My taste buds have really been going through a change of late. I'm just not into hops quite as much as I used to be--not that I ever considered myself a hophead in the first place. But I'm beginning to appreciate subtle maltiness more these days. And the ESB as a style is a bit of a misnomer, as I understand it. It's actually overall a fairly mild beer style. Add to that this is one of Breck's "small batch" series brews, and their IPA impressed me, so I had high hopes for the ESB. It did not disappoint. A little floral in the aroma department, but a handsome ruby-red-brown in the glass. Flavor was nice and malty, slightly sweet, with just the right touch of floral, piney hops. My wife wanted me to give it a nine, but I wasn't QUITE ready to go that far. Just the same, I highly recommend it (but you might have to wait 'til the eagle flies; it's a bit pricey).
Reviewed: October 25, 2008