AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap: I was at the right place at the right time for this one, one of the brewers gave everyone sitting at the bar a sample of this a couple days before release. If it wasn’t 7.5% I wouldn’t have any problem having a couple of these with lunch everyday. Bready malts. Not too much carbonation, citrus on the palate. Another tastey selection from ABC.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy yellow gold. Mild citrus rind on the nose, not indicitive of tge huge palate. Grapefruit, clementine and bitter tangelo flavors on a rich, sonewhat oily palate with a persistent, bitter finish. Hard to drink a lot of, but good.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewpub. Pours golden amber with a white head. Nice wet hop aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi soft mouthfeel. Toffee and honeyesque malt character countered by a Centennia hop btterness that seemed be muted. A little too one dimensional, but enjoyable nonetheless
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Poured gold with a slightly orange hue. The aroma had both notes of malts, grainy, and hops, citrus. There was a bit of alcohol on the nose. Flavor was nice with a nice combination of the citrus hops and the grainy malts. The hops were more present and again there was a bit of alcohol burn towards the end.
flatmatt (1051) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub, advertised at 10% ABV. Pours lightly orange amber with a white head. Mild aroma of citrus hops. Flavor is pleasant citrus hops with a moderate bitterness. A few fruity esters seem to be present at first, but that sensation goes away after the first couple sips. Flavor is about right for a nice IPA and the 10% alcohol isn’t detectable at all, but given the 10% that was listed, I was hoping for some stronger flavors more akin to a double IPA.
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Michigan Beerfest-on tap-pours a rich off white head and cloudy dark amber color. Aroma is nice pine/oak/some citrus hops (centennial), secondary medium malt-caramel. Taste is nice pungent/pine/oak/citrus hops, balance with rich medium malt-caramel. Quite sessionable, with this being a crossover to a very malty PA. mild carbonation.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted much more along the lines of a IIPA to me, with the hop characteristics being quite strong. Much more than bitterness, there was citrus and resin flavors. Body was sweet, almost a belgian like sweetness. Overall, nothing spetactular but ok.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just had this tonight, June 20th, 2008, the bartender said it was the last batch, so i consider myself lucky to get a taste! Very hoppy and citrusy like a good IPA should be.. A little smokey, reminiscent of the sacred cow, but a little stronger, A very tasty brew nonetheless. I’m also very proud to say that this is my 50th beer rating!! only 50 more to get that crown!!
Tmoney99 (10411) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
MBG Winter Fest 2008. Poured hazy copper color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a Double IPA.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 MBG Winter Fest: Listed as a Double IPA (why is this an ESB?). Golden hued with a long lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and resiny hops, grapefruit and clove esters, a hint of white pepper and biscuity malts. The taste has twangy citric fruit upfront supported by moderate bitterness and pale grains. The finish is a bit minty, leafy, and astringent. The mouth feel is lively and dry, chalky finish. A good brew but nothing spectacular.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10 ounce draught mug at the brewpub on June 19, 2007. A creamy, lasting touch of head tops the dark, near-opaque and dusky amber body, lacing well...very fresh, predominantly earthy-piney aroma, citric hops show up asa well, nicely balanced acidic/loamy character.....wonderfully juicy-sweet flavor, light biscuity malts, lots of cherry and bitter orange, earthy with toasty graininess gaining prominence on the back end....beautifully carbonated and expertly judged; a truly fine ESB.