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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)

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: 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

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12. oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brown oak hue with a one-finger light tan head. Nice lacing left as I drink.

Smell: Pretty balanced smell of sweet malts and hops, but that's about it.

Taste: Also very balanced, an equally strong taste of dark malts and flowery hops, with a slight metallic tinge at the back, and a light bitterness that certainly isn't cloying. Alcohol is hidden well here.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied and creamy, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very good ale that I'd undoubtedly have again. Dark and robust in flavor, it's definitely a beer that I'll continue to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber beer with a lasting head, good lacing, and the same excellent clarity I experienced in all of the brewery's tap offerings. The aroma is full-on toasted caramel malt, mildly sweet and biscuity, with faint herbal hop undertones.

The flavor begins quite malty, with lots of toasted bread and sweet caramel, but finishes with a surprising dose of bitterness. Hops are mostly of the grassy, herbal variety, and are very much in a traditional English style to my palette. This beer has a particularly long and lingering aftertaste with strong bitterness and herbal flavors hanging around for some time. Carbonation and body and both moderate; making this an easy one to drink; although it's a bit higher on the abv scale than its counterparts. Booze is not noticed in the nose or taste.

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Extra Special Ale (ESA) from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 637 ratings
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