HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This ESB is very balanced and mild. Floral hop aroma, and fruity malt flavor. Copper colored with a small white head. Full bodied for an ESB.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2004 (Bottle) This complex and very intriguing ESB has a lot going on; It is fairly sweet and very fruity with a floral, moderately bitter hops that complements the maltiness but doesn't ever trample it; There are notes of vanilla in the finish and it has a strong yeasty and moderately soapy flavor that reminds me of my novice homebrewing efforts from years past; The nose is big and potent, filled with floral, fruity and yeasty aromas; Mouthfeel is carbonated and overly carbonated; Deep burnt amber color is clear, but there is a lot of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle; Huge, foamy, light tan head explodes when poured and as it dissipates, the Snap-Crackle-Pop sounds like Rice Crispies; Once things are under control, it has exceptional head retention but leaves no lacing
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alesmith tap room - Deep coppers and reds, beige creamy head. Nose is all about sweet citric hops, toast, caramel, and florals. Flavor adds notes of clover honey, grains, vanilla, and fruity hops. Nice balance and not cloying. Medium-bodied, creamy, soft carbonation, fruity dry finish. The English would be proud!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper with beige head. Nose is caramel, hops, vanilla, hot dog roll. Medium body. Flavor was characteristic of an English bitter but not as intense and successful. Not bad but not great.
cal taff (1) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Reminded me of a traditional english bitter. Attractive colour, crisp not too hoppy, very drinkable, slips down.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Light but steady foam tops a dark caramel-red body; quite clear. Caramel, orange, vanilla all present in the pleasing though light aroma. Fruity and somewhat vinous in body, with a light woodiness throughout. A hint of astringency at the end is a marring bit, but overall this is a quality ESB if not top-notch.
rajendra82 (969) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown 22 oz. bomber with a bit of information about the beer on the back side. The pour into a standard pint glass is deep reddish amber in color, and clear in texture with a light carbonation level forming a small head. The aroma is malty with notes of honey, and a delicate flowery hoppyness. The taste is very mild with sweet caramel malts, a decent dose of bittering citric English hops, and a touch of roasted nuts. Smooth and soothing on the palette with a medium creamy thick body that has a dry aftertaste. Very sessionable beer that I wish I could get my hands on more often.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great bitter, very smooth and well rounded. The hop/malt balance makes it a great beer to just relax with.
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 (2044) - 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.