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RATINGS: 824   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bright copper color, sparkling clarity, and good foam retention when properly served. Appealing Brussels lace. Deep toasty/caramelly malt balanced by spicy/fruity hop flavors accented by fruit esters resulting from fermentation with a championship yeast strain. The aroma is subtle and reflects the flavor with malt, hop and fruit (ester)/fermentation characteristics. Smooth, medium-bodied. Easy drinking with no harsh or astringent sensations.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2003
Clear copper with a thin white lacy head and a pleasant, lightly bitter aroma. Great caramel malt character with a touch of toasted malt and moderate bitterness. Flavor is smooth, sweet and clean. One of the best bitters I have had.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hophound (23) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2003
Very attractive crystal clear amber colored ale. Slight hop aroma. Very subtle light bodied ale. Carmel malt flavor with a light hop follow through. A very smooth beer but a bit to subtle for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2003
Amber in color. Malty, sweet hoppy nose. I am tasting lots of lemon zest in here with somewhat of a bite as well. Very smooth to drink with a full mouthfeel. Nothing "sharp" about this beer; all of the flavors meld together.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
Caramel-toffee! Beautiful color, nice slightly-offwhite head, just and excellent bitter. I'm more of a fan of Belgian ales, but I must admit this is a superb ESB. Without a doubt, one of the best bitters I've even had. Smooooooooth as silk.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2003
Nice amber beer. Beautiful to look at and a very pleasant drink. I took my first sip while it was still in the bottle then took the second from a pinter. Subtle improved flavor and nose from the pint. Nice rich beer with a nice bite. Could use a pinch more hops but that's coming from a huge hop head. Oh...A bit pricey. Ouch!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 10, 2003
Bottle. Dark brown amber color with a laced tan head. Toasted malt aroma and flavor with little else (in style). A bitter quick bite that quickly rolls off the flavor palate after a solid malt tour de force.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 6, 2003
Very light head on it with rich copper color. Fruity and a bit of hop, but the malt is a nice rich flavor to balanace it out. Not what I was expecting, but a very nice ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2003
Sort of bitter in a piney way. This is no bitter, I'd call it an APA with the amount of hops in this. Comes in a damn big bottle! A bit of an oily mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2003
Not much of a head on this one with only slight lacing in the glass. Reminds me alot like Fullers ESB. Has that English thing going on just not as bitter as an English ESB. Overall nice tasting beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 An orangey perfume with sweet cookie malt crumbs...Bread dough pilgrims migrate to a plentiful baccate land...Very drinkable, but somewhat lacking in malt structure...


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