jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at the Great Arizona Beer Festival in Phoenix. Nice aroma and nicely hopped.
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very thick looking brown texture. The aroma is like i just smelt a pecan pie that has cooled down to room tempature. Flavor consists of brown sugar, pecan, with some spciy hops. Nice overall but i’d like a actual head and more hops on this to make it worth the cost.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hazy amber beer with an orange head. The aroma is very hoppy on a subdued sweet background. The flavor is hoppy and flowery.
madsberg (10595) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Orange coloured. Clear. Beige medium sized head. Lastning. Hops, hops, hops and hops in the aroma. Notes of fruit and malt tries to compete with the hops. Some spices, fruit and hops in the flaovur. Rather sweet. Is very well bitter in the end. Nice one. Thanks to Jeppe for sharing yet another good one.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2005 (update) Cakey off-white ring of head. Toasted grain aroma with melted toffee, nuts, rotten apple, and soggy hop leaves. Soft, natural carbonation, but seriously lacking in fullness. Initial tingle of acidity and slick fruitiness hampers the body, which prevents the malts from latching on to the palate and lending more much-needed thickness to the flimsy body. Midway, the flavor takes on a soft butter toffee accent along with some minerally and grainy harshness, but the wateriness remains, as does the overt fruitiness. Distant earthy hop twang fails to take shape. Simplistic, dull, and wet finish, yet with a flash of dryness, as well, from the firm toastiness, while “off” alcoholic flavors of varnish and rotten apples pull through amid malt-inhibiting apple fruitiness and melon seeds. Surprisingly unsatisfactory and far too fruity and not nearly malty enough. I couldn’t even finish the second-half of the bottle, which was purchased from a closed case at the brewery, btw. Within the last year or two (did Skip V take his champion yeast with him???), something has gone seriously awry at AleSmith. By the judging of this alone, my mind has some serious doubts.
Rich coppery peach. Loose, semi-rocky light beige foam. Mild flowery hop fragrance is bolstered by perfumey air, caramel, and refined malts. Malts are rich and bready with a light dusting of brown sugar. Fluffy, feathery carbonation. Soft, yet dull on the palate. Airiness cuts the powdery malt flavors right away, giving way to persistently rich caramel. Hard minerals and brisk malt components add more firmness to the body which are then softened by flowery hop notions. Lightly sugared caramel malt flavors somewhat sweeten the brew amid a tasty interplay of roasted nuts, caramel, a drying mineral feel and gentle flowery hop notions. Finishes remarkably balanced, dry, and firmly stony, yet with a thinning body with flashes of caramel and flowery, earthy hops. Yeast pour punctuates the caramel while softening the body and adding more chalkiness. This epitomizes balance and complexity for a low-gravity ale. Its only downside is the subtle acidity, fizzy carbonation, and watery body. Just shy of spectacular. (8,4,8,3,17)
jsquire (3667) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty amber color out of the bottle with a HUGE off-white head (I think the bottle was over carbonated). Nose had some hops in it but mostly pit fruit. Nice fruity flavor with apricot and berry sweetness to it. Nice balance. Good session beer.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is piney hops with a solid maltiness. Flavor is hoppy followed by mlat that false just short of perfect balance. Very nice ESB.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color with a bountiful cloudy head. Pale citrus aroma, hints of malt and maple syrup. Smooth slightly bittersweet flavor. Not zesty, mild nice and mellow. Leaves a somewhat dry finish. Expected a bold, drop on your head beer but found a big hammer instead. Still a nice beer.
PorterPounder (5952) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange to light brown appearance, slightly hazy with a thin, tight white head, decent lacing. Aroma has some mild citrusy and spruce notes with some toffee maltiness. Flavor is like a mild overhopped IPA - if there is such a thing. Decent hop bitterness with the usual citrusy notes - but not tongue numbing, but it has no "spark" to it. Overall, a decent ESB, and I would kill to get this brand on the East Coast - but just did not blow me away.
Aurelius (4570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brownish, tea-colored beer. Lime-ish, fruity hop and tea aroma with a little butterscotch. Pretty well balanced, hoppy, but not as aggressive as I’d expected from the hoppy aroma. A bit piney, a little astringent. Palate is vacant. Finish is tart. This isn’t bad, but it’s over-rated.