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 (1664) - 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 (3239) - 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 (3432) - 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.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Easy drinkable Esb. Light not very bitter. Malty and hoppy nice balance of flavors. Finishes crisp and clean.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.