Holtguy (109) - 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 (1365) - 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 (1074) - 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 (3313) - 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 (2038) - 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 (4369) - 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.
marv3mania (155) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a hazy golden amber with a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is a sour malty scent with a very slight citrusy scent as well. Taste is sour earthiness immediately followed by nice caramel malt. Very smooth feel. This is one is pretty easy to drink.
fsquirrel29 (75) - Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Would I drink it if handed to me: Absolutely
Would I pay for this beer: Absolutely
Very good beer. Not a big fan of Arcadia beers, but I do like this one.
fattybladdy (420) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, hazy amber with white head. Aroma is grainy and sour. Taste is caramel malt, toffee and bread, finishing with some light bitter pine hops. Not bad.