Capstone ESBNovember 1, 2002 Boulder, CO
Available: NM, KY, OH, UT, KS, IL, CA
The Oasis brewpub, established in 1991, is known for its Egyptian-style interior. The capstone of the name refers to the tip of a pyramid, which is pictured on the beer’s label.
Alcohol by weight: 4.4
How nice! What a lovely libation. The beer pours to a nice head with a pleasant clicking sound. One is compelled to taste this beer straightaway, revealing a wonderful hop balance and just the right malt backup. One bottle is decidedly not enough; unless as an aperitif with warm brie on a slice of baguette on the side.
- Fred Eckhardt
Minty hop notes meld with caramelized malts in the nose. The hops make their presence known right away, coating the palate with broad bitterness and a hard mineral tang. The hops drop back to reveal a somewhat thin dry center leading quickly into a very dry clean finish. This is a decent beer, cleanly brewed, though perhaps to a fault—it would be nice to taste some English malt character. Grilled shrimp would make a good partner.
- Garrett Oliver
ESB is a British term, a brand-name registered by Fuller’s brewery, a mile from my home in London. Fuller’s ESB is a beautifully balanced beer. So is Oasis, but much bigger and more assertive: earthy, leafy, garden-mint hop aroma; big malt background; slightly chewy, then grainy, then salty. Becoming leafy. Long, lingering hoppy dryness. To be followed by Rocky Mountain oysters.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Styleand Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.