Blue Smoke Blend
Brooklyn Brewery

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English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
3.58 | pDev: 16.2%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 23
Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Blue Smoke Flatiron, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear copper amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts and hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste has flavors of biscuit malts along with some notes of toffee and hints of caramel. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink. It pairs well with BBQ food with the light bite and bitterness from the hops.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Brewery "Blue Smoke"

Although I've had this at Blue Smoke before, I was lucky enough this time to be given the opportunity to pay $12 for it at their J.F.K. outpost while waiting for a flight!

Notes: Distinctly Brooklyn yeast. Clear amber body beneath a short head of bright white. Better than average lacing. Aroma is malty with a hint of golden caramel and a yeasty mineralish component. The flavor delivers the same malt: slightly cracker-like, golden sweet and honeyish with the same flint-like mineral edge. I can't tell if it's a lager a lager... it's not particularly fruity although there is some apple. Mild English noble hop character. Median bitterness balances it. Dry finish. Overall, straight-forward, clean, and well-balanced.

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Citi Field at a Mets-DBacks game from Blue Smoke.
Shows up as a dark ruby brown, nice white head. Nice sweet malty, biscuit flavor. A really nice sweet caramel malt flavor. This is a great beer to pair with spicy tangy bbq. Very smooth to drink, light carbonation. One could drink several of this with a rack of Ribs. Great example of creating a beer to go with a food style.

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Photo of mjaskula
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes. Had this one at CitiField at a Mets - Cubs game.

Served in a plastic cup. Pours golden with a white head that sticks around.

Aroma is faint, with some malt sweetness apparent. Flavor is complex, but not interesting. It is malty, crisp, and biscuity, with some alcohol flavors.

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Photo of Amalak
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Blue Smoke in NYC. I don't know if I would classify it as an ESB. It's actually very sweet...very floral and fruity. Has a strong citrus taste that, quite frankly goes perfect with the ribs and pulled pork at Blue Smoke.

This is an average beer by itself, but I do think that it blends perfectly with the meal served at the restaurant and since this isn't a mass produced brew, that's the point. So I would give it a solid B, though I would not buy a six pack of this.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Citi Field. This is the worst of the 3 Brooklyn beers available at Citi Field. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Watery palate, very carbonated, and bland. Not very flavorful at all, just generic sweet caramel malt. It's drinkable, sure, but certainly not worth the $7.50.

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Photo of CHickman
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Blue Smoke in NYC; poured an amber/copper color with a 1/2 inch tan creamy head, and smelled of sweet malt. Tastes malty and sweet like caramel and malt, with an almost musky / skunky end that has a slight hop and spice flavor in the finish.

Decent beer with an overall malty taste and medium carbonation that went down smooth, but nothing special. This brew is not as good as some of the other Brooklyn Brewery beers created for specific NYC restaurants such as the Brooklyn Brewery's Shackmeister Ale or especially the Brooklyn Brewmaster's Reserve Cuvee de Cardoz (which is excellent).

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from New Beer Distributors into my off-centered DFH tumbler.

Two inches of lumpy, off-white foam atop a perfectly clear honey copper body. Isolated, inkblot lace.

Smell is toasted caramel & doughy malt, & a backend spiced with pepper & fresh herbal hop notes.

Taste is simple cracker-ish sweetness, slightly soured mash, salt, & a bittergreen & chalked finish that doesn't linger.

Carbonation is right where I need it. Body gives a feel of hard water.

Plenty easy. Don't think it's quite strong enough BBQ lubricant though.

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Photo of gregc
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From what i understand, this is only available at Blue Smoke in Manhattan. A blend of two Brooklyn Brewery Beers.

Amber brown colored ale, with a nice lasting head and nice lacing.

Smells is floral, malty, some fruit coming through and some caramel.

Taste is similair nice floral hops, bitter malts very smooth finish. The perfect beer to drink with smoked meats.

Mouthfeel is smooth, very drinkable beer.

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Blue Smoke Blend from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 23 ratings