microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A golden color with a full head. An aroma of citrus, hops and fruit. Hops hit you right up front followed by grapefruit. A nice carbonation and a smooth dry finish.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich orange with a huge off white head. Hoppy nose and hoppy beer. Not as malty as the hops deserve, and not the hops usually found in an ESB. Taste is of American North West Piney / Citrus hops rather than traditonal ESB hops. Fine with me, since I am a Cascade fan. Nice long bitter finish. Tastes more like an IPA than an ESB. And there is a sourness there that does not quite belong.
BillKismet (3393) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber-tinged gold with a full, rocky head. Small perfumey hop smell gives way too a mildly hopped body. Nice balance with remnants of a malt backbone. Not distinguishably better from the ESB class, but a good standard.
jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange tint to a golden colour. Nice head, with a great aroma. Very hoppy, citrusey...almost reminiscent of an APA. The taste is somewhat malty, but definately hoppy. I would consider this more as an APA after the first bottle, but perhaps if I drink more...i'll find the bitter notes out of it. I loved the beer nonetheless, but I just didn't see its 'esb' qualities as much as the APA.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale orange with a thin white head that has nice lacing. Aroma is citric, hoppy, and sweet. The body is fruity, bitter, hoppy, and dry. I really enjoyed this beer. I'd definately drink it again. Good ABV too.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of perfume, flowers, citrus and pine with a hint of caramel. Pours a clear medium copper with orange highlights. The large creamy bone head has very good lacing and is fully lasting. The bitter flavor has a warm middle that is slightly sweet. The floral bitter finish is of great length. The medium creamy body is soft and finishes astringent. Very good.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber, medium head, mild C-hops in the nose with a hint of malt. Body is hoppier with fair fruitiness and some bitterness; weak finish with just a hint of fruit and bitterness. A little watery.
WabashMan (1015) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice color and head for a bitter start this one. Nice, lightly hoppy aroma, too. Flavor is pretty good, though lacking a little something, in my opinion. Good, but not a great bitter.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.