Two Sergeants Patrolman’s ESB

Reviewed by on October 21, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Two Sergeants Brewing

  • Origin: Fort Saskatchewan, AB, CA

  • Rated On: October 21, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Extra Special Bitter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Two Sergeants Brewing are currently sourcing their product via contract means as they get their Fort Saskatchewan facility up and running, so this one comes from Fat Unicorn way up in Plamondon (Google Maps is your friend).  At any rate, Patrolman’s ESB is a fundraising effort for the family of Edmonton police officer Daniel Woodall, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three thick fingers of puffy, pleasantly foamy, and faintly creamy ecru head, which leaves a decent array of pitted limestone wall lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, a soft biscuity white cracker character, red apple skin, muddled citrus flesh, and earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a weaker wet breakfast biscuit edginess, some sugary pome and generic citrus fruitiness, and more leafy weedy, and damp grassy hop bitterness. The carbonation is adequate for both the supportive and frivolous tasks at hand, the body a decent middleweight, and fairly smooth, with an attendant creaminess as things warm up a tad. It finishes on the sweet side for the style, yet moderated well enough by hop and sneaky alcohol alike.

An easy-drinking, if somewhat sweet rendition of an ESB, but overall, it’s quite good, and for a good and just cause – supporting those who go the extra mile in keeping our communities safe.  I’ll quaff this, to that, and if you come across it, you should too.

Brady White

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