Landlady Ale
Queen City Brewery

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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #272
Ranked #43,897
3.49 | pDev: 14.61%
Queen City Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: With a malt character that typifies the finest Yorkshire ales, this smoothly rounded Extra Special Bitter provides a depth of flavor, an aromatic fruitiness, and a flowery, hoppy elegance in the finish. Using a combination of the highest quality English pale and crystal malts, as well as wonderfully aromatic Styrian Goldings and Kent Goldings hops, this refined amber ale is deeply satisfying. (ABV 5.4% IBU 45) - Extra Special Bitter
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a nice transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a rapidly dissipating white head. Light stringy lacing. The smell had some light sweet bready malts with a crisp nutty character running into it and then a slight sweet grassy hops slyly moving in for the balance. Sweet fruitiness as well. The taste was basically the same moving very sweet and smooth into the aftertaste. Smooth nutty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation seemed to run light allowing enough to make a wonderful food beer. Overall, hot damn, what a nice ESB, and made by an American brewer. Fans of the style should be seeking this one. Now pass me the fish n’chips.

Jul 14, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not enough good american made esb types out there, so happy to see this one. its a little lighter than i am used to in the style, paler in color, lesser in structure, but really nicely flavored and incredible smooth and easy drinking, very well executed take on it. there is a full inch of head over the clear light amber brew. an aroma of nutty toasted malt, the classic english maris otter type malt, and a little toasty sweetness. slight hint of maple to this, but that could just be the vermont in it. the yeast is english but it tastes like it was fermented on the cooler side, as the yeast seems more crisp than bready, and the beer is super dry for starting out on that caramelized malt sweeter side. for being light in body it has an awesome smoothness to the feel, punctuated a little bit by happy carbonation, somewhat higher than we might see in the old world examples of the style. earthy and nutty at its heart, less sweet, this is one of the first beers i have had from queen city, and its very solid for what it is.

Aug 06, 2016
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty gold color and crystal clear. Great blanketing lace from a very modest head.

Very unusual aroma of sweet hard candy (cherry or grape). Artificial.

Strong bitterness up front and then...banana. Very odd, not like any ESB I've ever had. High level of carbonation with an elevated richness. The finish is sweet and bitter. Overall, not bad, but very unusual.

Apr 19, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

VT Brewfest notes

A-Clear copper.

S-Floral hops. Toffee, caramel. Slightly estery. Has that distinctive, balance ESB aroma.

T-Balanced between herbal, tea like hops and a fruity yeast as well as a sweet caramel malt. Hops are also floral.

M-Medium bodied.

O-I have grown fond of ESBs and this one was pretty well cut to style.

Jul 29, 2014
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ATCBTV from Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at the brewery as part of the sampler. This is the one that stood out to me. Smooth mouth feel and perfectly carbonated for an ESB. Nice copper color. Malty but balanced as a good ESB should be. Not especially fruity, but definitely has that good toasted flavor. Brought a growler to fill and chose this over the other offerings.

Jun 15, 2014
Landlady Ale from Queen City Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 36 ratings