Bath Ales Ltd

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Bath Ales Ltd
England, United Kingdom
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #54
Ranked #21,832
3.77 | pDev: 13%
Dec 18, 2022
Jun 25, 2003
Very Good
Notes: It's 4.1% in cask and 4.8% in bottle
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Ratings by renatopi:
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Rated by renatopi from Serbia

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Sep 15, 2014
More User Ratings:
Rated: 2.39 by stephenlee93 from England

Dec 18, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I tried a pint of this beer off the cask'er at the King's Head pub in Shrewsbury. It poured a clear amber with cask white head that left a fine lace. The scent had subtle bitter hop notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with sweet malt base and the typical english bitterness through the drink. The mouthfeel was medium in body but with cask condition "carbonation". Overall it was a good beer.
Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 4.47 by bad_poetry from England

Aug 14, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio

Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by Stengelfoot from California

Jan 12, 2020
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Reviewed by James94 from England

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L: Reddish amber colour, thick lacing, one-finger head
S: Fairly generic, slight skunkiness, vague citrus
T: Orange, vanilla, light malts
F: Not overwhelming, smooth, drinkable

O: 3.75
Dec 22, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by alesinwales from Wales

Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
While I'm hardly an expert in this style (only my 16th rating), it makes me think I've been missing something.

Gem's Looks are driven by its medium chestnut and, in the sun, is brilliant. Decent lace, to boot. Smells are almost entirely malt wanting to become the juice of a hard fruit; call it apple. Tastes are perfectly balanced, just enough tang to tell me this is beer and not cider. Very sessionable and sits nicely in my mouth; waiting for the next bite of a snack.

Impressed by Bath Ales adherence to the CAMRA 'code" (as I call it... although it is looser than that), I went on Bath's website and was impressed that they have grown steadily since 1995 and have four pubs, a restaurant at the famous train station and a new brewery. They also were acquired 3 years ago by St. Austell... another purveyor of the English brewing tradition. Good luck.
May 21, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
L- Dark Chestnut, 1cm white head reducing to lacing.
S- Toasty malts, pretty subtle
T- Toast. Dry toasted grains, some balance of malt comes later.
M- The toastiness is quite pungent, the overall mouthfeel is quite mild for 4.8%
O- The smokey/toasty nature might be just a bit too dominant for me. Interesting to try but I don't think I could get stuck into several of these in a night.
Aug 21, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Jun 03, 2018
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2018. Purchased recently from Waitrose. Bath ales describe this as their premium amber ale - brewed with Marris Otter and Goldings.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep coppery-brownish hue with good clarity and plentiful carbonation. Yields a decent head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or so before subsiding and virtually disappearing.

S: Aroma of caramel malt, ale yeast esters, subtle grain, mild barley sugar and delicate leafy hops. Decent but quite subdued.

T: Tastes of caramel malt with notes of ale yeast, mild barley sugar, leafy hops and faint grain. Traditional in character and nicely balanced. An understated bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Aftertaste of caramel malt, leafy bitterness and ale yeast.

O: Decidedly traditional but pretty good. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are a well-judged blend of caramel malt, leafy hops and yeast. Nice body. What it lacks in charisma it makes up for with above-average balance and depth of flavour. Goes down easily and is probably even better on cask. Worth sampling if you have the chance.
Apr 25, 2017
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
The colour is amber with a tint of brown, the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white and airy; it sinks down to an uneven lid leaving very little lacing.

The smell is malty with dry notes of rye bread, dried apples and a touch of oak wood. Floral hops in the background.

The taste is smooth with some toffee/butterscotch, rustic farmhouse bread and dried flowers. Light floral/spicy bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got quite a lot of raw alcohol, some sweet caramel, nutmeg, thyme and apricots. The finish got less alcohol, and a growing flavour of dough.

The carbonation is mild to medium, the few bubbles are mid-sized and long-lived. The liquid is smooth.

Quite an average bitter/amber ale with odd notes of alcohol and dough.
Apr 03, 2017
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle from Whole Foods, Giffnock (£1.79):
Nice stuff but probably not quite as good as Bath's Wild Hare that I tried last. Obviously a little darker & the sweetness seemed more pronounced at times with a nice combination of darker malts, toasted flavours & some sugars that complimented the caramel & toffee flavours nicely. Nothing seemed overdone & a good balance was maintained throughout, making this one another decent session offering but I'm probably go back to other beers before having this one again; still it's definitely a nice beer & well worth trying.
Feb 13, 2017
Rated: 3 by RHF711 from Canada (ON)

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 3.35 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by fr0wn3r from Serbia

Sep 18, 2016
Rated: 3.35 by Euroglot from Belgium

May 27, 2016
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Reviewed by vinicole from England

3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle. Light amber colour. Very little head. Gently rising effervescence.
Sweet honey and malt aroma. Hops present.
Lion Bar - toffee, nut and biscuit flavour.
Moderate feel and body.
Traditional malty English Pale Ale...and Bitter when drawn from the cask.
Apr 22, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by Martine from England

Mar 24, 2016
Rated: 3.76 by rulisekmartin from Czech Republic

Mar 16, 2016
Rated: 3.91 by Foley67 from Scotland

Jan 30, 2016
Rated: 3.62 by randomNBGD from Serbia

Jan 13, 2016
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Reviewed by DypsoBubble from England

3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Colour of black tea with a moderate head which persists after pouring. Aroma is of malt but little hops.

Tastes very malty with some fruity esters and a back bitter hop. Up front hops, hard to detect. Quite a nice mouth feel for a low alcohol session beer. Pretty bog-standard British fare and not at all exciting. Tastes of mass produced bitter back in the 1970s which helped introduce lagers to the British palate.
Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 3.48 by Spike from England

Nov 28, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by JavierGC from Spain

Oct 14, 2015
Rated: 3.54 by risenz from England

Aug 26, 2015
Rated: 3.44 by Tdenham from England

Aug 21, 2015
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Reviewed by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into english pint.
Pours clear copper beer with half-finger beige head. Smell - bready, malty, toasted.
Taste - biscuity malts, grainy, smooth and ok.
Jun 19, 2015
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Reviewed by interzen from England

2.57/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Look: Dark amber with a fairly creamy, off-white head to about a fingers-width. Retention not brilliant and recedes to a foam ring and some surface coating.

Smell: Predominantly malty - there are some dark fruit aromas in there but you've got to try really hard to pick them out, even after allowing the beer to 'breathe' for a bit.

Taste: Again, dark fruits with a hint of malt and caramel. In terms of taste, it comes a live a bit more than the smell might suggest but it's still on the wrong side of 'uninteresting'.

Feel: Easy drinking and pretty undemanding with it. Lack of carbonation isn't a big thing as there's nothing here that would benefit from it.

Overall: Again, pretty forgettable - as a traditional English bitter it just about passes muster but as an amber ale it's a bit of a fail. Not much to get excited about, sadly. Clearly it has its fans, but I'm not one of them.
May 27, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by KeyWestGator from Florida

Apr 05, 2015
Rated: 3.92 by stephenlee from England

Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by jtosch from Oregon

Nov 21, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 4.8 by Stevensal

Oct 31, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by BreweryRun from California

Oct 02, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by gnikola from Serbia

Sep 19, 2014
Rated: 3.89 by Sam-VW from England

Sep 16, 2014
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