Today was a long day. I worked a twelve-hour shift at work and couldn’t sleep the night before. I skipped the gym and came home for a nap. Now, it’s time for a brew while I watch a movie. At least it’s the weekend, so I can have some awesome beers. It also looks like I may be writing about beer in another place for some money. I’ll go into it more once I get more information about it. Needless to say, I’m psyched. So, onto the beer.
Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter
Trivia: ESB is an American term. In Scotland, they call this a pale ale.
Random: I’ve never had an ESB (or not one that I remember), so I’m interested to see if I like this type of beer.
This beer is from session 31 of Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series This beer presents with a one finger, off white head with a brown body with major carbonation going on. 38 IBUs are in this brew, which doesn’t make me think bitter. It has less IBUs than a normal IPA. On the nose, I get some nuttiness and hops, which remind me more of a brown ale. Almost like a more fragrant Newcastle Brown Ale. On the taste, the nuttiness and carbonation taken center stage, supported by an earthiness that is intrinsic in the brew. You could even say that the taste on this is a bit “bready,” bordering on “biscuit.” I would call this a well-balanced brew between maltiness and hops on the taste, but there’s just not much too it. It’s a very simple beer with not a lot of complexity. It’s very sessionable at a little under 6% ABV, but I wish there was more going on. The finish is also quick, with some malt to it. A good beer, but not something that I would rush back to have. I would like to try other beers of the style and see if this is a qualm I have of the style or just of this brew.
Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0