Review: Beau's Farm Table: E.S.B.

Today I'm checking out one of Beau's newest beers, E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter), an English-style Pale Ale brewed with Goldings hops and fermented with English Ale yeast. I've been meaning to review this for nearly two months now but I'm stubborn as heck and forget to review beers when I should be!

Appearance: Rich reddish caramel body to it, light amount of carbonation in the body and a thick amount of yellowish-beige head to start off but quickly diminishes to just a thin layer, leaving behind a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Rich and malty. Good deal of caramel malt sweetness to start it all off, followed by a moderate bitterness of pine and a bit of nuttiness and a bit of spiciness as well. Pretty much what I'd expect from an ESB so far.

Taste: Sweet with a rich caramel flavour to it, followed by a rich nuttiness, moderate bitter hop profile that I'm mostly getting for aftertaste (slightly metallic). Fairly light and watery for mouthfeel. The hop presence is a bit earthy, nutty and bitter.

Overall Thoughts: I'm not really a fan of the ESB style but this one is completely on style. It's easy to drink, a bit nutty, moderately bitter/hoppy, and has a good caramel sweetness. It's a style that's definitely an English pub favourite, but just not a favourite of mine.

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