ESB Amber Ale - Flying Fish Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours an amber orange with a frothy white head and scattered lacing and a cap that lasts the duration of the beer.
Smell: Toffee and grain, a touch of caramel and a light dose of hops, in an otherwise malty aroma. I certainly think I smell some butterscotch as well.
Taste: It is a bizarre beer because I keep thinking I detect that buttery diacetyl and then it hides, so if it is there is well masked. The first suggestion on the tongue is butterscotch, and then immediately sweet bread and toasted grains. There is also a fruity overtone that seems like some of the yeast is helping while I was tasting the bread flavor, but again it show up and is gone just as quickly. Like I said; how bizarre. There is a nibbling feeling in the back of the mouth; a sort of hoppyness along with a dryness and a spice kick that almost seems like a bit of pepper nibbling at the cheeks, and maybe some cinnamon too. The finish is short. While I like the flavors they seem illusive. Then long after the swallow a second wave of light bitterness seeps out of cheeks and leaves a pleasant dry aftertaste in my mouth. The next sip; when I hold it on my tongue the beer seems overly grainy and not so much like the pleasant sweet bread, it is a little rough and unbalanced but it pulls together again. The flavors from sip to sip are hit or miss.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is light more like a brown ale than as ESB. Malty and smooth bigger medium than most ESBs and with a spice kick.
Drinkability: this is an interesting beer. It seems to me like an English Brown ale and an American Pale Ale met and conceived this baby in hay stack. The offspring of this unlikely pair is this beer. I wouldn't call it a favorite but it is well worth the taste.
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2007 08:04:17 | More by Phatz
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