ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2004 2003 bottle. Great reddish-copper with some lighter yellows and oranges. Small off-white head that lingers on throughout much of the beer. Good amount of lacing. Hazy and bottle conditioned! I would theorize that you can judge most bitters by their aroma. This one has smells of sweet nuttiness, caramel malt, nice medium-dry floral hops. Delicate but strong. Begins with a mix of lightly bitter hops which are beautifully wedded to a lovely caramel malt. Floral spiciness apparent throughout and bottle conditioning provides for a unique peppery texture due to natural carbonation to give the beer a little bite. Not seein much fruit, maybe some apricots and light peaches towards the finish. Medium body, dripping with quality. Subtle. Maybe a slight astringency on the end of the finish due to more hops than malt, but nothing substantial.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starts a clear red-brown and turns hazy with the addition of the second half of the bottle. Soft orangy malt, pine, caramel and honey dance closely in the aroma. Lively carbonation on the tongue; strong flavoured malt is not overpowering, but very flavourful and offers vanilla, cherry, some fresh grains and nuts. The hop presence is more subtle and has some bubble gum, sap, tea leaves and other lighter flavours that escape me. . . a very solid beer and a wonderful ESB - keeps true to the English ones and offers some interesting notes of its own. Jokes you are a peach for bring this back from your trip to OC.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A lightly chill-hazed ruby-amber-copper color that is topped by a tan head. Aromas of caramel malt and subtle hop aromas. Perfectly carbonated for a beer called ESB, nice and light. Malty with some toasted malt/ biscuit notes. Lightly sweet in the finish, accompanied by a pleasing bitter hop finish. Pretty well balanced leaning perhaps a bit more to the hop side of the spectrum. A nice session beer, that I would love to sample from the cask. There is a very nice pleasing fruitiness that expresses itself as the beer warms up. I was very impressed by this beer, shows a sense of balance & subtlety that is too often overlooked by many American micros.
JoeM500 (1903) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 "Mother Fuggles", this is one beautifully hopped beer. Smooth and rich, the malts are caramelly and fruity, the expertly balanced hops are bitter and very piney. Long and tasty, leaves a fruity and piney aftertaste that lasts several minutes. This is SO WONDERFUL!!!! Yum, thanks herbjones, I’m sending you lots of beer in celebration.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours slightly cloudy copper color with a small white head. Toffee malt aroma with plentiful grapefruit and pine hops. Flavor is caramel malt, citrus fruits and tangy hops with a lingering tart finish. Mouthfeel is nice, medium body with a perfect carbonation. A fine ale from Alesmith.
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another hoppy beer from here. More malt syrup flavors with some caramel. Seemed more bold for a bitter, but still well done.
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber-another pretty good brew from alesmith. for an esb, this was right on for the style. buttery/malty aroma, light carbonation, copper color. malty and earthy hop flavor. nice palate, pretty full for the style.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich malts with a sweet base. Sweetish hops provide some nice aromas: floral and aromatic. Moderate carbonation. Finished bitter and sweet. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear bronzed amber color with a small white head. Mild malt, floral melons, cut grass, and acorns aroma. I am still somewhat surprised by how smooth and refreshing some of these beers called bitter can be, and this one is especially so. A slight caramel taste, floral hops with some fruit. Very good, refreshing and smooth.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown color and very clear. Nice off-white head with excellent lacing. Aroma is very fruity with hints of malt. Flavor has a nice bitter bite and balanced well with hop bitterness. Medium body.