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ESB Special Ale | Ska Brewing Co.

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ESB Special AleESB Special Ale

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bitterbill on 10-26-2003

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Photo of homebrew311
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH pint glass. Appears a clear orange with 1 cm of white head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing left behind. The aroma is heavy with earthy hops along with notes of pine and cedar. The taste is somewhat subdued with mild earthy bitterness followed by caramel malts and a bit of sweetness on the finish. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. Overall, there is a decent amount of flavor in this brew but it does not stand out as being particularly tasty.

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Photo of BenSnowden
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of thydarkprevails
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can to a duvel tulip. Pours a clear caramel with an inch thick off white head. Average lacing. Aroma is biscuit, malt, and light citrus. Flavor is bitter up front and moves to a bready malty taste. There's some toffee and caramel there as well. Mouthfeel is thin and slightly sticky. Not a bad esb.

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Photo of fishkab
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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

Poured from their 12oz can...

Appearance - Poured nearly 2 fingers of lite golden eggshell head, color of the beer is a brite translucent copper orange.

Smell - Wheatbread, yeast, pears, apples, lite floral hops.

Taste - Much like the nose, litely baked wheat, semi-sweet pears, touch of crisp apples, nice lightly bitter floral hops, and some lite spices like coriander and white pepper.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, this allows a little bit of the pear sweetness and malts to be appreciated, then almost medium carb cleanses slightly and gives the white fruits some tart crispness and helps to assert the floral hops. Very drinkable.

Overall - The B in this one is definitely for balanced. There are some really nice crisp and refreshing flavors going on here. Looks nice in a glass too, a very good session beer. Get the 12pk can sampler and also enjoy their killer APA, Modus Hoperandi.

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Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of chocosushi
4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue Tulip
A ~ Pours a copper-hued Amber. Crystal clear clarity. Cream colored head with great retention & little globs of baby swiss style lacing.

S ~ A melange Roasted Corn, Yeastbreads, Rain-soaked grains...orange zest & other fruits...very floral & enticing.

T ~ Wow. Soft toffee with Crisp apples...mellow Blood & Bitter Orange notes with touches of berries & toast with jam midpalette. .Hops are light with apricot & mild pepper notes...cooked peaches after some warmth...

M ~ Very very balanced. Medium-light body & very light on the palette. Faint spice. Juicy fruit flavors. Carb is fine, but not abundant. Perfect balance for the style.

D ~ Best American ESB I have ever had, HANDS DOWN. Literally could drink this anytime or any where. Supreme Craftsmanship.
Thanks Gawnphishin!!!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The ESB from SKA is a true English Bitter. The beer pours a orange copper with thin white head that leaves a spotty lace. The smell is english bittering hops. The taste is a light malt trying to balance against a english hops. The mouthfeel is a medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a taste beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of lawlerj
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into SA pint glass.

A. Pours a translucent amber with a nice three finger off white head. Appears to be moderately carbonated.

S. The main thing I get on the nose is buttery and bready malt. There are some hops in the mix as well, but nothing too dominating. The aroma is fairly balanced.

T. More or less follows the nose. Bready malt and a touch of bitter hops throughout.

M. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O. Overall, a solid beer and a nice example of the style. I could throw back a few more of these.

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

Body is a golden color with a red hue. A bubbly head disappears rather quickly, leaving behind substantial lacing.

Smells of pale malt with hints of grassy hops.

Taste follows suit, only with more flavoring hops present. The flavor is really quite pleasant. Simple and well balanced. Becomes sweeter as it warms up, tasting a bit of corn.

Great carbonation level, carries the ale across the tongue exceptionally well.

This is a good beer, definitely enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a darker color than I expected: a dark orange/amber color with a 1 finger head with decent retention and lacing.

S - Not much to report. A sublte malt character but nothing really.

T - The beer has a nice bitterness and citrus hop character. Some nice toasted caramel malt flavors balance the well out fairly well. The beer finishes clean and crisp.

M - Medium bodied with a lof of carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 02-19-2011 02:58:20

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

ESB Special Ale from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 401 ratings
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