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Beer #51 – February 20, 2010: 14’er ESB

February 20, 2010

Beer: 14’ER E.S.B.

Brewery: Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colorado

Style: ESB (Extra Special Bitter)

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $7.99 / 6-pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Glass mug

Strength: 5.1 % ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: An enjoyable, sessionable beer as an ESB should be.  Flavorful, with enough interest that I found myself continually finding new flavors in this beer.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a clear, rich amber hue with a big foamy head that is both creamy and cream-colored.  Lace clings to the side of my glass.

Aroma: Herbal hops, sweet grain, and a hint of honeysuckle

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, with a bit more substance than other ESBs.

Taste: An initial honey sweetness followed by a chewy, fresh, soft pretzel middle.  A long and somewhat lingering finish of herbs, green grass, cracked pepper and a woody bitterness, along with fruit notes of orange, honeysuckle and tropical guava.

Pairing: Any savory pork dish at The Kitchen in Boulder, Colorado, which also just happens to be home to Avery.

Trivia: While in England, the term “Bitter” is synonymous with “Pale Ale”, in America, a Bitter or Extra Special Bitter (ESB) ironically typically refers to a beer that is not as hoppy, and therefore not as bitter, as an American Pale Ale.

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