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Tributary Brewing Co.

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Style:
English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
ABV:
6.2%
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Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 3.58%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
9
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Tributary Brewing Co.
 
Maine, United States
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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color where light passes through easily enough to know it's cloudy. Small but lasting head which leaves a nice blanket of lace on the glass.

The smell is sweet with plenty of brown sugar and light burnt malt. It falls somewhere between a Brown Ale and Scotch Ale.

The flavor is also sweet with a stronger toasted malt flavor than brown sugar. There's some balancing hop, though, which takes the taste out of the Scotch Ale category. It reminds me most of a Bock, if only because of the rich body and low carbonation.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tappoured into a shaker pint

A: very little head body is fairly good clarity might be a haze from the chill. Body is an amber in color leaning towards caramel.

S: light bitterness some copper tones a little sharp malts and some floral hops.

T: Malty a touch bitter lots of pungent floral hops with rich buttering malts. A light bit of a copper taste.

M: medium bodied good texture medium carbonation.

O: This beer assaults your nose with hops but the malts really round this out in the taste making for a fairly easy drinking beer.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 32oz growler, purchased at the brewery 05/07/16. Served in a (Tributary!) tulip.

Pours a dark bronze-dirty copper, the color of an old penny, with barely a scant half-finger of short-lived head.

Nose is subdued, soft crackery malt, applesauce, astringent herbs and tobacco with a whiff of brandy.

The taste is mildly sweet with earthy, toasted malt, and faintly reminiscent of cider. The slightest astringent bitterness comes on the back end, embedded in a quick snap of dusty cocoa and charred grains, there and gone.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, light-to-medium bodied, with low carbonation.

Overall, this was a very good, albeit unusual (at least to me), beer which drinks like a cross between a 'black IPA' and a nice crisp cider. Despite its appearance (and stated abv of 6-point-something), it turned out to be light, refreshing and super-easy drinking. This would be a terrific beer for grilling on a hot, sunny afternoon. Bottom line: more please.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.
Big caramel and toffee with hints of chocolate and fruity English yeast. Light earthy hops and no Diacytyl. Nice beer if you are into this style.

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ESB from Tributary Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 9 ratings