness info that I could find

Pours typical looking lighter almond amber, and the orig large head fading to a minimal film and leaving very minor lace.

Biscuity malt nose

Pleasant enough brew, malty, moderatly sweet, with a soft English style hop note on the finish.

Nice to enjoy an ESB in a can...nice change from the current wave after wave of IPAs
Jul 06, 2016
Rated: 3 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by Lucoli from New York

Jun 17, 2016
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Reviewed by intoxicnation from New York

4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
I was really surprised by the woodsy taste of this bitter and found that the sweet undertones added a welcomed balance to the bitterness off the hops. The fairly high alcohol content was not a distraction. Thoroughly enjoyed this beer.
May 15, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by Gkruszewski from New York

Apr 30, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by KingPurple from New Jersey

Apr 29, 2016
Rated: 3.37 by socon67 from New York

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by abkayak from New York

Jan 15, 2016
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