ESP - Extra Special Pig
Pig Pounder Brewery

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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #262
Ranked #42,609
3.48 | pDev: 17.24%
Pig Pounder Brewery
North Carolina, United States
ESP - Extra Special PigESP - Extra Special Pig
Notes: A classic English ESB. Ruby amber in color, the aroma is floral, with mild plum accents. This ale is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel and toffee. The finish is clean and slightly sweet.

30 IBUs
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 18 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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metter98 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Pig Pounder Brewery, Greensboro, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has some yellowish hues with no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of toffee malts and plums are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of plums along with notes of pale and toffee malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad representation of the style and the plum aromas and flavors are particularly interesting and unique.

Serving type: on-tap

Aug 15, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a ruby-brown coloring, dark and rich, with no significant head. Nose of subtle toffee and roasted notes. Flavors are roasted caramel sweet forward, with a bitter hops undertone. Good balance. Smooth, light bodied, with a roasted toffee aftertaste. Smooth, light finish. Decent brew.

Mar 25, 2015
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ntgrant from North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, brownish-black.

Smell: Almost non-existent, slightly malty.

Taste: medium-bodied, malts, hops, bread, slight toffee/caramel, medium roast coffee.

Feel: Smooth, good with a meal.

Feb 15, 2015
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oberon from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Went to the new taproom last night for the first time.Poured into a nonic a rich deep copper color with a thinner lacey white head atop,aromas of bready malts,caramel/toffee,and light dark fruit.Flavor are pretty spot on for the English ESB,quite bready and mildy caramely sweet with a decent dose of earthy hops in the finish,a bit of hard water was noticed as well.Although Iam a hophead I can get into a traditional English ale from time to time and these guys seem to be getting that right.

Jun 26, 2014
ESP - Extra Special Pig from Pig Pounder Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 18 ratings