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

Founder of Toronto Booze Hound. He can be seen drinking almost anything in the wild from beer to rum. Try not to startle him, he may use humour as a self defence method.

Email: kole@torontoboozehound.com