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RATINGS: 823   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Caramel and grains with some roasty toasty malt. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4123) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2013
22oz bottle. Unfiltered looking hazy orange-red. Big off-white head, foamy, soapy. Fruity, malty aroma..pretty true to style. Caramel, crystal, amber malts. Relatively well balanced and a touch closer to English than most US versions. Leans a little too much into the Amber malt..you could call it an Amber and no one would blink an eye. OK, probably not one I’d buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Pours light orangish amber from 22oz bottle. Nose is sweet malty, grassy, herbal and some citrus. Body is very smooth where some orange zest comes through. Very drinkable

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6344) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Beautiful caramel/amber pour with a big foamy off white head. Smell is toffee, caramel, and biscuit. Mouthfeel is nice and zippy, herbs, toffee, and spice make up the flavor. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1048) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Bomber from Woodmans in Waukesha. Pours an orangey brown with an orange head leaving good lacing. Aroma has caramel, toast and sour fruits with some faint bitterness. Taste is of sweet subtle caramel malts, oranges, sour pitted fruits with an earthy base. Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and clean. Finishes slightly to the sweet side of bittersweet and subtly short. Very nice, tasty and smoothly understated.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2481) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2013
651 ml. bottle. Bottled 08/28/13. Pours a medium, ivory, well retained head, with some lacing, over a copper brown (SRM 18) body....nose is light caramel, hints of cocoa from the toasted malts, light pine from the hops, minimal fruit esters....taste is light cereal, hints of cocoa, tones of toffee/caramel from the malts, light citrus, pine from the hops leading to a dry, moderately bitter finish.....mouth feel light of medium, slight astringency, carbonation adds tingle and a clean mild acid finish. This is a nicely balanced beer, with very clean finish. It falls well into the style guidelines but seems a bit too toasted in the malts, and a bit too American in the hops. BJCP 7/3/14/5/7

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arkurzynski (1394) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Brown with garnet hues. Nose is dried meaty citrus fruit with toasted malt and caramel. Light rustic hops. Flavor is sweet caramel-covered fruit with toasted malt and finishes with herbal citrus bitterness. Earthy. Not my favorite style, but okay.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Barreras (849) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours a deep copper color with a caramel malt aroma. Taste is mildly sweet with a stong malt flavor. A slight bitterness to the beer, but clean nonetheless. A lasting bitterness on the palate after the swallow but overall clean and easy drinking.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroam brought notes of biscuit, bread, some slight caramel, hints of orange, slight grass, pine, finishing sweet. Taste is a mix of biscuit, bread, slight lemon, hints of orange, grass, touch of caramel, some sour grains, finishing fairly bitter, dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (2847) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Backlog. Bottle, pours hazy amber with one to two finger off white head, Notes of caramel, grains, toast, and biscuit malt. Finish is smooth and relatively complex for an ESB. Nice beer.


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