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RATINGS: 603   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
Golden color with a nice white head. Looks very carbonated. Smells fruity. Taste sweet carmel and hops. Bitter and drying at the back of the tongue. Head sticks to glass throughout drink.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 27, 2003
One of my favorite ESB's. I'm surprised at it's relatively low rating. Very well balnced. Could drink a six pack by myself!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2003
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2003
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3412) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2003
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4972) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2003
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 10, 2003
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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2003
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1016) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2003
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.


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