Breakfast Beer Tasting: Hopshackle ESB
The basics: It’s a standard 500ml, bottle conditioned and weighs in at 4.8%. It poured dark amber with good carbonation and a large beige head. There was quite an aroma of toasted malt and caramel.
Taste: Medium bodied. There was an initial taste of caramel and some fruit, but mainly it’s toasted malt and a little astringent bitterness.
Finish: Short. A quick burst of medium bitterness.
Conclusion: Disappointing. There’s nothing particularly special about this Extra Special Bitter. One for the milkman.