Saltspring Island Ales – Extra Special Bitter Review
The Saltspring Island Ales are an elusive bunch. Stepping foot off of Vancouver island these beers are harder to capture than a crisp photo of bigfoot. That said, I did manage to get my hands on the Saltspring Island Extra Special Bitter. This ESB pours with two fingers of head that leave a thick lacing on the glass. The smell is crisp with citrus hops and a crisp malted flavour. The flavour starts off crisp with a stronger than average carbonation that builds into a malted, lightly hopped middle section with a unique sap-like flavour. This champagne-like ESB is traditional by UK standards but offers a unique experience by BC standards. As the taste progresses the whole-cone hops take over in a fairly bitter- hop forward finish that is joined by an orange peel flavour. The orange and hop bitterness work together making for a stronger than expected dry-bitter end.
Alcohol – 5%
Size – 650ml bottle
Price – $6.50 per bottle
Only available in select Cold Beer and Wine Locations