Surfman's Check | Devil's Purse Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Devil's Purse Brewing Co.
Massachusetts, United States
devilspurse.com

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Patches826 on 05-09-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,240
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
65
pDev:
7.01%
 
 
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by farrago:
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3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Tallboy can into a small glass for the review. Clear deep amber copper body and a frothy white cap that rises to about one finger high with decent retention. Spotty lacing sticks around the glass.

S- Toasted malts right up front joined by notes of caramel, nuts and something very reminiscent of vanilla sweets. Biscuity with mostly the malts starring and just a hint of earthy and spicy hops here. A tad fruity.

T- The beer seems to round itself out more compared to the aroma with more influence from both the yeast and the hops which join the base of toasty, nutty, caramel and biscuity grains. Generally fruitier (yeast derived) than the aroma but hard to really point out anything specific; perhaps between grapes and red fruits. The hops bring on herbal tea, earthy and spicy notes.

MF- A light-medium body with a slightly frothy and creamy texture. This feeling is brought on by a rather high level of carbonation and the beer ends with an herbal bitterness.

Solid ESB coming out of MA, sign me up. Represents the style well with the yeast, malts and hops all joining in on the fun especially in the taste. Toasty, herbal and a bit fruity.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cool crowler poured into an English pint glass. Picked up the crowler while visiting the brewery yesterday. Going to sample and review everything they had available. The ESB pours a clear amber color with lots of carbonation streams rising to the surface. A frothy and rocky eggshell white head foams up 4 cm with a less than aggressive pour.
the head fades gradually to a pock marked layer of foams leaving sticky bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass as they sink into the amber liquid. The head remains a sturdy creamy layer of foam long after the pour.
The aroma is caramel and biscuity malt with a mild earthy hop hidden in the background. Definitely malt forward on the nose.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine and tingly carbonation. There is a smooth texture that further enhances the drinkability of this beer.
Flavor is caramel and biscuit malt with a bit of a cereal quality. There are some slightly bitter earthy, tea leaf hops that come through on the finish. Not really astringent nor pungent just enough to cut the sweet malt and dry the finish. the lower ABV doesnt make any appearance and I find that drinking the crowler solo in a short amount of time is not an issue.
Im glad to have stopped by this brewery while staying in Yarmouthport for vacation. If the ESB is any indication, I am excited for the other beers I have waiting for me!

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Photo of FBarber
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lighter amber color - completely clear. Somewhat effervescent. Thin bubbly tan head dissipates steadily leaving some foamy lacing along the glass but no residual head on top of the beer.

Smell is nutty with some caramel malts and a slight hop spice. The aroma is very earthy and nutty - appropriate and nice for the style. The aroma definitely blossoms as the beer warms.

Taste follows the nose with some nutty earthy malts up front. Touch of caramel, with a bit of sweetness, but not too much. Quickly gives way to a dry spicy bitterness from the hops. Bit more bitter than I might expect, but its not to an IPA level. Woody finish with a nice mellowing out.

Feel is light and drinkable - Definitely fits the ESB style. Drier finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice ESB - certainly better than any domestic example of the style I can get here in Chicago. Id definitely get this again if it were available.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice malty beer with a slight touch of bitterness. Taste is caramel, meadow, and plenty of English malts. Goes down super easy. Worth seeking out. Happy I picked up a crowler of it.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well done brew. I was there for the IPA and tried this ESB just because it was there the same time I was. Not a big fan of this style but I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Ben1313
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewAskew
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BergBeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Translucent amber with a thick cream colored head.

Smell: Rich amber malts and lightly bitter noble hops. Clean and crisp on the nose.

Taste: Rich caramel malts on the attack. This fades rather quickly to a clean noble hop bitter. Notes of caramel, whole grain bread, and floral hops.

Feel: Medium - light bodied. Quenching with a crisp refreshing finish. No alcohol. Clean carbonation.

Overall: A solid American ESB. It might be a bit too malt forward the a traditional ESB. However it's flavorful, refreshing, and goes down refreshing.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hos
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ODBRIP
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kayakguy
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of garyloveman
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mickyge
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Oysterhaven
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fitzy01
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of newcastlemike
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewme
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked-up a four-pack at Blanchard's in Marshfield for about twelve dollars. Just ok, not a big fan. Very malty & biscuity, not particularly bitter. Drinkable, but would not buy again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The color is copper with the lightest of hazes. Very good and lasting head. Excellent three dimensional streaks of lace.

Earthy and a little sour, I do not pick up on any typical caramel aromas.

A but watery but the carbonation is low. The flavor has a strong hop presence but the sour and earthy elements still dominate. I do detect a little darker toast in the aftertaste

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Surfman's Check from Devil's Purse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 65 ratings