Local 5 Ale | Bristol Brewing Company

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Local 5 AleLocal 5 Ale

Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by allforbetterbeer on 10-07-2011

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Namarsha82
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of beergoot
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange in color with a 2-finger+ thick, creamy, white head. Sweet, floral hop aroma melded with soft, malt notes. A very pleasant bitterness immediately greets the tongue with biscuit malt notes balancing things. Beautiful bitter finish with the aftertaste. A most satisfying ESB with a great purpose behind its creation.

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Photo of Scout11
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bomber into a chilled pint glass. great white head on a copper colored beer. smells bready, big malts here. slightly more hoppy in the taste, but this is a brew for the malty guys, german in nature it seems. something a bit off in the taste, cant really put my finger on it, but its like its missing its middle. definitely not my favorite esb, and the mouthfeel doesnt help it much. on the thin side for the style, despite fair carbonation. mediocre for bristol

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber bought at Coaltrain liquor in Colorado Springs. No freshness date on bottle.

Pours with exceptional clarity displayed in the amber-tinged orange body. The head forms three fingers of foam that slowly falls to a fluffy layer on top of the beer and leaves an impressive lattice of lacing on the glass.

My first whiff brings to mind whole grain biscuits. Malts are up first in the nose and they seem to be of the mildy toasted pale and crystal varieties. A little swirl brings up a touch of hoppy fruit but the nose still is predominantly malts and foam.

My first sip yields a surprising pop of bitterness and deep malty complexity. From the nose I expected a nominal hop flavor but instead a little smack wakes up the palate with bitterness and hop resin flavors. For a split second I fear this is going to stray away from ESB territory but such a lush wash of sweet and deep maltiness arrives that the entire flavor remains in balance. This flavor is easy to quaff, sip, or both. Balanced but slightly spunky.

The mouthfeel is possibly over-carbonated for an English style ale but maybe I am being nit-picky as this ins't England and this wasn't poured into my glass from a cask. Otherwise the body is spot on and doesn't display any flaws.

Conclusion: First of all, this beer is dedicated to Colorado Springs Fire Fighters and 100% of the proceeds go to them. Bristol is one of my favorite breweries because they often give back to the community through their tasty products, and this beer is a prime example of their generosity. Second, this is actually a pretty awesome beer. It packs more bitterness than any ESB I have had in recent memory, but the malts are just so nice I have to say that this beer wins my respect. Well done yet again Bristol!

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Local 5 Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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