Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I don’t think this was as good as Fuller’s ESB, and it didn’t come close to the Crooked River version, but it was still a decent beer. Amber/orange color with a thin head. Big hops aroma with faint citrus as well. Bitter flavor with a dry finish, hops was prevalent throughout which is a must in any ESB if you ask me. Worth getting again some day.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Unusually strong ESB with an even more unusual aftertaste, unfortunately unpleasent!
Braudog (5961) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2003 Re-Rate: Amber color with big poofy head. Big time dry hoppiness here, with a hint of yeast caramel.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2003 Orange-amber color, frothy off-white head that leaves a nice sticky lace in my glass. Bready and citrusy aromas, bready caremel flavors, medium to full bodied with a somewhat rough mouthfeel, a bit unbalanced yet tasty. The hops really stand out in the end with a bitter finish, not bad.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I consider this the mother of west coast ales. Fine, deep malt perfectly accented by citrus cascade hops. Bitter, stunning finish. Wonderful lacing on the glass. I am so glad they’ve made this available in 12oz on our fair coast.
Panzuriel (1379) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sharp and tangy aroma with hints of citrus type scents. Pleasant bitterness with a hint of plastic flavor? Sweet flavor fades to a saline type after taste.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden orange. Hefty off white frothy head. An occasional bubble of carbonation. Aroma of buttery yeast, mild soap, butterscotch and alcohol esters. Delicate presence. Alcohol taste mixed with toffee malts and spicy hops. Medium full body. Soft and faintly carbonated. Fairly dry. A touch soapy. Alcohol is tasted a bit too much at times. Not hugely malty either. Finishes rough, alcoholic and with more soap (although mild). Very rudimentary.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice medium orange amber color.creamy head. malt and fruit in the nose. medium bitterness. perfect balance between roasted malts and spiciness of the hops. Long lingering finish. This is an exceptional example of an ESB and a classic. 6.8? Where’s the alcohol?
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice clear amber color, the head is creamy, long lasting, beige and the lace quite generous. Nose is clean and crisp, light hints of citrus, malt and just a tad buttery. Front is sweet, the top light, the finish has a generous hop presence, lightly acidic, dry, and quite pleasureable as it’s a ’Cozy’ 112 degrees Fahrenheit or 44.4 Celsius. Ranks #465 on my current 1000 beer list.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good ESB. Went down quick. I had it with a piece of filet mignon good combo. The ESB has a nice clean bitter taste.