Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As with all the AleSmith I have tried, it is a fine, well above-average brew. Would definitely drink it again. An excellent entry level beer.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first ESB, smells like a double IPA but with a sweet tinge to it. Deep copper coloration. The hoppy smell, and unhoppy taste tricks the palate. Not too bitter, but just right. Floral, sweet, and slight fruit notes.
DanielBrown (3924) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from Vendome Liquors, North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Ginger red/brown, with a tasty caramel aroma, beige, small head and webbed lacing. Pretty mild tasting, but pleasant bitter. Soft mouthfeel, with a malty, slightly metallic bitter finish, which is short and rounded. Slightly hoppier than the British beers it’s based on, and sweeter too. I liked this one.
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, foggy copper color with a frothy off-white head. What an aroma!! Super malty, with a hint of hops. Nice sweet flavor, slightly bitter, and great finish. What a beer! Bought this 22oz bottle at Beverages and More in San Diego!
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite beer on tap... in fact it's on tap in my living room! I super tasty session (for me) beer. Mellow aroma of sweet grains and a hint of fresh hops. Taste is just lovely, sweet english ale type body, fresh spicy noble-yet-west-coast kind of hop flavor, dry finish and pleasent aftertaste. Can't drink enough of this stuff! Thank you Peter, I'm in love with this beer.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a great deep copper, slightly cloudy, with a medium head that shrinks fast leaving a thick lace and a small head for the remainder. Spicy/fruity aroma, much like a cider. Flavor hits on malt, fruit and maybe chocolate. Overall, a very nice mix with a medium body and great texture. Another great beer from AleSmith.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ESBs have never been among my favorite styles of brew, often too bland and unmemorable, but I give everything it's chance and soldier on, investigating my first Alesmith bomber...
Appearance: dull red color, fairly tight white head.
Aroma: slightly citric, fruity, but otherwise arid.
Taste: niiiiiice, and tangy, zippy, fruity, very much enjoyed.
Light to medium body, decent finish, good, tangy texture.
Sweet, fruity taste rings through and through the length of the large bottle's contents. A surprising treat, though I've heard so many good things about Alesmith, I shouldn''t have been shocked. One of the best ESBs to have met my lips!
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours cloudy amber, small milky white head, light carbonation, average lacing. Light aromas, hard cider (strongbow perhaps), & sweet malts. Flavor is toasted malt, slight sour milk, grains, & fruit. Finish is slightly nutty. Either this bottle was a bit past prime, or its a bit over-rated.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours out a red amber color with no head at all. smells slightly of hops and fruits. malty as hell! a little presence of hops in the taste, and a rich sweet aftertaste. this is a really good bitter. my first and not last alesmith product. next will be SS. mmm
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an elegant amber with a nice reverse cascade. Big frothy lingering head finally dissolving to a sheet of lace. Aroma is slightly malt and fruit, flavour opens malty sweet with some apple notes, middle well balanced hops and malt and a bit metalic, with a dry hop finish and aftertaste. Mouth feel is smooth and drinkable.