dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lives up to its name as an ESB. Has a definite bite to it. Best Alaskan beer Iíve had so far. Canít wait to go back to my homestate and drink it like a native.
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is truly nice ale. Not much of a head but a very fruity nose, which smells like kiwi, watermelon and fresh Alaskan air. It also sports a good flavor, which smells very much like the aroma with the extra special bitter. One of the few Iíll buy again. All you beer coinsures need to try it out.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel malt nose and flavour with some hop bitterness to balance. This is one of the top US ESBs that I have tried.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Poured reddish copper with a head that started around 30% of the volume and remained sturdy for several minutes. Nice citric aroma. Decent hopped flavors, yet well malted. Good beer.
chispito (21) - California, USA - AUG 17, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff. My family went on vacation to Alaska, I stayed home and worked. This was my consolation, and let me tell you, I feel better already. Absolutely gorgeous deep red color with a nice tan head. Smells hoppy.
"Bitter" is a harsh word, really. I would say instead that itís sweet and hoppy, with a wonderful, yummy fullness. Hmmm... only five left.
danfosha (50) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice copper amber color. Head disappeared quickly. Orange on the aroma, very smooth going down. Sweetness on the tale end of the finish. I havenít liked many ESBís, but this I would come back to readily. Poured this from a bottle I brought back from a trip to Alaska. Seemed to travel well.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Loved it, what is there I can say. One of the best ESBís I have tried, but still deosnít compare to england bitters.
ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definetly top three of ESBís Iíve tried
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JUN 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep ruby brown color with a thin light beige head. The nose was fresh and pungent with flowery hops and a huge buttery maltiness. The Taste started with a zip of citrusy orange, not as floral as anticipated by the aroma. A hint of caramel sweetness arrives with a slight buttery edge. The end brings a firm dose of hops finishing it off nicely. The feel was medium/thin, but the beer was extremely drinkable. This would be the perfect session beer as the taste is more than interesting enough to hold your attention.
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - AUG 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a copper color with a decent straw colored head that sticks around for a while. Aromas are hoppy, metalic and not as citrusy or flowery as some others, but appealing non the less. The taste is good and the mouthfeel lingers. It has a fullness, not watery and is quite nicely dry...no sweet aftertastes that I donít like. One of my Alaskan favorites. It would be good to put this one in a taste-off with the Sockeye Red IPA and the Alaskan Pale Ale.