Puddlers Row ESB | Conshohocken Brewing Company

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Puddlers Row ESBPuddlers Row ESB
Puddlers Row ESBPuddlers Row ESB

Brewed by:
Conshohocken Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 72
Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at PHL. A slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized white head. Nice lacing in the glass. A sweet malty aroma with caramel and faint floral notes. The taste followed with a rich blend of caramel, toffee, dark bread, and a balancing floral bitterness. Clean and medium bodied. Overall a very tasty beer.

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Photo of HardCider
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangish copper color with a moderate head and moderate lacing. Very mild aroma which made it hard to identify. A good amount of bitterness. My first time trying this style of beer. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: amber in color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: mild bready aroma.

Taste: moderate malt presence, bread, some mild fruit sweetness, toffee, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall: a well balanced and flavorful ESB that is worthy of a try.

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Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gentle to moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a peachy mahogany body with some lacing. Nose of malt, some fruit, and slight hop aroma. Tastes of light malt with a slight spicy hop finish. Interesting! Nice feel and overall a fine little number right here. Cheers!

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Photo of IronLover
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with yellowish hues and perfect clarity. Poured with a moderate, off-white foam with medium low retention. Medium bready and toasty malt with light hints of toffee and light, earthy, spicy hop aromas. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Delicate, light creamy smooth feel with light warmth at the finish. Bready and toasty malt flavors slowly emerge followed by medium light earthy hop bitterness. Bitterness hangs on to the end with light toffee notes. Finished with toasty, bready maltiness and light earthy bitterness that slowly tapers. Gotta rate this for what it is. There are not many English ales out there in the current IPA flooded market. This is well balanced. Pretty even on the malty/hoppy scale. Tasty, subtle malt character and easy drinking hoppiness. Smooth, tasty, very drinkable.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found this at Brewer's Outlet! This is a yummy ESB… Beautiful head that stays and leaves suds in the bottom of your glass; a satisfying maltiness that could stand to be just a tad sweeter, although then it would almost be like a cream ale; is actually quite bitter, need to check what the IBU is. All in all, a very pleasant brew, we will be getting this often.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can poured into a 22 oz. "applebee's" glass.
L--Hazy amber color. Initially, a very nice, tan head that dissipated quickly with just a little bit of lacing.
S--Sweet maltiness, more fruit & floral notes than the maltiness would suggest.
T--Nicely balanced between malts and hops. Was not expecting this level of balance from the nose. Caramel & toffee with some fruitines on the finish. Nice.
F--Wet, quenching mouthfeel, with not a lot of carbonation. Quenching.
O--Quite a nice one from these folks. This was my first beer from Conshohocken, but I'll definitely keep my eye out for another ofering.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear Amber-copper in color with a finger of frothy off white head. Aroma is floral and earthy with a good amount of malts, some caramel notes. Lots of biscuity and nutty malts in the taste with some supporting caramel malts. A medium bitterness supports all those malts. Medium-light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Overall a decent beer, it's definitely drinkable but isn't as bitter as I'd like.

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Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy mahogany brown pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Earthy... toasted grains and light hops.

T/F: Follows the nose... toasted malts and light grains. Earthy/bready... toffee, caramel, and a bit sweet up front and then balanced out by medicinal hops. Light bodied. Well balanced.

O: A nice enough English style ESB. Nothing ground breaking, but a pretty well made beer and a nice change of pace from my regular IPA's.

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Photo of Greenlabel
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hard to find an ESB on retail shelves these days other than imports from the UK. As a long-time ESB fan, I was delighted to receive this 16 oz. can in a trade. The combined maltiness and bitterness with neither dominating brought back memories of the imports I used to drink before the craft beer craze. My only problem with this ale is the fact it's not available, as yet, in my home area and may not stray far from its home base in the near future. Future trades are always a possibility. Conshohocken has done a fine job with this product.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a nonic glass. Comes in a 4-pack.

L - Hazy golden amber color. 1.5 finger head, not very efervescent. Hardly any lacing.

S - Dried fruit: apricot, pineapple, orange. Grapefruit hops. Not too much hop character on the nose.

T - ESB taste with American Pale Ale bitterness. Candied/dried fruit taste but really nice hop bitterness. More like an India Style Bitter.

F - watery, leatherly feel thats nice and clean. Not crisp but smooth.

O - I really like this ESB. Some are too fruity and bland for me but this is very good. India Style Bitter I would say is a fair assessment. Cheers!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, no date

pours a clear golden color, foamy white head that fades fast. aroma of bread and earthy hops. taste is similar, with bitter bite. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Conshohocken Brewing Company "Puddlers Row ESB"
16 fl. oz. can, coded "12:50:45 12/14/15"
$1.99 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

It's nice to see that some American breweries are still brewing English style ales, and doing them well. This is about as close to Fuller's ESB as I can remember, not having had one in several years.

It's a hazy amber/copper in color with a creamy off-white head. The head retention could be better, as could the lacing. In the nose I find hints of flinty mineral, leaves, and muddy earth atop sweetish caramel malt. Across the palate it's medium to medium-full in body, and moderately carbonated leaving it delicately bristling and then smooth. The flavor brings in a fair amount of fruitiness that includes apple and soft pear (and perhaps a touch of plum?), as well as some honey-like sweetness. It's malty and sweet, yet also bitter and earthy, leafy/herbal/grassy, and floral. Still it somehow manages to finish drying as the malt erodes from the palate and the leafiness from the hops and mineral from the yeast rise.

Quite nicely done, and well worth trying.

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Photo of BWED
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a nonic.

A- Copper, with great clarity. White head has poor retention.

S- A bit of caramel, mild fruitiness. Dull earthy and floral hop character.

T- Mild caramel toast. Very light fruit flavor.

M- Medium light body. Bitterness is a good level, a little sweetness. Carbonation is a little zippy. Finish is semi-dry.

O- Pretty good. Mild, but still some good flavor.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My thanks to the Conshohocken brewers & owners for providing me with CANs for inclusion in The CANQuest (tm)! I hope to run through a bunch of them today. This should be a good time.

From the CAN: "Go Where the Path Takes You"; "Puddlers Row Extra Special Bitter is a classic English-style ale with a mellow roasted flavor that's rounded out by a toffee-like caramel sweetness. Puddlers Row is well balanced between English malts and European hops."

As soon as I Crack!ed this one open, I began to get gushing through the vent! Again! Two in the space of several hours! I CAN't get too worked up though, as the CANshohocken boys are good folks and once I CANpleted a small initial pour, things abated. I had a brief finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was a slightly hazy Amber to Deep-Amber/Light-Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13), but I want to see if it clarifies after settling on my next pour. Having allowed things to settle & employing a gentle Glug, it was clearer, but still a tad hazy. Nose smelled of honey drizzled over wheat toast! My late Pops used to make that for me when I was a kid. What a pleasant smell & memory! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was an amalgam of malty flavors - nutty; cereal grains, like wheat, especially; and honey along with a mild grassiness from the hops to hold the sweetness in check. My uncle Ralph was just asking me what beers he might like on his upcoming London visit and I said ESBs to which he countered that he had just said that he does not like bitter beers. I think that this would be perfect for him and others looking for the same thing. Finish was semi-sweet, never edging into that never-never land of cloying that I abhor. We used to be directed to "review to taste, not to style" since many of us were not BJCP certified and brewers were just beginning to experiment with pushing style boundaries. For my taste, it was a bit too sweet, but stylistically, it was spot on! Ah, these CANundrums ...

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Photo of KTCamm
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11/17...pours copper amber, mostly dark, light foam. Malty orange nose, light caramel and toffee. Clean malty taste, which turns hard into a strong pine bitter. Very flavorful with an english style hop. Really well made.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer with a rich amber hue and a tall dense head.
Aroma is soft toffee and fresh hops.
Drinks smooth and easy. Malty with some toffee notes. In the background is a good dose of hops to give a nice balance.

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Puddlers Row ESB from Conshohocken Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 72 ratings