jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice copper color. Small quickly diminshing off-white head. Nice spicy malt aroma. Hops are there but take a back seat to the malt. Nice malt and hop balance. Medium body with a crisp finish. I really like this one. Much more like an ESB than an Amber. Good stuff.
TChrome (1389) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good bitter, but not up to the standard posted last night when I imbibed Rogue Brutal Bitter. Good bitter flavor. Needs a little more umph. Beer pours nice amber color with big off white head that is retained. There is heavy lacing. Aroma is malty , but the flavor is bitter, but not in the sharp fashion of the standard bearers. Good ale.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Beautiful red-amber color with a medium, off-white creamy head. Malty aroma with citrus hops and caramel. Taste is nicely balanced between the sweet and bitter, crisp, refreshing and great with a meal. Palate is medium body, carbonation slightly foamy rather than creamy. Another nice ale from San Diego!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very very nice copper colored beer with a very tiny and thin pearly white film head. The aroma was tantalizing with caramel malts and Cascade hops (the only hops that really jump out at me in my young beer tasting times). Some orangey citrus and vanilla are apparent in both the aroma and in the taste. Very fresh hops used in this...im quite impressed. The vanilla is a tad overwhelming as i feel im biting into a gourmet dessert as opposed to drinking a beer. The carbonation level is quite mellow..with a syrupy caramel to the finish..dry ending..extremely sweet with a slight chocolatey bitterness..very intriguing and worthy of a 5 in the mouthfeel. This is a very good beer..i like Ballast Point...
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured redish brown wiht a tan frothy head mildly disepating. Smells slight hop and metallic. Taste spicy, malt, chocolate and carmel.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark amber color with a soft small head. A sweet caramel aroma with some chocolate. A flavor of caramel with hints of chocolate and malt. A touch of bitterness and a dry finish. Medium bodied. Totally drinkable.
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - APR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber color. Large head. Aroma is malty with a very definite earthy/yeasty tone to it. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are mild and very rich, Slightly sweet with caramel and toffee tones. Hops are citrusy and not very bitter for an ESB. It extremely well balanced. The malt/hop balance seems to change with every sip. Very smooth, nearly creamy taste. Full and rich. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and a touch dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer to have with food. Poured beautiful copper with fluffy white head. Nice light grapefruit aroma. Tastes were citrus hops and bready malts. The bright hop flavors let the malts take center stage in this. Not overly thick, but had a very creamy palate (from the very small bubbles?)
JCW (1273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light and very flavorful. Has the flavor of the malts and honey with light hop bitterness.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent looking beer!Amber colored beer,with a bone white,head.Very small bubbles are tightly woven. Grassy/grapefruit,bready malt aromas.Very soft/creamy mouthfeel.Perfect carbonation.Great malt/hop balance. Very satisfying and filling.