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Turk's Head ESB
- Alameda Brewhouse
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Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
48 ibu. Available on draft.
(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 03-17-2004)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 2
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance The head on this ESB came up nicely off the tap. It was a cool-looking tan, showed a lot of good retention, and sat on top of the brown, nicely carbonated liquid.
Smell The dark, almost burnt aroma opened up immediately. This is like toast thats borderline burnt. The bitter character came out cleanly as well.
Taste The big, burnt, malty, bready, toasty flavors fell in line with the nose.
Mouthfeel This medium-bodied ale is dry, dry, dry. Plan on going through a pint of water for every pint of this beer.
Drinkability This ESB was rather heavy-handed, which I enjoyed. Theres not a lot of subtlety to this one, so make sure you want a stiff slap in the face before ordering a round of Turks Head.
Comments I think skyhand took a big sip out of my glass when I got up to use the restroom. Regardless, it was great sharing this fine brew with a fellow BA.
Serving type: on-tap
09-27-2004 16:58:55 |
More by RoyalT
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Turks Head starts with a dense frothy head of light honey-brown suds. The beer is caramel brown, slightly clouded with a head that soon dissipates leaving no lace left on the glass. The aroma is very modest, at first hoppy, but this too faded until the fragrance was imperceptible. The taste emphasizes an edgy hop bitterness that gets particularly biting towards the end before finally turning downright sour in the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly gritty.
At 4.1% ABV Turks Head sits in the common range of a special bitter but is lower than a typical ESB. Conversely, the 48 IBU is too strong for a special bitter and is more consistent with classic ESB dimensions. I have no problem with fudging these technical boundaries though a smoother body and crisper finish would spark greater inspiration for this otherwise decent session beer.
Serving type: on-tap
03-17-2004 06:22:38 |
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