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.

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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+.

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