As I’ve mentioned before, I worked on a project where I compiled all of the data of styles and breweries that I’ve reviewed so far. What I found was something that I knew already. I tend to stay in my comfort zone and I favor American breweries and my favorite styles. So, what I’ve decided to do is start doing weekly themes for reviews. So, for this week, I’ll be reviewing some British beers, which I really haven’t had a lot of. The first one up is this bad boy…
Style: Extra Special/Strong Bitter
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “ESB’s reputation as the best British beer around is borne out by the amazing number of awards it has won. The US Beverage Tasting Institute named ESB ‘World Champion Bitter’ in 1997 and 1998. ESB received the Gold Medal in the Premium Ales category at the 2003 International Beer Competition and a Silver medal in the same event in 2004. In addition, ESB won another Silver in the Strong Bitter category at the 2002 Great British Beer Festival. And no beer has won more CAMRA awards, including Best Strong Ale in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987 and 1991, and Champion Beer of Britain in 1978, 1981 and 1985.”
Random: I haven’t watched much Ru Paul’s Drag Race until tonight, which is unfortunate, because this season it’s hilarious.
First of all, I really loved the bottle that this brew came in. It was definitely a bit different than I was used to. The beer itself poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, burnt orange color with mild, visible carbonation. The nose started with a bit of biscuit and toffee and some grassy hops. The taste started for me with a bit of a mineral flavor, but then went into some toffee and fruity hops. After a few sips, I also got a bit of toasted grain, which as I drank it became the dominant flavor. This was a very crisp beer and very clean. The booze was not a factor and the body was medium with moderate carbonation. The finish lingered with the mineral flavor and the toasted grains. This brew was amazing to me. The flavors were on point and really clean, which made this a really amazing brew. I really didn’t think that this beer would knock my socks off, and I was definitely surprised. Without question, I’ll be having this one again.
Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0