Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Elysian Brewing Co. - The Wise ESB
ESB fit for a Goddess.
Elysian Brewing Co. crafts a number of brews as bold and brash as the labels on them. Athena, the Goddess of wisdom graces the bottle of this Northwest-style heavy-on-hops ESB. So hoppy in fact that its in danger of becoming an IPA if not for the strong smoky body provided by the Cara-hell and Belgian malts. Not overly flowery, like some hoppy beers, it has a toasted orange peel finish that is pleasant on the tongue. With a bit of a kick at 5.9%, its still an easy-drinker. In fact, this ESB is one of my favorites and a wise choice by any definition! The Wise would go well with a Buffalo Burger piled with Roquefort crumbles and sliced red onions on a Kaiser roll.