Mt. Hood ESB
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
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3.98 | pDev: 0%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mildly murky caramel-dipped oranges topped by a thick slice of foam that was equal parts pale gold, pastel orange and ecru. Better than acceptable persistence was followed by smeary rings and shredded sheets of lace that stuck around for a bit.

The nose's only (minor) fault was that it was low on power. Rather than becoming bolder over time, it became harder to appreciate. To be fair, the beer *was* getting farther away from me as I drank. Cliff Notes version: toasted malts and a pleasant whiff of Mt. Hood hops.

Mt. Hood ESB was good beer for any number of reasons. Perhaps the biggest reason is that wdmrock took the 'B' of the style seriously. In fact, this may have been the hoppiest version that I've ever had. I certainly don't remember a snappier one.

The malty yin definitely took a backseat to the hoppy yang, but it wasn't booted out the back window or stuffed into the trunk. Where the hell am I going with this analogy? The flavor was akin to well-toasted whole grain bread drizzled with a little melted caramel. No nuttiness/earthiness was a plus. The Mt. Hood hops were spicy, herbal and citrus pithy. Great choice for an ESB.

The beer was impressively clean and cumulatively bitter, with a crisp, tight, focused finish. Drinkability was excellent without lunch (first half) and with lunch (second half). A perfect amount of zesty carbonation, along with a medium mouthfeel, matched the hop bite very well.

News flash... The West Des Moines Rock Bottom releases another delicious hop-focused ale. Actually, the fact that Mt. Hood ESB is a wonderful, highly drinkable version of the style isn't news at all. Good-great beer is becoming routine at this brewpub.

Jul 14, 2009
Mt. Hood ESB from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1 ratings