Granville Island Brewing – Mad Dash Fresh Hop ESB Review
It is fresh hop season and Vern from Granville Island has decided to take the Extra Special Bitter route with the Mad Dash ESB. This beer pours with 2+ fingers of thick and lacing head above a copper coloured ale. The scent is crisp and refreshing being loaded with local Sartori Centennial hops. There is also a light, toasted sweetness that comes through in the scent to accent the crisp, fresh, bitterness provided by the hops. The flavour is lighter than your average ESB with a soft-sap flavour that comes through pleasantly. As with most fresh-hopped beers the hop bitterness is mellower than a dry hop with a flavour that simply tastes fresh. There is something that just feels healthy about drinking beer this fresh! The Mad Dash is a fantastic tasting fresh hopped ESB. On the mellower side than your average fresh hop IPA this is a great way to experience what fresh tastes like without the added bitterness that can come with an IPA. This is one of the best beers to come from Vern At Granville Island to date. Get it now while the getting is great!
Alcohol – 5.6%
Size – 650ml Bottles
IBU – 45
Price – $6.40 (Private Liquor Store)
Limited Release (Oct. 2013 release)