Beer Wednesday – Breckenridge Extra ESB
Happy Beer Wednesday!
I’m pleased today to be reviewing my first ESB, by Breckenridge. ESBs are traditionally bitter (that’s what the “B” in ESB means) but not overly so, and this beer is a really solid example of the style.
Breckenridge’s Extra ESB is rich, with a deep chocolate color and a small, but aromatic head. Minimal lacing, but a malty, maybe chocolatey flavors. It didn’t remind me a traditional ESB, mostly because the hops were so balanced, and when I think of “Extra Special Bitters” I think of, well, bitterness, and Breckenridge’s Extra ESB didn’t really have that. In fact, it just 55IBUs, this beer instead reminded me of a Scotch Ale, but that may be because of the 7.8% ABV (or because of the Scottish Ale yeast used in brewing it) or maybe because of the light carbonation, I don’t know.
What I do know is that I liked this beer. It’s not exactly a session beer, but I knew that when I bought it, so, I’m happy to give it a 4/6. Enjoy!