My bad, I misread your post to mean that you had used American hops as well. I actually like a small amount of US hops to compliment the UK varieties in an ESB. Centennial, Meridian and Caliente have all done really well for me alongside EKG's.I'm the last person to be a stickler for style, but you brewed an American Pale Ale with UK malts. British ale yeast is the hallmark of ESB character, and it's not really going to be recognizable as an ESB with US-05 (or American hops)I went with 150 ppm SO4 on my last ESB and while the mineral profile was ok, I didn't care much for the beer itself. I think it was more recipe based.
Yeah this is a collaboration type brew with a buddy. It's mostly UK ingredients but we decided on US05 for yeast and more of an American type hop schedule (I think?). I am using a lot of ingredients that I am not familiar with so I don't really know what to expect or how good it will be.
As far as the water profile goes, most ESB's have at least a moderate minerality. I think 200-300ppm of sulfate is what you need to really capture that authentic flavor. Of course, I'd rather brew to my tastes and keep it at 150ppm of sulfate, with about 80-100ppm of chloride.
Using ekg, fuggle and palisade hops so I think the yeast is more of the hang up.
No worries. When I mentioned 'American hop schedule' I can see where that caused confusion. I mainly meant that it is hopped more like an APA as far as addition times and amounts. So yes, this is basically an APA with UK malt and hops. I find the palisade hops to be englishy with some grassy notes and light stone fruit qualities.