Saranac ESB

Saranac ESB

Rated 3.374 by BeerPals
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Brewed by F. X. Matt Brewing Company

Utica, NY, United States

Style:  Extra Special Bitter

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Has a rich malty taste balanced by the pleasant bitterness of Willamette hops. The finish is dry with a hint of floral English Fuggle and Spicy Saaz hops

ID: 11966 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank6489
Overall Percentile86.3
Style Rank74 of 708
Style Percentile89.5
Lowest Score2.9
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.467
Weighted Score3.374
Standard Deviation0.403

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  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 2.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    SAR ESB S5L4F3T5O10: Smells strong at first but when I pour it into the glass it goes to a mild sweeter olfactory. Looks like a lighter root beer or iced tea. Tolerable sparkling bitterness on the palate. Almost mild yet strong enough to let you know its beer. Decent esb, bitter linger but not over the top. Almost seems mildly chocolaty at times.

  • BIGRED00 326 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance: The head builds up tall, thick and foamy. It is light tan in color and has good retention. As it slowly fades down to thin covering, which lasts until the end, it makes some slick spotty lacing on the glass. Under the head is a nice amber colored liquid with very good clarity. Smell: The aroma has a simple sweet floral hop bouquet. Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a mildly sweet malty body with nice floral and citrus hops that produce a soft mellow bitterness that balances the malt flavor well. The texture has a soft easy drinking feel with good carbonation and a medium body. Notes: It had an enjoyable flavor and an easy drinking body. Overall solid.

  • CANANDAIGUA75 763 reviews
    rated 2.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    I liked the malty aroma and the appearance was quite nice-a dark brown coloring with a thick, white head. However, as with several Saranac products, the taste was lacking-just a hint of caramel coming through and a tinge on the bitter side.

  • FOAMDOME 505 reviews
    rated 3.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    12 oz bottle, from a mixed 12 pack. Brownish gold color with decent head and lace. No where near Fuller's in aroma, taste, mouthfeel, or aftertaste.

  • HEEMER77 1009 reviews
    rated 3.6 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Large white head and lots of carbonation. Has a lighter copper coloring. Aroma is malty with grass and some fresh tobacco. A full mouthfeel compliments this. The taste is subtle caramel with some earthy mushrooms. A very well done beer in the style. Underrated.

  • STALEYIV 1405 reviews
    rated 3.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    The aroma is bitter as well as malty with hints of spice and slight grapefruit. The appearance is a light-brown to bronze, possibly orange with a nice, off-white head that quickly diminishes to lacing and sticks to the glass. The mouthfeel is crisp and light-bodied with nice amounts of hops present and balanced with malt well. The flavor is bitter-like and crisp and clean as well as refreshing with a nice bitter finish that is wet on the pallet. Overall, not a bad ESB nut I have had better and this one could utilize the hops more to have more bitter but it still is a good beer. Thanks for another great beer nstallmaster.

  • SUDSMANPA 346 reviews
    rated 3.4 16 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I've become a fan of Saranac's products lately, but I must say that this is not one of my favorites. Pours with a dark amber color, some degree of white head, and not much of a nose. See, I'm so proud of myself, I didn't start my review with "pours with". I digress. Flavor is of a bitter hoppiness, some maltiness is present, but mostly I noticed the bite. Mouthfeel is even, not too heavy, not too light. Unfortunately, the flavor of the bottle I had showed signs of skunk - but without the skunk it would be an O.K. brew - not their best, but O.K..

  • NSTALLMASTER 433 reviews
    rated 4.0 16 years ago

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

    Pours a dark amber/copper color, with great head retention and good carbonation. Aroma is nice and hoppy, but with a decent malt balance. Mouthfeel is pretty full and solid. Flavor is not bad...Flavor begins with a good, bitter bite, body is decidedly bitter, with a clean, piney bitter finish. Very good for the hop-lovers (like me).

  • UPSTATEDAVE 853 reviews
    rated 3.9 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured a nice copper amber with decent head and lacing Rich malty aroma. The taste is satisfyingly bitter. A liighter body than the pale ale make this very drinkable. I look forward to this one in the 12 beers of Xmas every year. I wish they would sell it year round

  • COTTRELL 588 reviews
    rated 3.9 16 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured a dark amber with 2 fingers of head. Aroma is bready, earthy, and slightly piney. Flavors start off with a biscuit like flavor, then turn wonderfully bitter and earthy. I really like the combination of hops in this one, a fine effort from Saranac.

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