Frederick Brewing Company - Blue Ridge ESB
- ABV: 5.4%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 35
- Serving Temperature: 43-48° F
The national drink of England is an ale called “Bitter”, designated as “Ordinary”, “Best”, and “Extra Special Bitter”, or ESB, depending on its strength and body. Since World War II, American soldiers returned Stateside knowing bitters to be the most popularly called for drink in the realm of British beer drinkers. Most bitters fans believe the special flavor is so successful it overcame the name. The word itself is only a reference to the hoppy dryness of bitters versus that of milder brews. Bitters always have a signature hoppy dryness, but also can contain a suggestion of soft-fruit. Bitters aren’t necessarily bitter at all. They can be sweet, although they will most certainly possess a hop emphasis. The color of bitters isn’t standard but they do share one trait: Bitters are almost always translucent in color. The color varies from one brewer to another, and can run the gamut from rich copper red to old gold to pale bronze.
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