loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful ESB. Restrained hop bitterness backed up by a rounded sweet maltiness. This is a quality brew that I think Bud drinkers would actually enjoy immediately. It's one of those beers that tastes colder than it actually is (what causes that?), and it's crisp finish is incredibly thirst quenching...this is the ultimate session beer!
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2003 Great bitter. Carbonation is subtle and creamy. This is my benchmark ESB.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Carmel in color, with lace around the rim. Sweet flavor, not much hops, but for an ESB its perfect. Good Bitter.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2003 Amber/brown with generous head and good lacing. Sweet nutty/toffee malts; palate is soft but medium bodied. hops are nearly perfectly balanced for this style - a very easy drinking session ale. (thanks jcalabre)
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The nose is lightly malty, lightly yeasty. Nice hop presence. Not overdone as with many Southern California ales. Smokey, perfumey and floral.
Big, frothy, khaki head with excellent lacing. Mostly lasting. Cloudy dark, gold/amber hue.
Very malty and just an afterthought of sweetness (clover honey) up front. Moderately malty and slightly hoppy on the backside. Nicely balanced. But, quite malty, not sweet, in the end.
Soft carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Lightly pungent and very, very dry finish. Excellent ESB. Malt Heads step forward.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2004 This could possibly be my favorite extra special bitter, and it really is extra special. These guys at alesmith sure do a damn fine job of making a quality brew. It had a great malt flavor, with a good amount of unique hops. I'm just glad that i got to enjoy it out of the tap at their fine establishment.
PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - SEP 20, 2002
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding example of an ESB. Not overpowered with Pacific Northwest hops. One of the finest examples Iíve tried next to Fullerís.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color leaning pink (??!!). A basic, mild aroma. The flavor is nicely balanced between malt and hops/sweet and bitter -- too nicely balanced. It doesnít kick. Itís a nice, pleasant session beer that just isnís sharp enough for me.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange. Hoppy nose. Good oily texture, burnt-like hoppy flavors. Nice bitter.
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a very good beer, one which only becomes better served on cask. nicely balanced, with good toasty/biscuity malt balanced joyfully by fruity hops.