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RATINGS: 875   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2004
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 14, 2004
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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2004
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!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2004
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cal taff (1) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2004 does not count
22oz bottle. Reminded me of a traditional english bitter. Attractive colour, crisp not too hoppy, very drinkable, slips down.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 31, 2004
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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (969) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2004
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Great bitter, very smooth and well rounded. The hop/malt balance makes it a great beer to just relax with.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2004
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
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.


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