Throwback Thursday: Deep River Brewing Co. The Ruck E.S.B

Originally posted November 15th, 2015.

Now I don’t know how the E.S.B. style of beer became beer of rugby players, it just always has been, other than water of course. E.S.B. stands for Extra Special Bitter, and they are essentially more aggressive and more balanced bitters, both in alcohol and in hop character, but nothing overpowering. This is more common in England where I believe the style originated. There are some versions of E.S.B. here in the United States. Deep River Brewing Co. The Ruck E.S.B., 6.5% ABV is one example. Deep River Brewing Co in Clayton N.C. sells The Ruck and uses the sales from it to help the Local Clayton Rugby team The Bootleggers. The Ruck pours a nice litter copper color with a two finger light beige head that leaves behind minimal lacing. The aroma is faintly malty with a slight breaded note. The taste is smooth with a malty breaded flavor with the lights yet faintest sweet note that comes in a goes out in the blink of an eye. The Ruck is quite drinkable and smooth. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice smooth malt bread finish. But the after taste isn’t there, but what is there is a nice flat hop note with a very faint crisp malt note. Overall this beer is a B. I think there are better E.S.B.’s out there but this isn’t a bad one. Yes you should try Deep River Brewing Co. The Ruck E.S.B.! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

Southern Tier Brewing Co. Harvest Special Ale


I am not a big fan of Southern Tier Brewing Co. and I only like a couple of their beers but one of my family members got to sample this Southern Tier Harvest Special Ale, 6.7% ABV at the local grocery store and bought a six-pack home. So I thought I would give it a proper review. Harvest pours an amber color with a one and a half finger off-white head that somewhat slow to dissipate giving off a malty aroma of slight bitter oranger with a hoppy not, to me it has more of an English IPA aroma, that lead you toward a bitter malty flavor of slight orange hoppy notes that give you more of an English IPA taste with a bitter finish and aftertaste of English malts with a slight hop note with a medium mouthfeel. I didn’t find this to be much like a harvest beer and more like a bad English IPA, so it gets a D. Southern Tier Harvest Special Ale did not taste like what it was labeled as and that is what I consider false advertising. I think that it could use more malt to keep some of the hop bitterness down and give it more flavor throughout. Southern Tier Harvest Special Ale isn’t something I’d recommend nor will I be going back to this. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!