Saranac ESB
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Ranked #308
Ranked #45,970
3.34 | pDev: 14.97%
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
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Reviews by sprackops:
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3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish medium amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Floral, barely recognizable fuggles(?) aroma and little else.

Taste: Slightly fruity with caramel notes. There is a somewhat unpleasant, bracing character similar to that found in highly tannic red wine. Minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Drinkability/comments: Overall, this has most of the typical attributes one comes to expect from the brewery. Unfortunately, all that sets it apart are the negatives. There are much better ESBs out there.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear dark copper color with little head that faded immediately to a ring of foam. decent lacing. the aroma is that of grassy, musty, earthy smell. a little bit of hops as well. not a lot of malt. the taste is kind of ruined by the high carbonation which really bites your tongue. really earthy, citrusy hop flavor. some grains. finishs with a noticeable hop taste. medium to light bodied. i would drink this again if given to me, but i would definately not buy this one again. to me its not even a real ESB. an ESB is supposed to get the bitterness from the malts, not the hops. this one is the other way around and is not very true to the style at all. but still somewhat of a drinkable beer.

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Saranac ESB from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 138 ratings