NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 This is about as close to a perfect glass of brew as I’ve ever had, both in appearance and taste. I’m not an ’expert’ by any means, but I know when I have something that I really like--and this was it! Unfortunately, I had only bought one bottle to try it out; now I need to trek clear across town to buy some more...
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.
jimrockford (56) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounces of good bitter, clean and clear nice bitter taste with and exceptional malty character, nice full body for an ESB good brew
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - AUG 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from Morgan’s. Drank on 7/25/06. Very clear. Light copper, nice 1+" creamy white head. Drops very slowly. Huge lacing. Big layer of foam stays around until the end. Aroma - not too strong. Faint scent of some bready type malts. Little bit of spicy type english hops. Flavor - nice and bitter on the tongue. Really nice and balanced through the swallow. Some classic ESB flavors after the swallow. Mostly some mellow, bready malty flavors. Really good. Pal - Solid medium. Good carb. Overall - Really good ESB, which is more and more becoming one of my favorite styles. Nice bitterness, but overwhelming flavors are malty. Easy drinking and plenty of flavor. This one is going to become a standard in my beer fridge.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale light orangey gold with a glazed clear body and slow rising carbonation within. Medium cap of dull white foam thats firmly fluffy sits for a brief while before it stays at its thick skim and fluffy thin collar. Nicely sheeting and thick lace coats the glass.
Aroma is pretty solid for an ESB, actually about what I’d expect. Dry, toasted, with a great citrus squeezed sense of woodish hops and pine.
Taste is well-balanced, always present, and active. Lightly parched grapefruit and toasted grains upfront, middle is wet and biscuity, woodish, and light earthy grains bring in a burntish tinge. Finish brings about another perk of hops as it grabs the toasty stuff and runs with it adding piney dried hops with just a smidgeon of dulled fruity peaches and lemon. Stays dry and tender with a wonderfully light toastness. Vienna malts seem to be the cause to its overall character. Yum.
Feel is about medium to light but builds pretty quickly and boldy into the finsih where it really takes a great glide across a toasted, grainy, lightly, perfect, dry tone as it finishes.
Wow, this escaped me for so long, glad I decided to grab it. Another Avery keeper. A very good ESB. And at only 5.1% this could be one to drink for a while longer then two or three.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has to be one of my favorite ESB’s . I know its not quite to style, but I like the little more hop flavor and aroma this beer has. It gives it a better balanced flavor. It makes it the nice English version of the American Pale Ale. It doesn’t have quite the hoppiness the American version has, but more than a typical ESB.
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent bitter. Nice hoppy aroma and the flavor is almost perfectly balanced between malt and hops. Wonderful long hoppy finish. One of my favorite of the style.
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on 9/4/1999. Color is a nice gold with good carbonation and a light head. Aroma is a very sweet hop scent. Taste is hoppy and bitter. Starting with a slightly creamy medium body it goes down smooth. Finish is smooth with a good hop flavor, a light maltyness and a nice even bitterness.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - SEP 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. brown bottle. Poured out a smooth light orange / copper color. It has a fast fading head, but it did leave a little lacing around the edges of the glass. Aromas of caramel malts, slight vanilla aroma as well. I couldn't detect much in the hops department, aroma-wise, but I could taste them. Muted, but present. Nice, smooth texture & mouthfeel to this beer. Slightly subdued for an ESB, but very drinkable all the same. Finishes crisp & clean. No heavy aftertaste. A very nice beer from Avery.
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Orange pour with tons of little floaties and a HUGE fluffy off-white head that leaves chunks of lace. Aroma of mandarin oranges, orange peels, grapefruits, flowers and hints of pumpkin spices. Taste is very subdued and definitely not anywhere near as bitter as I would’ve expected. Pretty well-balanced actually. Plenty of sweet malts with a tangy, bitter hoppy finish. I picked this up as an afterthought but this is damn good and vastly underrated.