I poured a 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Its best before month was notched at August 2013. It cost $4 ($0.18 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark copper to brown proper hue. Hazy but translucent, not
opaque. Forms a large, white, soapy head which retains and laces quite
Smell: Standard British pub ale aroma of cereal and a hint of spicy/citrusy hops.
Taste: No beer is more difficult to review than those that conform to
their style and don’t have anything particularly unique to them. That’s
how I feel about Berkshire Mountain Brewers ESB - it’s a good beer and
it exemplifies the style quite well (especially for an American
version), but going into detail about it will be challenging.
This is the type of beer I would pair with breakfast. It has a lot of
flavors that would be perfect in that setting. Firstly, there’s a
cinnamon toast flavor present. British pub style ales tend to have a
bready or toasty character, and this one does too. I swear I get a wisp
of cinnamon in the aftertaste. Secondly, there’s an orange marmalade
taste as well. It’s brewed with Fuggles and East Goldings hops, which
might account for a hint of citrus, though the malts are definitely
doing most of the work here. There’s mild bitterness on the second
half, along with some dryness, but despite the style’s name these beers
aren’t intended to be of IPA or even pale ale-level hoppiness. This
would be a good introductory brew of the style, but those looking for
excitement and pizzazz might be disappointed.
Drinkability: There’s no challenge in drinking Berkshire Mountain
Brewers ESB, though not that there should be. The mouthfeel isn’t too
heavy, but is noticeably soft and a bit tepid, but it goes down easily.
Drinking one bottle alone is satisfying with its relatively light weight
of only 5% ABV.