Ravens Brewing – Fresh Hopped ESB

Ravens Brewing Fresh Hopped ESB


3.75 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
3.75 out of 5
3.25 out of 5


3.8 out of 5


  • Brewery: Ravens Brewing Company
  • Beer Style: Extra Special Bitter, Fresh Hop
  • Pros:

    Fresh hop aromas are prominent and complimented well by a good malt profile

  • Cons:

    Hop heads may bemoan the subtlety of the hop flavour

  • Conclusion:

    An accessible interpretation of the fresh hopped style that presents subtle fresh hopped notes with a solid malt base

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The second iteration of Ravens Brewing’s Fresh Hopped ESB is out and builds on the success from last year.  The ESB pours from the bomber bottle a clear amber colour with three fingers of tan head that lingers leaving plenty of lacing on the glass.  Floral aromas accompany notes of citrus and some herbal hop tones.  The aromas of the fresh centennial hops are quite prominent and are backed up by toasty and bready malt tones.  In the mouth the flavour is of toasted malts and caramel that meld with notes of herb and citrus.  As with last year, this is a unique beer in the fresh hopped space that offers a more subtle presentation of the fresh hop.

Alcohol – 5.75%
IBU – 30
Hops – Fresh Centennial
Malts – Pale, UK Amber, Crystal 75
Size – 650mL

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  1. Raymond Zhanglin (@RaymondZhanglin)
    Raymond Zhanglin (@RaymondZhanglin) 19 October, 2016, 00:23

    Very accurate review. Enjoying it as I type this and it’s growing on me, but as a Hop lover, I would like to see more IBU’s. Very nice beer overall 4/5.

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  2. Mike
    Mike 23 October, 2016, 22:53

    I lost my notes on this beer but I do remember getting lots

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    • Jeremy Nemanishen
      Jeremy Nemanishen Author 24 October, 2016, 10:10

      Very uncommon for a fresh hopped beer and that can mean it’s polarizing in some respects but I believe they’ve hit on something by going down the path less traveled.

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