Hopalong’s Extra Special Bitter
BITTER is a class of English traditional ale, with three general subcategories: Ordinary, Special Bitter, and Extra Special Bitter or ESB for short. Terms like ordinary, special, and extra special don’t mean that one is better than another. Rather, these designations indicate in their broadest sense a difference in original specific gravity and final alcohol content.
Hopalong’s ESB is brewed with Maris Otter pale and caramel malt from Britain and Aromatic malt, which lends a subtle toasty flavor and aroma to complement caramel flavors. It is hopped in the kettle with the English varieties Challenger and Fuggles, with which it is also dry-hopped. Hop character is dominant, but differs from the recent Thetford IPA with a pronounced but soft and delicate palate, as befits the noble British varieties. Unfiltered and well balanced, the malt and hops blend with a gentle natural carbonation making for a refreshing, quaffable brew. Enjoy!!
Will and Phil
OG: 1054 FG: 1013 ABV: 5.4%