An excerpt from the Vancouver Sun:
Steamworks brewmaster Conrad Gmoser acquired ESB pale malt for the project from Gambrinus Malting Corp. of Armstrong, a specialty malting operation that is the smallest of its kind in North America.
To that we added dark crystal malt, to ensure a coppery red hue in our finished beer and caramel toffee flavours, and amber malt, which has been toasted to enhance the “toasty and biscuity” flavours.
The inherent sweetness of the malt is further enhanced by carefully controlling the temperature of the mashing process, in which warm water is added to the crushed malt to create a variety of sugars from starch.
Some of the sugars were consumed by the yeast to create alcohol — a very important element in a newsroom beer — while others resist consumption and give the beer a residual sweetness.
Appropriate hops for the ESB style beer come almost entirely from Europe: Styrian Golding, for a subtle citrus aroma, and Challenger, which adds a touch of bitterness and a comforting earthiness.
To finish the brew with a taste of B.C. terroir, we obtained organic hops from Left Fields, the private hop farm run by Crannog Ales owners Brian and Rebecca MacIsaac.
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, - JAN 4, 2014
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the brewpub; not hard to find there apparently. Has a very faint malt aroma, with a decent copper body with no head. Flavour is strong nutty notes with a hint of burnt ash. Dry finish. It’s unbalanced, but almost there.
reebtogi (4183) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled during VCBW 2012 in Vancouver at the Salt Building pouring a pale amber color with a small white head that leaves some thin spotty lacing on the glass. Mild floral hop aroma with some hints of caramel and lightly toasted grains. Taste is a light malty sweetness with a bolder hop bitterness comprising citrus and earthiness. Light to medium body with mild carbonation. A well done beer for the style and quite tasty.
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