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RATINGS: 842   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Another hoppy beer from here. More malt syrup flavors with some caramel. Seemed more bold for a bitter, but still well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3239) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 30, 2003
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Slightly fruity and floral nose. Very pretty light auburn appearance. Easy drinking, smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness is not readily apparent, and the malt chewiness one would expect in an esb is nowhere to be found. Yet it is a fairly tasty ale, but nowhere near the excellence of their IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2003
Easy drinkable Esb. Light not very bitter. Malty and hoppy nice balance of flavors. Finishes crisp and clean.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
Heed the advice to "pour slowly", else foam-over extravaganza is the result. Once it settled down it was nice to look at in the glass, with an enticing, fruity malty aroma. Malt is the strength but floral hops weighs in as well. End result is a distinctive version of the style that is easy to drink and quite enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2003
A nice cloudy golden amber body with a thin, white head. The aroma begins to show the nice balance of malt and hops found in this beer. Slightly sweet with hints of nuts and whole grains. The hops provide a definite bitterness in the nose. They're not really citrusy or piney, although there are elements of both, but the aroma really seems to show more hop bitterness than anything else. Very easy drinking: smooth and velvety on the way down. Balance again defines the flavor. The malt is grainy and nutty, the hops are only slightly bitter, and then there is a pleasant light fruit addition as well. This beer just tastes like its well crafted. A pleasure to drink.


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