After a month away from writing (midterms suck big time), I thought I would post about Alley Kat Brewing’s newest Big Bottle. The Bitter Truth ESB is an English style session brewed with British Maris Otter malts. At 4.9% ABV, The Bitter Truth is actually a bit boozy for this style. Before I go ahead and dig into this one, I must mention that  I absolutely love the name of this beer.

Pouring out a bright, sparkly copper and highlighted with redy amber notes.  A thick, dense finger of yellowish head dies slowly leaving alot of big bubbles and a few rings of sticky lacing on the glass. Some light carbonation is present in the body. The nose is sweet and mildly malted with notes of caramel, toffee, grass, floral hops and some light citrus fruit notes. A lovely mild nose with a prominent hop aroma.

My first sip has nice caramel and bready notes in the middle with some light sweetness. The finish has an interesting hop affect; not much citrus, grass clippings, floral, pine and a mild but lingering astringency. The Bitter Truth good clean taste throughout with a really solid balance between the Maris Otter malt backbone and the prominent hop throughout. Overall, this is as good an ESB as many of the common British breweries produce.

Overall, The Bitter Truth is simply a really solid and well executed session Bitter. Kudos  Alley Kat.
Grade:B+

Next Review: Mikkeller Ris A La M’Ale

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