Propeller Brewing Company Extra Special Bitter

Well I am trying something new today from Propeller brewing in Halifax Nova Scotia.  Propeller Bitter has a nice off-white head and a lovely brown colour.  The aroma is moderately intense a little bit citrus and bitter.  The mouthfeel is very dry and bitter.

This bitter is a new style of beef for me, so I am not quite sure what to make of it.  I have only tried VB (Victoria Bitter) from Australia (blech!) and well, that’s it.  It seems that this style of beer doesn’t really occur around here very often.

I think it certainly has its place.  The flavour is very full, dry and refreshing.  There are some underlying pale-ale type caramelly flavours, but they are overpowered.

This beer also left lovely foam rings on my glass, and it has a nice full body, and overall the drink is quite satisfying.

What I don’t like is the aftertaste.  At the end of each sip there is a nice bitter taste, but then a lingering aftertaste that brings this drink’s score down a notch or two.

Some people might be turned off by the name, because it is called “bitter.”  I think it is still worth a try.   The name (by definition..) is just semantics.  For example, most people would prefer a dry wine over a sweet one, and I would sort of describe the taste of this beer as having a very “dry” taste.

[xrr rating=3.25/5]

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