Thursday, July 24, 2008
This UK ESB ranks way up there as one of the classics of the style. It is an amber/ruby color with a creamy substantial head. The aroma has a distinct caramel maltiness with a nice fruity (berry) tone. These aromas carry over into the flavor. Definitely malt driven with a fruity ester. Underlying hop bitterness finishes it off dry yet mild. ESBs are a style that we just can not seem to get right here in the NW, probably because we usually over hop them.