E.S.Chi is an herb beer from Marin Brewing Company. I couldn’t find anything on their website, but it appears that this beer comes in around 5.5% ABV.
E.S. Chi is made with an Extra Bitter Beer base from Marin Brewing Company and a proprietary blend of herbs, specially prepared by Master Herbalist Yen-Wei Choong, Lie. Ac. Dr. Choong is the director of Yellow Emperor Natural Healing Center and Zen Garden: Chinese Healing Herbs San Anselmo, CA.
This beer pours a copper color with amber highlights. The half-inch head fades quickly, leaving behind very little lacing.
This was one of the most interesting beers I’ve ever smelled. I picked up notes of bread, cinnamon, coffee and green tea. Odd…
The oddity of this brew continues with the taste. E.S.Chi essentially tastes like a thicker, cold green tea. I also picked up spicy notes and hints of lemongrass. There’s a refreshing effervescence that usually isn’t found in beer that I quite enjoyed.
Mouthfeel is light with a drying that isn’t intrusive. The liquid clings to the inside of your mouth and makes it feel as if you’re actually drinking tea.
This is an interesting beer. I could see this being huge with the “hippy” culture, but it’s not something I could drink every day. I would imagine that E.S.Chi would be a great way to finish off a tasty meal or while relaxing with a good book.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10
As an HERB/SPICE BEER: 7.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Dogfish Head MIDAS TOUCH, Great Lakes GREEN TEA ALE, Humboldt HEMP ALE