piscator34 (2269) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange/amber in colour with a slightly lower than average carbonation level. Aromas are quite fruity from both the yeast and the fruity-floral English (maybe Goldings) hops. There’s a good balance between the caramel malt and hop flavors, and some additional mineral and yeast notes too. The mouth feel is quite unusual: very smooth and rounded... almost salty, but not overly heavy. It was great with steak.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a darker copper with a frothy cream-colored head. Aroma of malts and yeast. Taste is a lighter ESB, with a pleasant bitterness. Stong malt and yeast make for a crisp bite with an easy aftertaste. Doubles as a great marinade for streaks.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2010 Reddish-bronze with a fine head and light carbonation. Great, precise malt/grain characteristics blend seamlessly with crisp, even bitterness and a touch of kettle caramelization. A grand achievement in a seemingly simple ESB. Few beers of this style possess the clear, calculated flavors and overall freshness found here.
fordest (2362) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still not an ESB fan. This is better than most right up there with Rogue Brutal Bitter, but still not an ESB fan. Clear copper pour with almost no head. Aromas were malty with some toffee notes. Flavors were dryer with a bit of hops finish, bu mostly caramel malts. Acceptable beer
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper body with a fading, off-white head. Notes of caramel and toast with a hint of fruit in the nose. Flavor is fresh with nice hop-malt balance, good bitterness, and some light, cleansing acidity. A standard, solid American ESB. Thanks DarkElf.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A mild sweet fruit aroma. Body looked amber to me but was at a dimly lit pub. Good head and above average lacing on glass. Detected mosly a fruit flavor and that for beer with bitter in the name beer was clean on the palate not overbitter. Refreshing brew.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Light copper color with very little head and light lacing. The nose is very perfumey with light floral hops and creamy malt notes. The flavor is balanced, a bit light but it blends well with the nose. A nice traditional ESB without any over bitterness.
xenthem0nk (101) - Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours copper. First things first, although this looked like it was have alot of spark to the mouthfeel from the bubbles, it was surprisingly smooth. Okay, the nose was spicy hops, some malt sweetness a bit as well. Flavor was not as full as the nose, mainly hoppy with sweet undertones. No big deal. Very drinkable and refreshing, but I expected more from Alesmith.
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice deep copper color to this beer with a good size off white head. It leaves behind a nice lacing down the glass. The aroma has that roasted maltiness to it with some toffee and brown sugar as well. The flavor was impressive with the maltiness coming through first, with a little bit of hops coming through as well. This was a very enjoyable brew.
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rich honey amber with an off-white head. Malty/caramel aroma. Toffee/caramel flavor with some citrus hop and spice. Medium body and easy drinking. Not a bad take on an ESB.