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RATINGS: 844   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Bright copper color, sparkling clarity, and good foam retention when properly served. Appealing Brussels lace. Deep toasty/caramelly malt balanced by spicy/fruity hop flavors accented by fruit esters resulting from fermentation with a championship yeast strain. The aroma is subtle and reflects the flavor with malt, hop and fruit (ester)/fermentation characteristics. Smooth, medium-bodied. Easy drinking with no harsh or astringent sensations.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (653) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
This good looking beer has a beautiful amber color and pours with a thick creamy head. It has a mild aroma. It has a really nice smokey malt flavor and is easy to sip. Paired nicely with a creamy herb cheese and toast. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2014
Heard lots of good things, but ultimately I was rather let down by this beer. Somewhat soapy taste with none of the deeper roasts, caramels being at the forefront. I was hoping for a more, full bodied affair.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12562) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
Bottle at Beer Hunters. Clear ruby color, good beige head. Aroma has spiceyness and berries. Medium-bodied, lots of carbonation. Berries, wood, nuts in the flavor. Not the most traditional Esb. Perharps not so fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (603) - - MAR 23, 2014
2014 bottle to a tulip glass. Pours a brilliant, crystal clear dark copper/amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is malty and bready with a touch of candied dark fruit and a bit of grassy hops. Taste is big toasty malt flavor with a roasty bitterness at the end. The grassy hops flavor builds on the tongue as you drink but is minimal. A thin-medium, slightly slick, mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbeatdano (56) - - MAR 8, 2014
Poured from bottle. Pour - Pours amber red with a thick foamy head. Aroma - roasted caramel malt, touch of hops, very subtle aroma. Taste - Bitterness immediately hits first followed by very pronounced malt flavor with caramel and raisins buried in the malt taste. Kind of reminds me of raisin bread. Palate - Slick mouthfeel with barely any fizz. Light bodied. I really liked this beer. Big fan of how malty this is and how the bitterness does not overpower the rest of the brew. Definitely a good, sipper while unwinding after work.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2044) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2014
@ Jungle Jims / Eastgate OH --- Hazy dark reddish orange with a quick to settle 1" off-white head, splotches of lace. Taste is way out of the ordinary - starts with nutty malt, adds fizz and bitters midway through the palate, then becomes dry and chalky, taking on the taste of unsweetened ice tea. I would never blind taste this as an ESB. I expected more from Alesmith (where all of the brews are supposed to be outstanding).

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper with white head, settles quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, nutty, toasted, mild vegetal, light hops. Taste is big nutty, toffee, sweet malt. Caramelized sugar, with a nutty finish, slight fruitiness. Mild hop bitterness, subtle and pleasant. Drinkable and enjoyable. Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, and crisp texture.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheHOFF43 (1752) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Tap at Alesmith. Pours a dirty orange with tons of caramel on the nose and tongue. Smooth, balanced but lacking anything great.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (431) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2014 On tap into a 4oz shaker. This starts with very mild aromas of caramel as well as some light berry notes and a light floral note, but nothing very strong. It pours a clear honey orange color with a light orange head that retains well, but leaves no lace. The taste is medium-light bitter with a light sweetness. It’s a light bodied beer with a smooth, slick texture and a soft carbonation. It finishes mostly malty with a clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (7607) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, getreidig, Karamell, Citrus. Geschmack malzig bitter, Karamell, leicht schokoladig.


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