5.5% ABV, Bottle
Appearance: Clear, copper-amber in color, slightly tan medium head, good lacing.
Aroma: Sweet and bready malts along with fruity hops.
Taste: Malt forward with caramel, toffee, and toasted bread notes balanced with moderate citrus and floral hop flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rather light carbonation, slightly dry finish.
According to the trusty BJCP style guidelines, ESB (Extra Special Bitter) and Amber Ale are two different beer categories, so what gives with Saugatuck Brewing’s ESB Amber Ale? Upon closer inspection, however, it is revealed that ESB is considered to be a “rather broad style that allows for considerable interpretation by the brewer,” while Amber Ale offers a nice balance of malty sweetness with often citrusy hop flavors. Either style is eminently drinkable, and even if the Saugatuck folks couldn’t make up their mind what to call this beer, you’ll have no trouble deciding to have another glass of it.