Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, pale hay color with a thin, white head. The aroma is both sweet and bitter, with plenty of perfume and citrus fruit. The flavors are pretty good and quite straight forward. Nice flavor, but lacks much depth. A nice drinking ESB, but a little mor depth would make it really nice.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad bitter. Actually too hoppy than bitter and that's a good thing.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lasting white head, good lace. Light amber. Subtle hops in the nose, aromas are mostly from the malt and some doughiness from the yeast. Malt flavors are of sweet honey and dried fruit. Quite sweet, but nicely balanced with a creamy mouthfeel and medium body.
kyzr (1140) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber out of the bottle with a mild white head. Good malty & hoppy aroma. Flavor is citrus with a little bit of honey added. Nice long bitter ending also.
Ernest (5609) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted light bread, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of squash. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Second recent bottle Iíve had with some vegetal-squash smell, though itís not as strong as the previous one. Easy-drinking, simple.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one has all the great American ale flavors of citrus, a bit of stewed fruit, bread, floral notes which are put together in a quite fun way. Not unlike Anderson Valley, perhaps a bit less bitter.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light copper in color with just a bit of haziness. Forms a pretty decent head but it dissipated quickly but left alot of nice sticky lacing. Some sweet honey and breadlike notes. This one is a bit hoppier than a typical ESB, but I was pretty impressed with this beer overall.
Panzuriel (1182) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice ESB, but a little weak. Weaker flavor than I am used to and watery texture. Not altogether bad, but still not that great either. Okay. Just okay.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2005 Hazy orange copper color, decent white large bubbled head that leaves some lacing in the glass, light nutty, bready caramel aroma. Light body and has a crisp carbonated mouthfeel, balanced malt and hop flavors, nice clean bitterness, finishes dry. Good session brew, not the most flavorful but very drinkable.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
More malty than most bitters Iíve sampled. Pours a deep amber. Aroma is somewhat floral but yeast is also present. Decent bitter.