Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe I just got a bad bottle, but I didn't think this was nearly as great as everyone else seems to think. I mean, it's good, but not outstanding, IMO.
Pours an amber color with very little head and less lacing.
Aroma is of dark fruits and hops.
Taste is also of dark fruits and hops.
Mouthfeel is good for style; nice mineral feel to it. Overall it's not bad, but not great.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the finest looking ales ever. Watch out when you pour it though. They do absolutely nothing to filter their beers and God bless 'em for it. A beautiful frothy head sits atop a deep amber body. Extremely easy-drinking but with a substantial body that makes one aware how much of the grainbill was crystal malt. I think the brewer told me he used three different lovibonds: 85, 45 and 15, if I'm not mistaken. The bitterness is perfectly balced with a rich maltiness. Another wonderfully hand-crafted ale by a brewery that, "For the Love of all that is Holy", should start distributing in other states, especially NM. I believe you said your name was Pete, before you got me and my fiancee drunk,... Thanks for the awesome tour and I pray that I may one day reach your level of brewing ability.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice copper hue with a lasting off-white foamy head and very good lace. The floral aroma hints of roasted malt, caramel, apple, nuts, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is that of smooth nutty malts, mild fruity zing, and lightly bitter hops. The finish has a minor pepper tone with a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth, soft, and dry. A high quality ESB and surprising not aggressively hopped (which is a good thing). A classic version of the ESB genre. Very recommended.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
glowing bright red color, bright white head. Burnt cedar aroma, sweet light hops. Sweet and malty with some toasty flavors, a solid body, a great ESB.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2003 I had to have a few of these before I could put my finger exactly on what was happening. I usually don't care for ESB's, but this was nice. Smooth caramel taste along with tangy hops. Nice malty finish along with hint of cherry(?). MMMMM
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 (3810) - 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 (1906) - 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.