To Øl Mr. Orange – Premium Bitter / ESB at 7% ABV | 49 IBU

To Øl Mr. Orange Premium Bitter / ESB at 7% ABV | 49 IBU (C$8.70 at Sherbrooke Liquor, 330 ml, best before 8-Mar-2018, acquired 17-Dec-2016, reviewed 4-Feb-2018)

Appearance: hazy medium gold with two fingers of dense creamy white head, excellent retention and heavy, soapy lacing. (5/5) Aroma: citrus flesh and peel, toasted malt. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry oily astringent finish. (4/5)

I have no idea what makes this an ESB, but I like it! If you ask me, it’s more like an American Pale with citrus adjunct, not an ESB, but what the hell do I know? (Well, perhaps not – there’s definitely a toasted malt component in there, and none of the pine I’d expect if this were an APA or A/IPA. So, fine, it’s an ESB. A heavily hopped, citrus adjunct, beefy ABV ESB.) They weren’t kidding when they called it Mr. Orange, though, because that’s by far the dominant character, right down to an oily orange peel astringent finish. Good stuff. (16/20)

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