Brew Review-Avery 14’ER ESB
While getting beer for the Great Pumpkin Beerathon, I needed one last beer to round out a build your own six pack. Since I really know I generally like ESBs, and Avery, I figured this would be a great choice. Plus, it’s named after mountains; not the little foothills that people around here call mountains, but real, actual mountains. I was very happy with the selection, even if it was not at all what I was expecting.
It poured a light copper colour and opaque. There’s notable carbonation, especially for an ESB. Nice thick (1″) head on top.
Initial smell is very rich and malty, with hints of yeast and a good floral aroma. Imagine walking into a kitchen where dough has been rising for the last hour, but a breeze is blowing in from the garden, and you’ve got it almost perfectly.
On the first sip, I thought I got just a hint of bitter hoppiness up front, but it’s quickly subsumed by a rich, roasted malt flavour. There’s also subtle notes of toffee or caramel that give it a nice sweet hint, while still allowing the bready/malty taste to dominate the flavour. On finish, I catch the hint of a very subtle, very well done citrus finish which leaves a really crisp, clean end.
It’s far more malty than I’m used to for an ESB, and there really isn’t the apple/plum/cherry fruit flavours I’ve come to expect as well. Combined with carbonation somewhere between a traditional ESB and a lager, and you have something quite interesting. Interesting and good. It’s relatively low alcohol content (5.1%), coupled with the rich malty taste make this a very, very drinkable beer.