jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from foolish_mortal. looks like a bitter, with a light woody color and very clear. surprisingly fruity, with a lot of strawberry flavors as well. a little bit too fruity and acidic to be a perfect session beer, but definitely easy-to-drink. a good session beer anyway.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks a lot like iced tea. Small head lace. Light fruit aroma with some spicy hoppiness. Somewhat cirusy with a good malt backbone. Again it reminds me of iced tea with a lot of lemon.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strong bitter. Very good and worth trying. Floral hops and sweet maltiness. Does have a prominent bitter presence.
Pailhead (6248) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Foolish_Mortal thru a trade. Lots of caramel in the aroma with a nice flowery hop balance. Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a small white head. Flavor is mostly caramel with a nice flowery hop balance, just like the aroma. A light citrus character in the background in the finish. Caramel malt lingers into the aftertaste more so than the hop finish.
bu11zeye (12517) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with an average creamy off-white head. Aroma of toffee, pine, and alcohol. Flavor of caramel malt and mild hops. Nicely balanced.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice copper color with a creamy off white head. The aroma is a mix of malt and hop. Some sweet and slightly roasty malts and mild piney hop aromas. The flavor has a distinct creamy malt profile which is followed by a mild bitterness. Malt develops with some roasted character. The finish is light to medium bodied.
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with disapearing beige head. Hints of sweetnes in the aroma. Good balance bettween hops and malt. High drinkability. Soft and smooth with a good lingering aftertaste.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a pretty copper color with good (but not brilliant) clarity. Almost no head, which is typical of a good ESB. (See BJCP.org for style guildlines.) Rich in flavor, leaning more toward caramel malt, yet there’s a good balance of undetermined hoppiness. Overall, this is a superb ESB, just as I would expect from AleSmith.
quimist (3) - California, USA - APR 14, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smooth, honey, well balanced, goes down smooth. Thought it would be more hoppy. Would make for a good everyday beer.
SRBMOJO (6) - ALISO VIEJO, California, USA - APR 14, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very similar to an ESB I homebrewed, makes me feel a little better about my own brew. light head and lacing, nice copper orange color, not bad.