Description: Brewed in honor of Canada Day 2015, this beer is the result of collaboration between four separate breweries – Garrison Brewing (NS), Microbrasserie Le Trou du Diable (QC), Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (ON) and Phillips Brewing in BC. The end result is an Imperial ESB combining pale malts and dry-hops to create a strong but subtle brew.
Tasting Notes: I do so love a good ESB and it was nice to see that Phillips latest limited release yielded one. As always, there’s the rich malts and notes of baked bread and syrupy goodness. There’s also the dry herbal flavor, which as always has the telltale quality of Pacific Northwest hops – with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit flavor. Happy Canada Day y’all!
Appearance: Dark amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malts, dry herbs, notes of citrus and passion fruit
Taste: Strong malt, caramel and sweet bread, dry-hop bitterness, mild citrus
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, herbs and citrus