Reviewed by Brady White on November 11, 2015 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Robinsons Brewery
- Origin: Stockport, England
- Rated On: November 11, 2015
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 4.7%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Extra Special Bitter
- Rating: GOOD !
This 500ml bottle pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with two stout fingers of densely foamy, sort of bubbly, and moderately chunky ecru head, which leaves some decent melting cobwebbed lace around the glass as it gently (and sanely) retreats.
It smells of crisply grainy, biscuity, and crackery pale malt, a touch of dry toffee, a bit of apple and subdued citrus fruitiness, and pleasantly floral, leafy hops. The taste is a nice soft, bready and crackery graininess, a hint of doughy yeast, mildly acidic apple skin and lemon rind, a subtle toasted oily nuttiness, ethereal black pepper notes, and more equitable earthy, leafy, and floral hops. The carbonation is nice and peppy, though never astringent, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt, pome fruitiness, and understatedly sassy hops all banding behind that last charge down the hill.
For an ESB, this does well not to embarrass itself, bringing the biscuit, and wielding the hops like a well-maintained musket. Maybe a tad sweet for the style, and more generally for extended sessions, but agreeable enough as a one-fer, in the world of promotional or pop-cultural tie-ins…and, fade out with ‘To Tame a Land’