Free State Kings Cross ESB

Free State Kings Cross ESB

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Brewed by Free State Brewing Company

Lawrence, KS, United States

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

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50 International Bittering Units

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E.S.B. stands for Extra Special Bitter. This is the strongest of the English Bitters. Our E.S.B. is brewed to about the strength of our Stout with a deep amber color. We used Pale Ale Malt, Crystal Malts and Biscuit malt to give this beer a firm malt foundation. The Hop level is towards the high end, nearly equaling that of the Copperhead. We have chosen to used English hops exclusively for this beer. UK Challenger hops are used for bittering and UK Fuggle hops for dry hopping. Original Gravity 15.0 degrees Plato -- IBU's 50

ID: 14647 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank908
Overall Percentile98.3
Style Rank3 of 735
Style Percentile99.6
Lowest Score4.0
Highest Score4.5
Average Score4.160
Weighted Score3.725
Standard Deviation0.207

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  • DREAMINGTREE 23 reviews
    rated 4.1 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    I was a little worried w/ it being a ESB and all. Not much matches my bitter quotient but this one is totally different. I solute you're bitterness. It is a little flowery, but it has to be the hops. I'm okay w/ that. The poor is dark.

  • DREWSESLU 826 reviews
    rated 4.0 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    From draws of Dansting's kegerator, as well. What a fine brew. Poured golden red with nice cap of eggshell head. Clean, crisp bitterness, subtle hop flavor behind slightly biscuity and nutty malt body. Well carbonated and smooth, very nice.

  • TIMMYK77 404 reviews
    rated 4.2 18 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Have had several of these from Dansting's kegarator. Nice amber color with a thick white head. Wonderful bitter taste, yet nicely balanced. Nice to know someone with a keg of this in their home!

  • CADDYLAC 298 reviews
    rated 4.0 18 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured from Dansting's brand new Kegorator. Nice white head and an very nice clear amber beer. Nice hop flavor and a biting bitter ending. Once again Free State does not disappoint.

  • DANSTING 528 reviews
    rated 4.5 19 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    At the brewery...Solid E.S.B. Compares favorably to Fuller’s. Hoppy like Free State’s normal Pale Ale, yet lighter with more flavor. Nice crisp bitter finish.

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