Thursday, March 5, 2009
On Sierra Nevada ESB.
"Early Spring Beer." I suppose that at this point the acronym "ESB" doesn't stand for anything in particular, but itself is the genre descriptor. The same could be said for "SAT" and "PMC." (The ammo, not the mercenaries.)
Whatever the issues in nomenclature, this is a damned fine ale. The hoppiness is actually less pronounced than Sierra Nevada's flagship Pale Ale, which I consider to be a good thing. There's a distinct and intense bitterness rounded off with a lingering cascade note, quite the inverse of SNPA. Combined with a similar syrupy body, this makes for a fantastic social pint or after-work sipping beer.