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RATINGS: 606   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6745) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, moderate density of tiny/small/medium particles. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (dough), with a hint of orange. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent. This is like a more citric version of the Amber.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Hazy orange. Frothy, lasting head. Doughy, yeasty nose carries into the flavor nicely. Great mouthfeel. Rather hoppy, slightly spicy, earthy, grassy, and slightly citrusy. Bitter finish, but not overly bitter by any means. Nicely balanced and full of flavor. Good beer. Easily quaffable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Consumed By Mike at the Liar's Club on the night of May 8th in a pint glass, served by unknown waitress well, besides all that, this was a very nice bitterish slightly hoppy brew with a nice golden color, nothing stands out, but shit, it was a good esb. nothing wrong with just being plain good.

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 (1374) - 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 (3515) - 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 (5115) - 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.


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