English Style Special Ale | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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English Style Special AleEnglish Style Special Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
sandcreekbrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A robust traditional English ale with a fine roasty-toasty flavor, handcrafted from select roasted barleys that impart its red-brown hue.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured wth a quarter finger high light beige head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate flavors of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of nutty malts along with hints of toasted malts. The nuttiness lingers into the finish, which also has some bits of earthiness. Light amounts of bitterness are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of malty aromas and flavors but has a good balance with the underlying hops because it doesn't taste sweet or overly heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Giggy
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.99/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of smithj4
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lundste
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shippy
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Stack5
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bsp77
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Almost as bad as their Pale Ale. Odd cherry and butter aroma and taste. Not even sure what style was being attempted here. Does not have the mouthfeel of anything properly English.

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Photo of Mwt
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbean3
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jSehnert
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour. Not much on the nose but bread and malt. Sweet slight back end bitterness to a nice finish. Not a brown ale in my opinion, but would say amber and hence my low rating for look. Nice mouthfeel creamy carbonation. Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pugi13
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BabaBeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Burkbom23
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopflyer
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No visible bottle date

Poured dark copper and amber color with ample head. Lively carbonation. Head retains well with tight bubbles

Aroma is dark fruit, prune and fig.

Taste carries some dark prune flavors along with some subliminal toffee and caramel. A little sweet but includes a burnt sugar quality. Molasses. i get more ripe dark fruit sweetness than anything else. Faint hop bitterness but does not throw the sweetness off.

medium to light body and medium carb

Not a style I gravitate to but this is pretty good. Light bodied with decent sweetness without some of the cinnamon and spice. Underrated I think.

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Photo of OB1
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGCoon
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a 5 oz sample glass
came from a craft beer of the month club type deal
pours amber/brown/orange with a moderate offwhite head that faded fast
smells very boozy malty fruity and some caramel notes
taste much the same as the nose boozy caramel malty and slight fruit or sweet with a some what bitter finish
feel viscous and warming
of note this beer smelled and tasted quite a bit more boozy than the abv would indicate
overall ok not great

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Photo of batt6343
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy amber under a 1” cream colored foam collar that quicky fades leaving splotchy lace.
S: Not a big nose – some graham cracker, nuits, grain spice.
T: Light fruit, traces of cola, treacle, grain, nuts, biscuit.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: there is no bottle date so I can’t tell how old it is but itt tastes a little oxidized.

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English Style Special Ale from Sand Creek Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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