11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice ESB. Floral hoppy aroma. Medium amber colored with white head. Hops seem to take top billing with flavor and aroma but the malt bill is sufficient to balance this one out nicely!
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good reddish-brown color with a sligthly bitter malty flavor to it. Nothing strong or lasting, but enough there so that you really notice the flavor. Decent beer overall, but I wouldn’t rate it as one of alesmiths better beers.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NIcely played...Slight herbal and hop aromas...Dark amber color. Starts sweetly with frit esters...Good hop character present, add some rich maltiness...followeed by a ni9ce clean finish...Excellent beer
jonas (6019) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Herbal hop, caramel and session style spicyness.
Hazy orange brown, nice creamy cover.
Grassy and pine hop notes, a bit nut on a solid malt base,all nicely balanced.
Sparkly mouthfeel, slowly fading grassy hops.
Very nice and soothing my soul after having to pay 5$ for a SNPA at the conference reception this evening....
omhper (20606) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled draught at Stuffed Sandwich, Greater Los Angeles.
Nut brown, creamy head. Restrained sweetness. Deep pleasant malt character with well balanced flowery hop character and pleasant orangey finish with good bitterness. And here wai I thinking that AleSmith could only excel at weirdo over-the-top style beers, then they do the best non-cask bitter I’ve ever had...
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright copper with purple highlights.
Tons of fruity esters in the aroma accompanied by lots of toasted malts, a smoked woodiness and some spicy notes. Smells like a fruit shake.
Top is a gliding caramel and toffee sweetness. Unbelieveably smooth. Fruity hop flavor. Spicy, citrus-like notes. Moderate carbonation.
A great beer. Easily the best of the style I have ever had.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
nice copper color with white head.this esb has a very nice aroma.it has a very smooth body with a nutty after taste.excellent!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, earthy, grainy, slightly toasted aroma. Hazy amber color. Thin white determined head. Ample carbonation. Starts off soft, is a little thin in body, and finishs with a good hop bite. Has a distracting metallic/acrid after taste. Over all not bad but couldn’t hold a candle to Fuller’s.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fine off-white head on a hazy amber colored body with a red gleam. Nice creamy and hoppy aroma with nutty and AleSmith yeasty tones. Plenty of hops in the flavor as well again with that nice tone of nut. Reminds me a lot of their IPA, which isn’t a bad thing! Soft and very tasty!
SpringsLicker (3224) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Lord Gorlock for slipping this in to me under the noses of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Beautiful deep amber color with a thick white head.
Mellow nose of hops and malt in just the right proportions.
Nice malty flavor with a bit of bitterness in the background, makes this a real well done brew in a style that’s under appreciated in the U.S. We need more ESBs like this one.