McBane's Best Bitter | CB Craft Brewers

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CB Craft Brewers
New York, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheBrewo on 11-26-2012

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 1
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3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY. It arrived in an Angry Orchard pint glass glowing a dark, golden honey coloring. It held a one finger head of tight and creamy white bubbles, leaving rings and sheets of lacing connecting one another across the walls of the glass. Carbonation appeared active, and no haze or sediment was noted. The aroma gave grassy and lemony citric hops, pale and chalky malts, sweetness of juicy fruit gum, bittering musk, clovey phenols, sweaty saltiness, and big medicinal phenols. Our first impression was that there was nice bitterness from both the hops and the phenolic inclusions. The flavoring opened with the general bitter blend of a pale malt bill. Lemon rind and grapefruit hoppiness added bitterness, which rode to the peak with candied cherry sweetness, chalk, and toasted dryness of grain. The finish showed massive coininess, light adjuncts, peppery booze, and continued bittering hoppiness of grapefruit. Tutti Frutti sugars come to cut, but otherwise the coin takes a lot of flavoring away. The aftertaste breathed of big coin and tin, pale malts, salt, and adjuncty grain. The body was light to medium, and the carbonation was big, with massive froth and bubble on the swirl around the mouth. There was a big prickle to the palate, with nice slurp, cream, froth, and smack to keep you awake on the back. There was a cooling coating to the mouth, with a light metallic astringency. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. It was wildly hoppy, with an equally as deep bitterness to the malts, and a balancing saltiness. The taste also showed nice hoppy inclusions, with a great balance to the beginning, but by the end there was an almost offensive level of coiny metallics. This decimated the palate, washing hops and malts alike to their respective watery graves. In the end, this is a brightly hoppy ESB, giving a nice angle into a tough style.

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McBane's Best Bitter from CB Craft Brewers
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