dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Canal’s Fire Rd. Poured an unimpressive super hazy amber orange body with a smaller to maybe average sized bubbly foamy super light beige head. Aroma is loads of biscuit, nut shells, brown bread dough, floral and some orange citrus. Body is very very lively with a watery mouthfeel and an average duration on the aftertaste. Flavor of tonic water from the loads of carbonation, biscuit, dough, wet nut shells. Body is too lively on this one.
rondphoto (1546) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy dark orange with a foamy long-lasting head and streaks of lace. Taste is semi-sweet toffee and malt combines early with clean floral hops, releasing the bitter at the finish, leaving behind a sweet residue. Smooth and easy to drink. Recommended.
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Big orange pour. Malt and caramel. Slight sweetness. Well balanced hops. Slight fruit. Pretty nice.
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I bought this one for 2 reasons: 1. It was $3.50 cheaper for 6 than Fullers ESB ($9.99 vs. $13.49). Could Fullers really be 35% better?
2. The packaging of this beer was very appealing. A nice red with good complementary colors. Their marketing tactic worked.
So, the beer looked the part - deep, cloudy amber with a creamy off-white head. Aroma was nondescript to me. Flavor, well, I’d say it was about 40% worse than Fullers. It was pretty good, sweet and malty up front with a little bitterness and citrus to round it out. But it wasn’t quite right. Good, not perfect. Not sure i would buy again given all the choices out there, but I wouldn’t turn one down either.
milewide (1391) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy amber color with excellent small bubble head. Flavor was malty, with lots of English hops focused on flavor and not just bitterness.
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, aroma of apple, pear, and earthy woody English hops. Nicely balanced with medium body and no detectable alcohol heat. Smooth and easy to drink but a tiny bit heavier than I expected an ESB to be. Enjoyable! Would pair nicely with smoked food.
jsquire (3345) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive amber color with a small off white head. Malty nose with some grassy hop notes. Caramel sweetness with lots of grassy bitterness, with some grapefruit rind bitterness in the finish. Okay ESB.
thouse (47) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
earthy, yet fruity. Going to be my go to ESB. Nice balance of malts and hops.
rumproasts (2588) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. Amber with small head. Solid ESB style with mild hop bitterness. Definitely above average.
Pailhead (4417) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of toasty caramel, herbal notes, and fruit/grape. It pours a transparent amber with some sediment and a small off-white head that settles to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some spotty thing webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light/moderate fruit/grape, caramel, and a touch of brown sugar. The finish has light toasty notes with a touch of herbal hops. It’s light bodied with moderate-lively carbonation.