Troeg’s ESB Golden PromiseSeptember 1, 2000 Tröegs Brewing Co
Tröegs Brewing Co
Available: PA, VA, MD
This ESB (extra special bitter) is brewed with pale, crystal and roast malts, and Entennial, Fuggle and Goldings hops. It reflects the brewing backgrounds of the brewery’s two brother-owners, with one trained in Colorado and one in Sunderland, England.
Original gravity: 1058
The gods have certainly smiled on this correspondent, giving him another fine beer to savor. Grand color, great aromatics, and fine delivery! This beer gives the drinker just what it promises: great taste and satisfaction in the glass. Worth a trip to Pennsylvania where to simply sit, enjoy, and cogitate the meaning of life, perhaps listening to the cool, friendly clicking of the head. But you'll have to pour carefully or you'll miss that treat. Good work, Troeg!
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer is bright amber with a short-lived tan head. The aroma is slightly spicy/hoppy with some fruity notes—a touch of mango. The palate is full-bodied and round, with malt sweetness showing through broad, tongue-coating bitterness. The finish is dry and sharp, with bitterness lingering cleanly. Well-brewed and robust, though the bitterness fairly overwhelms most of the malt character, and I’d prefer more hop aroma. Still, if you’re a hophead, this beer delivers bitterness with a solid malt backbone. Enjoy it with some sausages and sharp cheddar.
- Garrett Oliver
Creamy head, in both color and texture. Medium to full amber-red color. Piquant touch of hop in the aroma, but more malt emphasis. A relatively full-bodied example of the style. More malt emphasis in the palate, too. Smooth, with a clean, toffeeish, faintly raisiny maltiness. Gradually revealing a robust hop bitterness. Big, clear, very expressive, lively flavors. An excellent ESB.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and 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.