gronlampa (5) - USA - APR 14, 2008 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Everything down to the incredible head on this beer seems as if it was scientifically designed by the brewer.
When I drink and AleSmith beer I often think of a small brew pub (no longer with us) from Pittsburgh, PA whoís saying was "we may brew a bad beer, but you will never taste it".
I envision AleSmith dumping every drop of sub standard beer before it would have a chance to hit your mouth. If they are out of supply I donít question it. Quality comes before profit. Can you tell I like this brewery (and beer)?
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rerate: Bumped a bit from 4.5 to 4.6. One of my top beers. Incredibly fresh and balanced. Slightly fruity in the freshest way (watermelon a la Stone Pale), malty, hoppy, earthy, yeasty, but very subtly balanced. Original: 4/17/02: Outstanding in every way. The malt depth in the nose, subtly so, the touch of yeast in the nose, the color, the head. Then, the perfect blend of earthy maltiness with hops just enough to grab you. Ahhh. Find this one, for sure. Beeronthewall.com now (finally, and probably for a limited time) has all Alesmith available. Thatís where I got this one and itís twin, who I will save for a special occasion, itís that good.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright copper color, sparkling clarity, and good foam retention just like it says. White lacy head subdued malt aroma. What you taste it it has a big malt for and ESB. Much more full malty than a usual ESB. I liked it may be more than a typical ESB Good use of bitter hops. An excellente brewski
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
anyone that doesnt appreciate this doesnt understand fine ales. most beer geeks arent trained in ales, only ipaís and barleywines. this is actually better than fullers esb.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2000
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A standard for all ESBís, nice hop presence, just the right malt sweetness, beautiful beer, a must try.
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.
hopscotch (8850) - 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.
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
stetzel (22) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
once again alesmith does it.perfection.very few brewers go past craft,and mke art.this is one of those examples.aroma soft english hops,and malt.bright copper color.nice round malt,and hops.one of the few beers,of this style that gets the yeast flavor,apple cider.THANK YOU ALESMITH
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wowee! An easy-to-medium pour just gave me, literally, a mug full of foam. Thick, creamy, tan colored foam. Almost like a Nitro-tap pour. After about eight minutes or so, it finally leaves me with a lightly amber tinted, golden colored liquid. Slightly darker than Iím used to for an ESB, which pleases me. The lacing is spotty, plentiful, and sticky.
A fair amount of toasted malt presence is in the nose. Nice presence of floral hops. Light hints of apples and traces of dark fruits.
The taste follows the nose very well. Loads of that toasted malt flavor. It blends quite nicely with a balanced level of those wonderful floral hop notes. Light hints of granny smith apples and bing cherries. There is a very light hint of smokiness in the aftertaste.
This has a nice, medium, body. It has a medium-to-high level of carbonation. Itís nice, little, small bubbles, which help it out. It is smooth, with a mild level of active-ness on your tongue. It has a slight touch of creaminess, which helps itís enjoyability factor.
Traditionally, I am not big on the ESB style, but this is a definite exception. This is a beer that I could drink many of. Often.
Thank you, Alesmith!