ESB: Extra Special Bitter
One of the older Toronto pub brands, this is a quintessential English “session” ale designed to have more than one of. Hops aren’t used for bitterness per se in this style but rather for aroma. Bitters are fruity and aromatically hoppy but aren’t usually too bitter so the name is a bit of a misnomer in modern context. Historically they were called bitter because they had hops in them compared to the lowly hopped beer of the time or the entirely unhopped “ale” of Medieval times.
Tasting Notes: Very strong “cookie” or baked goods palate following an estery, hoppy aroma with some earthy English hop notes. Slowly drying out in the finish after a solidly malty mid-palate.
Appearance: Pale amber
Aroma: Earthy, fruity, hoppy
Serving Suggestions: Roasted meat, lamb, cow’s milk cheese
Hops Variety: UK Goldings, UK Fuggles
Malt Variety: Maris Otter Pale ale malt, Caramel malt, Munich Malt, Chocolate malt
Yeast: American Ale
Glassware: Pint Sleeve
Style: British ESB
Serving Temp: 4-8 deg C