Extra Special Ale (ESA) | Yards Brewing Co.

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Extra Special Ale (ESA)Extra Special Ale (ESA)
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Extra Special Ale (ESA)Extra Special Ale (ESA)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our first ever and most beloved brew, ESA helped establish a following for cask-conditioned beer in the United States back in the ‘90s. East Kent Golding hops give this English style ale a subtle spiciness, which compliments its strong malt backbone. Hints of chocolate and caramel round out this deep chestnut colored ale. Floral, earthy, smooth.

Added by stirgy on 12-01-2001

BEER STATS
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#28,249
Reviews:
271
Ratings:
643
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Heavy two finger head that steadily dissipates. Very clear.

Smell- Caramel, roasted malt, with an extra layer of molasses like sweetness. Some grains in there as well.

Taste- A toasted cracker taste is evident of a roasy malt which lingers on to a quite nutty flavor, still carrying on the toasted flavor. Sweet caramel mixes in with very faint chocolate notes, yet still has a slight medicinal taste. Hop bitterness is well present on the back end, but also never loses that sweet taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with lively carbonation.

Overall- An interesting style not common which makes this beer stand out. Very complex. It has characteristics of a brown ale, a pale ale, and a porter all in one which is very interesting. Worth a try for sure.

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2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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3.71/5  rDev 0%
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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Photo of JPowell712
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It was a nice beer, but for me nothing special. It had a nice brown pour almost like an iced tea color. The aroma was almost sweet but not very strong. The taste was good. It was spicy and malty and had a nice alcoholic kick to it. This is a brewery in my hometown of Philadelphia so I can get these relatively cheap but very fresh. This beer is a nice offering, just my my favorite from them.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 643 ratings