Saugatuck Brewing Co. – ESB Amber
Fennville in the US is where you will find Saugatuck Brewing Company, the brewer for my next beer.
ESB Amber comes in at 5.5% ABV and is described as being a British style bitter which comes loaded with a balance of nine malts matched perfectly with a hint of smooth hops.
Lets see if it is as smooth, easy drinking and amber as most people say, shall we?
A torrent of energy was bottled up when it came to pouring. Plenty of lively foam action resulted in quite a large head which stood up against the test of time and held itself really well. Its deep and dark, amber colour look rich. So rich in fact that it was tricky to see the light through it.
The aroma offers plenty of sweet caramel malts aswell as lashings of deep fruit and herbal notes. The tasting reveals a starter of sweet caramel that leads into a malty bitterness which pushes you into a lightly roasted finale.
Traditionally, the ESB style is known for its balance between malt and hop bitterness, but the malts take precedence over the flavour leaving little in the way of hop bitterness at the end.
The herbal notes do manage to shine through at the very end and as a result gives the smoothness described.
Its more a cross between an Amber beer and an ESB without committing too much one way or the other.
ESB Amber is another pleasant beer but compared with previous variations from the same brewery including the uniquely flavoured Oval Beach by Saugatuck, I was expecting more.
Its still perfectly enjoyable, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
If you have been lucky to enough to try a bottle, then tweet #biertaster and let me know what you thought of ESB Amber.