Common Crown The Eddie ESB

Reviewed by on August 25, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Common Crown Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 25, 2018

  • Best Before: canned August 1, 2018

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Extra Special Bitter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

I’m not quite sure who this ‘Eddie’ guy is, but I’ll take a shot at a locally made ESB anytime.

This 355ml can pours a clear, medium bronzed amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly fizzy off-white head, which leaves some decent cirrus cloud pattern lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of gritty and grainy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee thing, some faint domestic citrus rind, and weak leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and crackery caramel malt, some mixed and bruised pome and citrus fruitiness, a damp minerality, and more understated earthy, musty, and piney hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really causing a problem at this particular juncture. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity malt winning the lingering (sorry) crown.

Overall – this comes across as a fairly accurate representation of the style, nice and robust in its malt profile, with just enough hop offset to keep ‘er between the proverbial ditches. Easy to drink, and totally worthy of checking out, especially if you are a fan-boy such as myself.

Brady White

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