Riot Brewing Co. – Barcode Blues Bitter

Riot Brewing ESB review


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3.8 out of 5


  • Brewery: Riot Brewing Co.
  • Beer Style: Extra Special Bitter
  • Pros:

    A slightly more bitter than typical ESB

  • Cons:

    A very dry mouthfeel

  • Conclusion:

    A nicely flavoured ESB with a bit more hop bitterness than expected

Riot Brewing ESB review Riot Brewing Co. – Barcode Blues Bitter Review

One of Riot Brewing’s first seasonal releases is a bomber bottle of their ESB, the Barcode Blues Bitter. Likely named after a labeling error, this beer is copper in colour and has two fingers of lightly lacing head. The aroma is mildly sweet with a malty-caramel note and a subtle hop bitterness. Tasting the beer it is light bodied and has a toasted character on the tongue. This works with the hop tones and caramel notes to add a bitter-sweetness into the mix. The mouthfeel is almost powdery with a dryness to it which leaves a lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue. This beer is a fairly traditional ESB with perhaps a touch more bitterness than most. It is enjoyable and has a nice west coast flavour for an Extra Special Bitter styled brew.

Alcohol – 5.3%
IBU – 43
Size – 650ml

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Categories: Beer Reviews
Tags: ESB, riot brewing

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