This duck flew over from across the pond; Dangerous Man releases their Extra Special Bitter (ESB)!
The ESB is style that was originally synonymous with Pale Ale and to this day has a lot in common with that styling. The overall style of Bitter beers, of which the ESB is part, is typically described as malt forward with the presence of a fruitiness from the English yeast strains, a noticeable hop presence, and a candy-like malt sweetness and round body from the use of crystal malt. In England, Bitters and Pale Ales were typically distinguished by the method of pour, as Bitters were typically cask ales and poured with a hand pump. In modern times the Bitter serves as a draught alternative to the popular Pale Ale varieties. Extra Special Bitters can generally be labeled as having even more of a malt and fruit presence as well as a higher ABV.
Rob and Keigan used a short grain bill for this recipe. They utilized MCI Ale Malt, Belgian Cararuby, and White Wheat. MCI Ale Malt is from the Malting Company of Ireland provided by the Brewer’s Supply Group and is characterized as having low protein content as well as a high extract rate. This is excellent as base malt as it does not leave the beer too hazy and provides the right amount of sugars without the need to add further grain to the mash. The Belgian Cararuby is a caramel malt known to add toffee flavors and bring an amber or reddish color to the brew. The White Wheat provided further body and complex malt flavors.
East Kent Goldings (EKG) were used for aroma and flavor hop additions. EKG is a quintessential English hop that defines many pale ale and bitter beers within the region and in the style itself. These hops in particular add complexity and a savory nature to malty-sweet bitters and pales of the English styling. A West Yorkshire yeast was used to round out this simple, yet complex, beer. Make sure you review Greaves’ Rules of proper pub drinking before you start buying pints.
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