DetailsA fine Extra Special Bitter (English Pale Ale) with plenty of malt complexity and hops to please your palate. Our Extra Special Bitter recipe is brewed in true British tradition. Slightly drier than Pale Ales. Balanced malt and hop flavor will make this beer a favorite among British ale brewers.
Our ingredients for this recipe include: 6 lbs. Gold liquid malt extract, 8 oz. Caramel 40L, 2 oz. Chocolate malt, 2 oz. Roasted Barley specialty grains, 2 oz. Goldings, 1.5 oz. Fuggles pellet hops, yeast, priming sugar, and a grain bag.
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4.5 / 5.017 ReviewsImagine A Lighter, Creamier EPA...In search for a session beer, I gave this ESB a try - not ever even knowingly tasted an ESB. Followed directions to the tee - 2 weeks primary, 2 weeks secondary, 2 weeks bottle. Added irish moss tablets and foam retention powder._x000D__x000D_The beer is an incredibly smooth, creamy English pub ale. Light malt flavor balanced with a light hops flavor that tastes like its trying to grow-up...imagine a lighter, creamier EPA. Carbonation is low, staying true to the pub ale / cask style. I had an over abundance of head, likely due to the retention powder - if I brewed again, I'd pass on the retention powder._x000D__x000D_One problem, this beer does not pour well if cooled, i.e. it is very cloudy when you keep it in the fridge. I suggest serving at cellar temps (48-50 deg.)._x000D__x000D_While this beer isn't necessarily my choice beverage on a hot summer day, it is definitely one that you can have 2-3 over good conversation and feel/taste like you're at a local pub (if you know Minneapolis, a friend of mine said this beer "tasted like Brit's Pub"). If you like EPA, just brew EPA. While this was a good beer, it's not one that I'd want 48 bottles of to drink (a 12 pack would be enough for my palate)._x000D_June 6, 2011Session beer is exactly what it is!This was the first beer I kegged... Get a keg by the way! This beer drinks so damn easily! I ran out in a week and a half! The friends that I shared it with drank it, and didnt say a word then kept filling when their glasses got empty. My only complaint with this beer is that I dont have another keg to keep it regularly stocked... I guess thats my own damn problem.May 22, 2012Delicious !!The classic ESB recipe is an excellent brew. With wonderful floral aromas and taste of grapefruit and other citruses. I love this recipe and just finished my last bottle :-(. I did manage to save it for almost a year it was still super delicious. I can't wait to get another kit. Nice foam retention and head as well on this bad boy. Not crazy bitter but certainly a keeper if you like ESB's or if you are looking for a little variety in your IPA's.September 4, 2013esbIf you like british style beers, you will like this kit. The flavor is a little more malty with a few hops to help the flavor. i recommend white labs yeast.September 8, 2013classic esbVery good kit. I like the slightly higher hop flavor with the light color. It is easy to drink and everyone seems to like it.September 14, 2013classic esbKit is easy to make. Has a slight roasted/toasted flavor to it. Not extremely bitter...just leans slightly towards an english bitter...imo.September 17, 2013WowThis is well balanced and delightful. I would recommend this to any ESB or English beerSeptember 24, 2013What i expect a bitter to taste likeIf you like ESBs, then you'll like this kit. I use the Wyeast pack to make it taste better.March 7, 2014Great beerI'm new to homebrewing and this was my third brew. I like this beer, good flavor and drink ability. I'll be brewing this one again.March 7, 2016
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