PictureI find Collingwood Brewery generally goes for a more subtle flavour than a lot of the smaller craft breweries these days. Instead of punching us in the mouth with a IIPA, they go for something like an ESB to stand apart. I have to say I love this approach. You can only really have so much Granite!

The Fireside ESB is an Extra Special Bitter. This is a British style ale that generally leans towards the malty side but has a bit of bitterness from hops. It’s a subtle flavour that many might mistake for a pale ale.

Fireside is available at the LCBO for $2.85 for the can and it sits at just 5.8% ABV.

Appearance: Light brown with hints of red. White head.
Aroma: Very slight smell. Hint of caramel.
Taste: Very well blended. Slight lean towards caramel malts. Bit of tropical hops.
Aftertaste: Short and dry.
Overall: Well balanced and easy drinking.

Kole McRae

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