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Hollister Brewing Co.
Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
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(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 03-30-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 2
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Bitter, sharp, lightweight beer.
Nice amber color in the pint glass. Seemingly fragrance free. Decent but modest head, slight lacing. Thin and harsh. Flavors are really terse, no-nonsense. No body to speak of, but without the refreshing watery taste of many lighter beers. If this is an English bitter it's been blown up like a big ugly stucco McMansion. Kind of a dead end, flavor-wise.
Tasted at Toronado on 30th Street in San Diego since I hadn't tried the brewery before.
Serving type: on-tap
05-01-2011 05:30:43 |
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Served in a 16oz. nonic.
Appearance: Crystal clear, golden body with a creamy, sticky, white crown. Head shows decent retention and drags cobweb-like lace. Not quite as dark as I expected, but otherwise looks pretty damn good.
Smell: Cracker, lemon zest, and moist vegetation kick things off. Buttered toast and grass eventually emerge, and the overall aroma gets quite a bit sweeter as the beer warms. Smooth and mild overall.
Taste: The malt character isn't nearly as pronounced as it should be. Lemon and grass are the two most prominent flavors, and they combine for a rather sharp taste. Earthy bitterness also plays a large role, and leads to a lingering aftertaste. Faint graininess, sugar, and bread crust barely shine through. This drinks far more like a west coast pale ale than an ESB.
Mouthfeel: Light in body with fine carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. Far from clean and certainly more hop-forward than malt-forward. Far from ESB-like.
Drinkability: This isn't a bad beer, but it definitely misses the mark style-wise. That said, it isn't a good beer either. Whatever, it worked.
Serving type: on-tap
03-30-2011 19:29:30 |
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