Across The Nation Restored Hop(e) | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Across The Nation Restored Hop(e)Across The Nation Restored Hop(e)

Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Picaroons Traditional Ales

Added by biboergosum on 04-29-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; one of six included in their "Across the Nation Collaboration (East)" mixed pack. Dated Mar 30 2017 and served well chilled.

Pours a clear, brassy amber colour, topped with nearly a finger of frothy off white-tinged head. It lasts for only a few minutes, steadily consumed by erosion until finally replaced with a modest-sized collar of creamy foam and a respectable coat of fine, even lace. Notes of toffee, toasted nuts and doughy, biscuity pale malt sweetness comprise much of the aroma, with earthy, tea-leafy English hops filling out the remainder; faint hints of orange and overripe pear.

A very solid little bitter that I enjoyed right from the first sip. Clean pale malt flavour abounds, with notes of bready malt, toasted wheat and mild toffee sweetness coming through initially, as well as a few orchard fruit esters. The back end is legitimately bitter - not to the extent of an IPA or anything like that, yet its leafy, floral, grassy hop flavours are somewhat more pronounced than most of the British ESBs I've sampled previously (and the 50 IBUs claimed on the back label would seem to support that assertion). Finishes with an earthy bitterness and some minerality, both of which persist into the aftertaste. Medium in body, with relatively low carbonation that meekly agitates the palate, resulting in a soft, smooth, kind of slick texture. Fantastically easy to drink, and theoretically sessionable, although I suppose the 5.6% might catch up to you eventually.

Final Grade: 4.04, an A-. I've heard the Picaroons name mentioned many times over the years - always in the context of 'Maritime craft brewers to keep an eye out for' - but this collaborative effort is the first chance I've had to try anything associated with this esteemed NB craft brewer. Leave it to the New Brunswick brewer to pick the most quintessentially English type of beer there is... a bit predictable, maybe, but Restored Hop(e) absolutely does the ESB style justice, and is at least as good as the majority of the British-made bitters that you can find in Ontario. Good stuff; I'd say this is one of the top two brews in the Eastern Canada mixed pack, if not the best overall.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BCborn
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, part of the Across the Nation collaboration pack with 12 different Canadian breweries, one from each province and territory, all in celebration of our country's 150th birthday. This one involves New Brunswick's Picaroons, and is an extra special bitter (an ode to the province's part-English roots).

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some stratified streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and biscuity caramel malt, a bit of overripe apple and pear fruitiness, subtle mixed peppercorn notes, and some plain leafy, herbal, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, muddled pome and citrus fruity esters, and more even-handed herbal, weedy, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly meek in its morose-seeming frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a minor aerosol creaminess seeping in as things warm up a tad. It finishes off-dry, the malt holding court, while the hops trail off into that good night.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough version of the style, what with the robust and biscuity malt doing a bang-on impression, and the hops adequate in their off-setting bitterness. ESBs are something that I believe aren't made in adequate abundance in this country, so good on these guys for tackling it.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm starting off the 12-pack with this one, as I've had plenty of different beers from Picaroons already.

A: copper amber.
S: sweet and biscuity.
T: sweet, a little metallic. lingering grassy bitterness.

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Photo of StormAles
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light dry caramel malt with some soft floral hops notes. Taste is a mix of light dry caramel malt with some subtle floral hops notes. Body is average for style with good carbonation. Enjoyable but not really spectacular.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber with lots of carbonation, and topped with 2 fingers of beige head.

Smells really malty, of caramel and toffee.

Tastes malty, of toffee and caramel, finishing with a long, dull bitterness.

Light body, with lots of carbonation.

Got with the Across the Nation pack, drinking in Muskoka, April 9th, 2018. Decent ESB, my first brew from New Brunswick.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the lcbo for around $2

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Photo of Poljazz22
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

review #6 from the mix pack
Pours a lovely amber color with a 1 inch white head. Some nice lacing persists.
I have over cooled it and wait til it warms up a bit.
Well It's hard to wait so here we go... Very nice ESB. Nice British hops, lovely malts good carbonation easy to drink and complex enough to please any beer nerd!

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Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper-bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention shows some lace.

Light hop aroma with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Nice British hopping, restrained yeast character and only a hint of diacetyl. Authentic but nice! Slight residual sweetness with a balanced bitterness.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This collaboration with Picaroons from New Brunswick. Served cold into a pint glass. Review from notes.

Appearance - Clear, ruby colored beer. Moderate finger of off-white head and ok retention.

Smell - Clean with some earthy notes and orchard fruit in the background. Reminds me a lot of Hobgoblin from Wychwood Brewery in the UK (but a little better).

Taste - Close to the nose. Mildly bitter, but not overly so with plenty of malt and orchard fruits backing.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, good carbonation and very smooth. Very good texture.

Overall - Another worthy addition to the collab pack, Restored Hop(e) is one I would be interested in enjoying again as English Bitters this good aren't commonplace in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber in color with about two slim finger's worth of head. There is some decent lacing visible as well. The smell is malt forward, bread and biscuit. What follows is a sweet apple presence and light hint of hops. Taste is malts as well, with some grassyness and then a mild hops taste. Feel is medium with a lighter prickly carbonation,

This is not a great version of an ESB in my opinion, and were it on the menu again, I would steer around it.

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ewpass
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange Amber with modest head. Malt nose, lighter body. Thin, fizzy finish. Picaroons regular ESB is significantly better (a better bitter?)

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Photo of sdm9465
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nullbort
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of staubot
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It seems Biboergosum and I end up grabbing the same selections as he was reviewing the Christmas Advent collection with me as well. If you are ever in Winnipeg we should grab a beer and I can learn something on tasting descriptions from you.

Dark Copper in colour with a fluffy off white lingering head. Smell is somewhat weak in character with some sweet malt coming up. Tastes of roasted malts somewhat bitter back end but not much for the style. Slightly creamy smooth feel. Extra strong bitter style? Not quite what I expected or am used to with this style. Rather light for the style.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber body with an inch of frothy white head at the top. Light aromas of burnt caramel, toffee, and earthy hops. The taste has dominantly hoppy notes, with sharp bitterness and earth coming over a slightly toasty profile of malt. Generally smooth, with well balanced carbonation and a developed mouthfeel. Nice beer, would drink again were it not for the fact that it is only available on special.

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Photo of Electros
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHammer
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Produce a finger of head that produced minor lacing but didn't really stick around. The body is a slightly cloudy amber with some low but steady carbonation.

Smell: Not really catching very much on the nose, even after ample warming. A light malt, maybe some plum and some spruce like hops.

Taste: A bit of a sleeping giant as it starts with a nice caramel malt starts and then turns to a more grainy bread like taste with touches of apple, plum and pear with a slight dry tinge as it then turns to a mix of floral and earthy hops to clean up.

Mouthfeel: Points get deducted for the lack of head, and the hop note lingers and builds in the aftertaste which is disappointing. Transitioning is good and the carbonation is fairly balanced, also tends to favour the end of the beer.

Drinkability: Surprisingly light bodied for a beer posting an ABV above 5.6%. Settles down nicely and despite it's faults was easy to drink. The dryness though hamstrings it a bit too much to call it refreshing though.

Final Thoughts: All in all, a serviceable bitter which seems to hit most of the big notes, but seems to fumble through the smaller ones. I see this pairing very well with liver and onions or liver and bacon for some reason. It strikes me as a nice pub drinker, when you intention is to eat and have a mean at the pub and not have a pint with the boys or get wrecked.

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Photo of Exeter
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bf_89
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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