Salmon Bay ESB (Jane's Bitter) | Maritime Pacific Brewing Company

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Salmon Bay ESB (Jane's Bitter)Salmon Bay ESB (Jane's Bitter)

Brewed by:
Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-01-2004

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 15
Reviews by grittybrews:
Photo of grittybrews
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper orange into a pint glass with a thin film of loose white head.

Not much aroma, just some subtle citrusy hops. Low carbonation and a light mouthfeel made for easy drinking, but the flavor didn't bowl me over -- a little bit of caramel malt sweetness and just a hint of bitterness on the finish (was expecting much more from an ESB). Pleasant enough companion to dinner, but not especially memorable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a dark, hazy orange with a really nice head that showed good retention and pitted well.

Smell – Nice, light bittering sits atop a significant toasted-malt base.

Taste – Wow. This is much bitterer than I thought it would be from the nose. This is a very bitter and dry brew. It’s more like bitter lettuce than anything else. There’s some burnt malt flavor here but no sweetness whatsoever, just a very strong bitter taste.

Mouthfeel – Light to medium-bodied and extremely dry in the mouth.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this one. It is one of the driest and most bitter beers that I’ve ever had. It was originally entered as a “bitter” style but I’m requesting a change to “ESB”.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint at Cutters in downtown Seattle. A solid esb. A little bit too roasty and overly sweet but I still enjoyed it. Maybe I'm used to a more mild esb but this is still pretty good.

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Photo of grizzbar
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Braz
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Large bubbled head; little lace. Dark amber in color.

Sweet malt and bountiful hop aroma. This is the best aroma I've ever gotten from a pub pour.

Creamy, full bodied beer with relatively weak carbonation. The malt starts the taste. Lots of hop at the swallow and during the aftertaste.

This is a beer that reminds me of the decent pints poured in Britain. This casked offering was served at a good pub temperature, approximately 50 degrees.

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Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RJLarse
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On cask at the Elk Public House, served in a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy gold/brown color. The beer is not transparent at all. A rich foamy white head forms but is not a real sticky head. Marginal lacing.

Smell is a hoppy piney scent. It has a very pungent acerbic aroma.

Taste is sweet malt with a very VERY bitter finish. I know this is a bitter, but I think the bitterness is overdone.

Mouth feel is full bodied and a little cloying. There is minimal carbonation and the beer seems a bit flat, even for a cask conditioned brew.

This is drinkable enough for a bitter. I'm not much on the style, but this beer is not much of a thirst quencher. It might be better in the fall.

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Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maritime and E9 in Tacoma. Poured golden, light golden as it poured ans settled. Bitterness was prominent from beginning to end with a hoppiness to boot. This is an excellent beer on cask. Loys of carbonation and a good malt profile. Very good.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bronze ale, this one slightly hazed and with two names. Salmon Bay (or Jane's Bitter) has a light fruity aroma hardly worth mentioning. But the taste has a rich and authentic bittering component built on English hops accented by Yakima's finest. A slight touch of Tetley's tea emerges blended with caramel and perhaps a hint of lemon. Soothing, refreshing, and companionable. Recommended.

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Photo of zornbeast
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must admit I have very limited experience with their products, but I found this to be a solid ESB. The color and clarity were spot on, a deep amber hue and practically transparent. The smell was a bit more assertive than I had expected but pleasant nonetheless. On first taste the dryness comes out with a subtle bitterness throughout melding this the classic toffee and caramel notes. Finish is as clean and crisp. A very nice session beer.

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Photo of Asics
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Salmon Bay ESB (Jane's Bitter) from Maritime Pacific Brewing Company
3.7 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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