Devil's Purse Brewing Co.
Surfman's Check ESB English-Style Pale Ale
Extra Special/Strong Bitter (ESB)
16oz, 4-Pack
Tops out around two fingers of foam, caught between cream white and light tan, very whipped up and airy so retention is poor, disappears quickly, offers splotches instead of lacing streaks. Light haze to the coppery orange colored liquid, fades some to yellow at the edges, naught but a few random bubbles here and there. Nose of caramel, coffee cake, cola bean, vanilla bean and Brazil nuts, sweet sort of smokiness, has a leafy green side as well, the apricot, peach, pear fruit scents have to work it to register, overall smooth and full texture in the nostrils. Medium-bodied with a firm feel, while polished and smooth it's too dry to soak in deeply. Fruitcake, molasses, lemon curd, dinner roll breadiness, grilled nuts, the pieces are there but they do not coalesce into something sweet to savor. Curiously, for its dryness doesn't seem bitter until the very last. Carbonation is sluggish, stays in place on the tongue. Pear, apple, peach fruit but evanescent. Minerals, black tea, tar creep up through the finish. Much more enjoyable when just sipped with analysis, isolation of the constitutive parts yields little.
3 out of 5