Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Beer Review: ESB Amber - Saugatuck Brewing Co.
Hello There Kiddos!
Time for more beer reviews. I picked up a random sixer at Siciliano's a few days ago and haven't touched it yet! That tradgedy was soon reversed as I cracked into it tonight after a late night of work/volunteering.
This one comes from a single 12 oz. bottle. Now, I hadn't tried SBC even after staying 2 miles down the road from it over a whole week on spring break! THAT my friends was a true tradgedy.
Anyway, here it goes.
A- This beer pours a relatively translucent rusty amber hue. A slightly off-white creamy head quickly rises to an full inch. Not much lacing, not a whole lot of haze. The beer seems very filtered.
S- The funny thing with this listed as an ESB/Amber is the amount of citrus I'm getting on the nose. There are hops present in this one! However, yes, there is a truck load of malty goodness coming through too. Lots of bready character, is that clove?
T- Here's the kicker. Now remember how this beer was relatively translucent? Some people like to associate that with a beer's watery flavor, even I have been known to say such things. This one is a surprise. It has a full flavor profile. The malts and cracker-like breadiness hit you up front, then those hops you smelled come in mid-pallet and continue lightly on the finish. I really like the added hop presence on this beer!
M- Mouthfeel is very....juicy! It's bold and rolls out across your pallet. It's not weak at any one point, and it has interesting characteristics at all points.
D- Very drinkable. I could do this one at a bonfire in the summer or at dinner in the winter! Very pairable with meat dishes!