hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Arbor Brew Pub. Cask. Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Floral aromas with citrus. Tastes of citrus and caramel. Subtle. Light lacing left on the glass.
Dogbrick (8342) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask sample at the brewpub: Arbor likes their Bitters! Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a foamy bone white head that lasts awhile. Patchy lacing on the glass. Tangy fruit and malt aroma. Medium-bodied and glassy-smooth with an unassertive hops flavor, as well as touches of fruit and malt. The finish is mildly bitter and short. Pretty forgettable overall.
arminjewell (6294) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of grass, bread, hints of biscuit, yeasty notes with a touch of caramel and doughy notes, hints of slight spicy yeast as well. Taste was a mix of grass, bread, biscuit and caramel, some spice, grass, almost a floral note with a hint of toast, finishing bitter, dry.
Glouglouburp (6085) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A light honeyed English blonde ale of some kind. From the cask it was quite good. Probably very ordinary on regular tap.
How: From the cask at brewpub
The look: Partly cloudy blonde body with a little white head
In long: Honeyed fruits is the main attraction. Honey pears, honeyed bananas, honeyed peaches, a little caramel touch and a twist of lemon. The juicy/fruity/honeyed body is followed by hops that add a welcomed contrasting dryness with a mild bitterness. Lacks the crispness that I like from the style. However the cask conditioning was top-notch. Smooth bubbles and velvety moutfeel. Overall it is a very average ESB but the superb cask conditioning really ups my score to a superior ESB but if you remove the cask… well… you’re gonna have beer all over the floor.
thedm (4952) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 20, 2004
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of finely sized mostly diminishing white colored bubbles that left behind an unnoted lacing. The body contained no carbonation, was transparent and light gold in color. Its aroma contained notes of mild sweaty sock malts . Its mouth feel is off with a malty aftertaste. Its flavor contained weird sweaty sock notes and was ick yucky. Not one I would buy again.
hotstuff (4150) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at Arbor Brewing Company Pub & Eatery. White small head, good lacing, uncarbonated, transparent, and a light gold hue. Hoppy aroma and flavor. Smooth mouthfeel.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask in house. Lighter color than most ESB's Ive seen. Also a lighter aroma of mild berry/hops. Not surprisingly then, it had a lighter taste. Medium to light bodied. This beer seemed like they were testing the waters and just didnt committ to an ESB. Not enough hops, not enough barley, not enough body. Though what was there was a good even beer, it just had only passing flavor which I had to strain and drink quickly to taste. A good start, but needs improvement.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy golden pour with a thin white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops. Flavor of citrusy hops with a very strong and dominating bitter finish. The body is light and oily with soft carbonation. Not bad but there’s more bitterness than hop flavor.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft... Ugly medium murky honey gold, a bit of brown, ok light tan head... Super sweet nose, this doesn’t look or smell like a esb, very fruity, light wet grain, ok... Tastes bad, wet skunky grains, very hoppy but a weird greeny quality that I hate
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Crystal clear orange-tinted gold, with a white rim. Aroma is a real, dry grassy hop, nice and glowing. Flavor is a little flacid. Cask seems a touch warm to me. There’s some buttery, cheesy hop character right off the bat, and then more of the grassy, juicy English hop style. Fresh tasting. Cask carbonation is working well. Pretty heavily hopped. Not much malt to back it up. Not bad. But, I get stuck on the cheesy, butteriness that develops as being unclean.