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RATINGS: 593   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A full body, ambrosial maltiness, and an arousing hoppy bite. This beer is not for the light beer drinker or those desiring no aftertaste.
Note: Formerly known as Belk's ESB.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Nice hazy golden/orange color with a full, thick white head. The aroma was full of floral bitterness and a little hint of alcohol. The flavor was strong, and assertive...floral, citrus, and malty sweetness. Very creamy feel with a crisp finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Hazy caramel/gold color with a rather persistent white head. The aroma is seemed quite malty to me, at least compared to other ESB's I've had. The flavor is pretty good. A nice, creamy mouthfeel with a good balance of malt to hops. The aroma just sort of turns me off.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2003
1/29/03: bottle. pale orange color. lacing. pleasant aroma, some perfume hints with a definite hoppyness. taste was both hoppy and malty- heavier in hops than malt.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Cloudy, straw-colored body. Thin white head. Some lacing.
Smells sweet, hoppy and yeasty.
Overly bitter without the malt backbone to balance things out. Tastes like an IPA to me.
Smooth until the extreme hop bite at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Good amber color, lasting beige head that leaves generous lace. Clouded by thousands of eternally suspended particles. Big citric, spicy aromas. Nutty malt flavor, cleanly bittered. Overheard the comment "tastes like iced tea" and I can’t disagree. Leafy hoppiness does lend that sort of steeped bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2003
great lace. Faint in aroma, but detectable mt Hood and cascade hops. Piney and floral, definitely well hopped. Slick, bitter finish. GREAT balance though and packs quite a punch!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jazz88 (2525) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Bottle. Dark gold in color with a foamy tan head. A strong aroma with a clear alcohol presence to join a lot of hops. Not as malty as I would have thought. Some vinous and wood qualities.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Aroma of malt smacks one in the face after a tap pour of this. Hints of citrusy hops found upon emerging one’s nose in the beer, but other than that...malt is what you get here. A pour of a mildly cloudy orange color (bad lighting) with a minimal but creamy head. The taste is a nice 180 with the heavy malt yeilding way to an insane bitterness. A good dry finish with emphasis on the florals and the re-occuring malt trend. Fairly average overall...a nice finish, but nothing to get into a rumble over.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Deep golden color, peachy citrus nose. Hops prevail then they slowly fade out in the lingering finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2002
decent bitter flavor, didnt find much in the aroma....i’ve had lots better bitters than this one....re-rate...ok, i was originally wrong..this one has plenty of hop aroma and citrus character....once you develop a palate for these, they’re easy to spot...very good.


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