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A classic English Style Pale Ale, Explorer E.S.B. challenges you to go beyond the ordinary. Assertively hopped at 43 IBU’s and a respectably strong 5.8% ABV beer in the best English tradition, Explorer is nevertheless well balanced with a chewy maltiness. The deep copper colored body and creamy white head tell you that this ale has been hand crafted from only the finest ingredients. The flavor is a satisfying blend of caramel and biscuit malts, giving way to a pleasing bitterness by mid-swallow and ending with a clean, dry, crisp finish.
The ESB style of beer holds a unique place in the English Brewing tradition and is a subtle yet demanding ale using a large quantity of premium ingredients. It is enjoyed by those who appreciate the dedication of the Brewer in creating a drink that is truly “Extra Special” in every sense of the word.
Very balanced beer in malt and hop bitterness. Full bodied with fruity and sweeter aromas and flavors. Even thought 'bitter' is in the name, it's not an overly bitter beer. Medium to medium-high bitterness with supporting malt flavors evident. The malt profile is typically bready, biscuity, nutty, or lightly toasty, and optionally has a moderately low to moderate caramel or toffee flavor. Hop flavor moderate to moderately high, typically with a floral, earthy, resiny, and/or fruity character. Hop bitterness and flavor should be noticeable, but should not totally dominate malt flavors. Moderately-low to high fruity esters. Optionally may have low amounts of alcohol. Medium-dry to dry finish. Generally, no diacetyl although very low levels are allowed.