Test ESB | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pinkysup on 02-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by TMoney2591:
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -5%

Served from the bottle in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Finally getting to the other Tasting Room beer in this 12-pack. It pours a mostly clear brass-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mild wet grass, sweet biscuit, light white bread, and mild greenery. The taste brings in more of the same, the grass, flowers, and greens taking the lead and maintaining their privileged position throughout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a nice enough ESB, a bit on the tame side and nothing to write home about, but I think I'll generally enjoy the other two bottles I've got.

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3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down and left lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty and biscuit malts along with notes of fruity yeast and floral hops.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between an English Brown Ale and an Extra Special Bitter—you get the malts from the brown ale and the subtle hops and yeast from the ESB.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12 Fl. Oz. Bottle
Best By date of 12/18/14 on bottle
Reviewed on October 28th, 2014
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Hazy copper body with a nice orange glow. Short, yet dense creamy white head collapsed and left a decent amount of soapy lacing throughout.

Sweet fruits. Spicy yeast. Floral hops. Overall smelled very sweet.

Light malts upfront. Notes of spiced yeast led to a pretty good hit of bitter floral hops. I wish the malts were as prominent on the taste buds as they were in the nose. Medium-bodied. Moderate-low carbonation.

Solid bitter. Nothing complex. As I mentioned before, I thought this one was a little too hop-heavy but that certainly did not make this a bad beer.

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3.32/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.76/5  rDev +31.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy orange with a one-finger foamy white head. Lots of spotty white lacing.

S - Faint aromas of caramel malts and bready yeast.

T - Follows the aroma with sweet caramel malts upfront followed by some bready yeast. There is a light hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Mediu bodied with medium carbonation. Nice smooth mouthfeel.

O - This was a decent and enjoyable ESB. Nothing mind blowing just a solid brew.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured nice with a big head but it quickly dissipated and left no lace. some rising bubbles were seen through a light brown to auburn colored, perfectly clear beer.

Aroma and taste - malty with caramel malts and bready notes, some biscuit, and a bit more funk and wet dog than you might expect, and this IMO does take away a bit from my ideal ESB. Couldn't help but keep noticing the wet dog.

Body is light to medium with a slightly slick finish.

Overall it's not what I'd consider one of boulevard's better beers, but it's at least drinkable. There are enough excellent examples of this style that I've tried such that I don't think this beer rates much above "average" in any rating scheme.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +25.6%

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Test ESB from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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