Parallel 49 Brewing Co. – N2 Nitrogenated ESB
The second nitrogenated beer to be released from Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s N2 line of brews is an Extra Special Bitter. The N2 ESB with an aggressive pour, fully inverting the bottle pours a light copper colour topped with one finger of thick and creamy head which is very tightly packed as you would expect from a nitrogenated brew. The smell coming off this beer is rather typical of an ESB. Notes of crystal malts and nice northwest style hop come through on the nose in a light but very enjoyable fashion. The flavour is a malt forward ESB that has a kick of hop at its side. The flavour is what you would expect from a quality northwest style ESB. Where the difference comes is the texture. The smooth, low-fizz nature of the N2 makes this beer pop a little more with the flavours. the malt is a little smoother and the hops a little more defined while the creamy texture of the nitrogen head makes it all go down smooth. Nitrogen is not often applied to an ESB but it works and Parallel 49 has a second successful launch under the N2 line of nitrogenated beers.
Alcohol – 5%
IBU – 45
Size – 6 x 341ml
Price – $14.25 (Craft Retailer)
Released March 2014
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