Extra Special Bitter | Moylan's Brewery

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Extra Special BitterExtra Special Bitter

Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Mark on 10-10-2005

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by WesM63:
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours into an imperial nonic a dull orange infused lighter golden with a thin minimal head atop.Big fruity English malts in the nose and quite yeasty as well,not much hop presence at all to be had.Mild bready flavors and alot of fruitiness with some green apple notes standing out,it actually gets quite sweet,again not much hop presence.I see where Moylan's was going with this beer but it's to sweet and fruity even for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrKennedy
2.08/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber courtesy of a Beermasons subscription, poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Listed as 5.0% ABV.

A gusher, pouring with a large 4 finger head of small-bubbled, off-white foam. Has a light-copper/golden colour which is lighter than expected.

Smell initially is of green apples and pear, i was thinking it was underfermented with the gushing and these aromas. Later on there is a little bit of malt, but not overly nice smelling, along with some orange zest.

Taste is slightly citric acidy, mixed with some malt, but not enough.

Mouthfeel is slightly acidic and finishes a touch cloying, a very odd mix.

Can't think of an area where this beer goes better than average, am thinking it is underfermented. Maybe this was a bad bottle, quite possibly as most of the Moylan's stuff i've come across is decent or better. Given this, however, i won't be buying another to see whether or not this is the case.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on a nitro tap and I believe my score was 1.98. Now tasting it again 1 year and a week later, from the bottle.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a short lived white head. Decent looking.

Nose is sweet "light chocolate malt" and esters. A bit sweet in the nose but appealing and inviting.

Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, well balanced and nicely carbonated. It is fresh and also inviting.

Flavor profile from the bottle was far superior to my experience from a nitro tap. Flavors are light chocolate toast and malt. Well integrated and almost elegant in nature. Do not hit you over the head but extremely drinkable. Nice bitter back palate.

Finish is a nice bitter toast. I enjoyed this relatively light beer with an elegant and inviting toasty ESB character. Could be a bit more assertive for me but the nose, mouthfeel, flavors and finish are all around nice, appealing and drinkable.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium copper in color with a big creamy white head, about a finger and a half.

Slightly bitter, with more sweet malts and some touches of citrus fruits.

Fairly sweet and malty, moving to a bit of citrus, followed by a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

Creamy feel, upper-light in body, slightly dry and crisp.

Decent drinkability.

While it's not bad, it's fairly under-whelming and I think I'd like it more if it weren't on nitro...

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of spicelab
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber with thanks to Beermasons.

Orange amber with the barest haze. Light and fluffy two-finger head departs rapidly without leaving a trace.

Nose is moderately sweet and almost cidery, with apple and a sweaty aroma which is decidedly like urine. Blegh. Somewhat saved by some candied orange and some light caramel malt character.

More insipid cidery piss blended with citrus pith. The latter leads it toward a bizarre tart, chalky, and metallic finish.

Did not gel with me at all. Not that experienced with the style, but this does not belong in the same breath as ESBs like Fullers or Hargreaves Hill.

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Photo of carln26
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub in Novato, CA. It’s served as a nitro tap. It poured bright copper very clear with a light off white head. There wasn’t much in the nose, possibly because it was served just a touch cold. Light caramel and toffee with a little orange. Maybe a little bit of date. Flavor is rich caramel and toffee, light bitterness carries throughout in the form of a tangy orange. Light and slightly slick mouth feel. Excellent ESB. Not enough brewers deliver on this style. This would be an excellent session beer.

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Photo of danwho
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of megahurts4
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moylan's Special Bitter
On nitro at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: honey, medium head, and a lot of lacing.

Smell: fruity and hops.

Taste: barley, hops, and faint citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: light and silky smooth.

Its very light, but the flavors a good and well balanced. It is watery in feel, but not taste.

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Photo of Kromes
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy gold color with a finger's width white head.

S: Herbal hop, toasted malt, a slight citrus fruit aroma.

T: A nice mix of toasted malt and herbal hop. There's a slight citrus fruitiness in the finish along with a faint mellow smoke flavor.

M: Light in body with a good level of carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable.

O: Overall a solid ESB. Good flavors and goes down easy.

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Photo of Mark
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this offering at the Moylans pub. Poured a medium amber with a white head that lasted pretty long. lacing was in clumps and scattered about the glass. Nice aroma of malt with some slight hopping, kind of reminded me a bit of some offerings I've had in the U.K. Nice malt based tase profile with some long lingering hop finish. Not quite as smooth as most U.K. ESB's but very nice. Mouthfeel is just right and it's nice and drinkable. I had two. Went well with my salami pizza, which was excellent as well by the way. Go Moylan's.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Serving: On tap (nitro) at the Hay Merchant, in an imperial pint glass (20 oz).

Appearance: Clear, copper amber with dense white nitro head. Good intricate lacing.

Smell: Light toasted malt, caramel and sweet dried fruit.

Taste: Mellow toasted malt, caramel sweetness, light citrus, bitterness and earthy minerality.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light body, but smooth, creamy feel.

Overall: Very drinkable - went well with a steak and sweet potato mash while at The Hay Merchant.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light copper color with a creamy white head . Good clarity and laces the glass expertly. Smells lightly malty, butterscotch and toffee. In the flavor, more buttery toffee, old timely bitters, not a ton of hops, in fact they are almost absent. Malt, toast, and a flat finish. Watery. Overall, the smooth creamy feel and appearance aren't enough here, weak.

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Photo of avaldivia
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of scottfrie
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Pint. Reviewed from notes.

A: Light amber colored liquid with a finger of dense cream colored foam on top. Great film retention; rings of thick lace.
S: Light straw nose, peaches, cracked grains and apricot come through on the nose.
T: Sweet and clean taste. More caramel than the nose suggested but there’s still a dominating cracked grain taste. Malt and light with hints of hoppy fruits and pineapple. Clean crackery malt.
M: Medium-light body, light and smooth carbonation, with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Lightly drying.
O: A very nice drinking beer that one could indulge in for hours.

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Photo of BeerHunter76
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of ShakaShakaShaka
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro tap for the 2nd Anniversary event at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a dense foamy off-white head that lasts. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus, and some perfume-like hop aromas. Taste is of malt, earthy hops, and some herbal flavors. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average ESB with a better smell than taste.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev -12%

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