SweetWater Motor Boat American ESB (5.6% ABV): Silver medal winner from the 2008 and 2009 Great American Beer Festivals, this American ESB pours a clear, dark amber color that proudly wears a crown of rich, off-white foam that laces nicely. Motor Boat has a sweet malt aroma with the unmistakable grapefruit bouquet of Cascade hops (this beer is actually dry-hopped with Cascade). This beer is medium-bodied with mild carbonation. One sip yields flavors of toasted grain, sweet caramel malt, very mild grapefruit. The flavors are excellently integrated and have a wonderful dry, crisp finish that includes a nice hops bitterness. Definitely not the Queen’s beer, this American ESB packs flavors that rebel against tradition but are delicious all the same.
- Suggested Pairings – All-American Pontoon Cheddar Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs
- Serving Temperature – 45-50 degrees F
- Glassware – Pint Glass