Beer 312/365 – Southern Tier Harvest Ale

Southern Tier Harvest

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter

ABV: 6.4%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman Ohio

What makes this beer different: Hoppy for an ESB

Will I be drinking this again: Probably! Very unique for the style.

Grade: A-

9/16/2010: Thus far all the Southern Tier beer’s I have had have either been excellent, or fall way short. I love their whole Sweetwater Stout series, but a lot of their beer than comes in 12oz bottles are just ‘meh.’ Taking a shot on this one since the price point was right ($1.49).

Harvest Ale is probably the strongest hop scented nose I have ever come across for an ESB. Mostly citrusy hop notes. Great transition in the flavor from sweet caramely malt, into a good punch of bitter from the hops. Most ESBs have that weird “falloff” wants it hits the back of your tongue, but not Harvest Ale, very well done. Mouthfeel is a bit full for the style, but the over average amount of carbonation makes up for this.

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Beer 287/365 – Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

Left Hand Sawtooth Ale

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

ABV: 5.3%

Purchased at: Firewaters – Atlantic City NJ

What makes this beer different: Had this weird barleywine type kick to it.

Will I be drinking this again: No

Grade: B-

8/22/2010: Today was my buddies bachelor party in Atlantic City. We showed up to firewater’s bar a little later than everyone around 1pm. Pretty cool little place with 50 taps, but the prices were not to friendly. I guess that is to be expected in a tourist town.

The nose on Saw Tooth is very mild, some caramel graininess. Really strong flavors for an ESB, biscuit, caramel, grainy, and a big bitter earthiness to it. This is by far the most bitter of any ESB I have ever tried, too bitter in my opinion. Average mouthfeel and carbonation. I will admit this isn’t my favorite style in the first place, but this beer was below average as well.

Picture of the day: Facebook status of the week. Punctuation is key.

Beer 237/365 – Three Floyd’s Lord Admiral Nelson

three floyds lord admiral nelson

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: From the Three Floyd’s Brewery

What makes this beer different: One of the highest rated ESB’s, I’m just not a huge fan of the style.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, its good for the style, but again I don’t like the style all that much.

Grade: B+

7/3/2010: ESB’s are by no means my favorite style, but I had to get a hold of this bottle because, well it has my last name on it. My buddy nick always calls me “Admiral,” so I had to get this. Apparently Lord Admiral Nelson was a real person. Gotta love Wikipedia.

The smell is mostly earthy hops, but not too intense. The taste is somewhat ashy? With a good bit of sharp bitter hops. Its a short quick punch of hops, not a long drawn out one like you would get with an IPA. Not a lot of malt going on, this is mostly about hops here. To be honest I have not had a ton of beer from this category, but this is what I always envisioned an ESB tasting like. That being said, its not quite my style, but seems to fit “the style” well, which is why it gets a B+.

Picture of the day: These are some pretty nifty chairs.

Beer 115/365 – Fullers ESB

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: Smooth drink, but a bit metallic tasting to me

Will I be drinking this again: Yes because I think this one might have been tainted

Grade: B

3/3/2010: I remember having this beer years ago, and liking it a lot more than I am this time around. I don’t have a whole lot to say about this beer unfortunately.

The smell is a little bit of hops, and little bit of malt. The taste is a bit lacking for me. You can taste some caramel malts, a toasted flavor, and some dry hop. A weird metallic/mineral flavor is coming through. Overall it just seemed a bit watery to me. Am I getting too used to drinking imperials? Maybe… But I just wish this had more flavor.

Picture of the day: This one is good. Accurate movie posters for this years oscar nominees?

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Beer 92/365 – Gritty McDuffs Halloween Ale

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Purchased at: Received in a trade w/Jared from BA

What makes this beer different: Lots of malty brown sugar

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A-

2/08/2010: Yet another beer from the trade I had with Jared. We actually will be trading again here soon. I am sending him a Whiskey Barrel Aged Yeti, and he is sending an Imperial Stout Trooper in return. Apparently LucasArts is suing New England brewing over the name and likeness, super weak. You can read about it here.

This is my first ESB in my journey. The name of the style is misleading because more often than not ESB’s are not bitter at all. The smell is tons of malt and brown sugar. The taste is heavy on toasty caramel malt, with some brown sugar, and I am picking up a bit of cinnamon. A little tiny bit of hop presence, and no pumpkin taste to be found. Mouthfeel is medium with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Funny Picture of the day: Genius explination of why DC never plows their streets. I experienced this first hand over the weekend.

Published in: on February 8, 2010 at 11:37 am  Leave a Comment