Saltspring Island Ales – Extra Special Bitter


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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


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Categories: Beer Reviews, Top BC Beers

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Dustan Sept

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  1. mikescraftbeer
    mikescraftbeer 9 October, 2013, 21:14

    I have enjoyed this in the past but it has been some time since I have had it now. Darn hard to find!

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  2. Bert
    Bert 9 May, 2014, 16:57

    This a great easy to drink beer. The hops lend it close to an IPA but within limits of a great ESB. Full body with an enjoyable malt aftertaste. I would recommend this beer to those that like a bit of bitter in there beverage.

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  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous 24 May, 2018, 19:27

    Being an expat from the U.K. and living in Vancouver I am always looking for a quality Bitter, Saltspring is one of the best locally brewed I have had, I always find myself going back for more and I consider myself pretty picky, luckily they stock it at my local store.

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