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I am sitting here with Eric, a dude I met during my beer appreciation certification. While hanging out I decided to give Wellington’s new ESB a try.

This is what Eric had to say about it:

“It was… it’s… goooood.”

I would have to agree, especially with the ‘it was’ part.

For those new to ESB’s (Extra Special Bitter) you could consider them the English answer to the IPA. they are more bitter than a standard ale but generally a little more balanced than the grapefruit punch in the face we get from America.

The can I found was at Dave’s on St Clair (yes, I go here far too often) and it didn’t even have a full label, just a sticker on a can.

This is only available in cans at the brewery or at the odd bar if you are lucky.

Appearance: Amber with red. Thick 4-finger head. Filtered.
Aroma: Flowery with hints of cherry. Nice hop profile.
Taste: More malt backbone. Some citrus comes through with hints of lime and grapefruit. Nice light mouth feel.
Aftertaste: super bitter hoppiness.
Overall: A nice expression of the style. I like this one!

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