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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (1929) - 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 (919) - 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 (1749) - 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 (377) - 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 (7169) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, getreidig, Karamell, Citrus. Geschmack malzig bitter, Karamell, leicht schokoladig.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Orange-brown appearance with a large head. Strong aroma of caramel. The flavor is also predominately caramel, smooth and easy drinking.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (3551) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a moderate light tan head on it. Nose is quite malt forward, with a little bit of caramel and toasting in there. I also get some earthiness in there, as well. Taste is a bit odd - slightly bitter up front, but finishes with what seems like a slightly sweetened iced tea. Not bad, but not something I would seek out again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Awktoberfest (294) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Quite good! Beautiful color... Seriously a absolute perfect pub beer...so easy to drink with almost abut of fruitiness in addition to its commercial description... So good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1499) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
From notes verbatim on 11/5/10 A: Deep cherry brown with low visibility. Low cream atop as a fine foam. S: Nice. Vanilla, cara pils, honey. Very ESB. T: Good early bitter hops. Nice roasty flavor at end. I like. M: Thicker than I had anticipated for an ESB, but not bad. Fine lively carbonation. D: Good beer if was served around here I would drink. Serving type: bottle 03-07-2011

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Clean ruby amber with big head. Malt and hop aroma. Butterscotch and caramel malt taste. Clean and smooth.

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