I just finished off the last of the six of this beer, having started the six pack 'way back in February when I bought it. I've finally decided I like it. I don't know if it's mellowed or if I have, but when I first tried it, I wasn't thrilled. I've come to expect an ESB to be deep copper colored, but this isn't. Deep golden yellow, to be sure, not at all thin and watery like some other swill I could name, but not coppery. And at first I thought the hops presence could've been more, uh, present. Extra Special Bitters should be bitter. Hmm. This beer doesn't claim to be bottle conditioned, and there's no yeast sediment in the bottle, so why was this last one so darned good? I dunno. But it had all the clean, bitter, sweet and hoppy character you'd expect of the style. And what the hell, the label's cool, with a picture of one of Colorado's many "fourteeners". So if you see it, give it a try. If at first you don't like it, push the rest to the back and come back to them in a few weeks. You might be surprised.
Reviewed: October 29, 2005
Meh. It's a bitter, but it was basically, to me, a pub session ale. A nice label indeed, with a picture of one of Colorado's peaks over 14K feet (I guess it's in honor of all of them, as it doesn't say which peak it is). I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't thrilled. It's a beer that I'd gladly order in a bar, as it's easy to drink and doesn't intoxicate too quickly, but it's nothing special.
Reviewed: August 02, 2009