Tin Whistle Rattlesnake ESB

Reviewed by on August 10, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Tin Whistle Brewing Company

  • Origin: Penticton, BC, CA

  • Rated On: August 10, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Extra Special Bitter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Tin Whistle is a small craft brewery in Penticton, BC, who concentrate on making English-style ales.  Their Rattlesnake ESB has always reminded me of summer, as well as inspiring in me the desire to fire up some of Skid Row’s Rattlesnake Shake!

This beer pours a clear, pale bronzed amber colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, rocky, and chunky off-white head, which leaves some nice spiderweb-like lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of biscuity caramel cream, some hard water flintiness, subtle candied toffee notes, and some heady leafy, herbal, and citrusy hops.  The taste is sweet toffee and caramel malt, with just enough of that biscuity edginess to satisfy we style snobs, a hint of black pepper dust, some sugary generic citrus rind, and more tame leafy, floral, and grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation is on the low side, what with its gently rendered frothiness, the body medium-full in weight, fairly smooth, and even a tad creamy.  It finishes off-dry, the sweet and yet still nice and biscuity malt continuing its dominance, with the weaker bitter grassy hops keeping things sane from their perspective.

Overall, this is one tasty beer, that is if you’re OK with the sweeter, and fully malt-borne scene.  It kind of reminds me of those Madeira or Olorosa-laden whiskies – big (other than the ABV), yet somehow rounded and moderated.  I’m more than glad that Tin Whistle keeps this one in its stable.

Brady White

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