ESB Special Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
skabrewing.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 10-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
402
Reviews:
184
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.85%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
33
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of bks71
3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It's fine, but more IPA than ESB IMHO.

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Photo of EdwardIV84
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not their best beer. But worth a try. Pretty bitter.

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Photo of akolb
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMullet
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with medium head.
Smell is sweet malt and some fruit.
Taste is caramel /toffee up front followed quickly by earthy malt moderate bitterness.
Tastes better than is smells. Very nice ESB.

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Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp and dry with some butter, malty biscuity notes. Notes of honey interwoven with some hints of clover.
Deep rich copper color with a nice head and plenty of lace. Rich malty beer.
Light bodied and highly effervescent.

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Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Determined_021
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JustinPStewart
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish brown with a tight head.

Caramel, toffee, and slight earthy hop aroma.

Biscuits, caramelly malt sweetness, earthy/mild spice hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, low carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost light brown appearance, some dark auburn/amber and whatnot up in there. Caramel forward, minor earthy hop aroma.

Taste hit the bitter and hop notes appropriate to style, a little malty and woody, minor citrus flavors. Good golf beer, especially now that it is in a can. Solid 2nd tier esb stuff.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Docksidebars
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ehmdubya
4.99/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chimneysweep
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of firkingroovin
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can ("BBY 10/07/15") poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass. Clear, pale orange-amber with a modest head of off white foam; no lace. Nice aroma of slightly toasty malt, grains, and earthy hops. Similar flavors follow with some malty sweetness (honey and caramel) and fruity ale yeast. Medium body, slight oiliness and soft carbonation. Mellow, relatively malty and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sporklift87
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lucky_rodent
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Metalsnota
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of V1per41
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dankabier1
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mflamar
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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