hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capones. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized, frothy off white head. Aromas of citrus, fresh floral hops, a little toasty, and a little earthy. Tastes of citrus, some toasted caramle, floral hops, and lighter pine.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Flying Saucer. Pours bright copper orange with a khaki head. Fresh hop nose with a nice nutty maltiness. Grassy hop flavor with a decent malt backbone. Lighter body and a long finish.
CanIHave4Beers (2880) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Notes from Flying Saucer KC 1st anniversary party, had it on tap.
Nice amber color with a good head. Plenty of nice hoppiness and floral notes in the aroma. The flavor is very nice, plenty of malty sweetness to balance the big c hop flavor. Very fruity with a nice little bitterness.
Just a good little session beer, I’d love to see it bottled and in my fridge.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted at the 6th Annual Triple Rock Firkin Fest on 4/4/2009. This ESB/bitter pours a light orange gold color from the Firkin. Small sized white foamy head, with decent retention. The aroma is orange, malt and fruity, with some earthy hops. A medium bodied bitter. The malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of orange and orange peel flavors. Hops are fairly bitter, floral and earthy. Very little carbonation at sampling. It seems a touch hoppy for the amount of malts, but it would make an excellent session ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Light Pacific NorthWest hop aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with light graininess. Medium bodied. Decent bitterness. Light graininess lingers with grapefruit and pine. Just a little too much malt astringency.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in KC for their 1st anniversary party. Pours a mostly clear, copper-orange body with a creamy, finger-width, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of heavy lacing. Aroma is caramel malts and C-hops. Very sweet and earthy with straightforward citrus. Flavor is very traditional to the style, but has more of a piney citrus tang towards the back end. Lots of caramel up front before the big, earthy bitterness comes in at the end. Finishes quickly and surprisingly doesn’t linger for too long. Palate is full, round, and creamy. Overall, a nice tasting beer, but maybe a little too much caramel. The flavor cycle of this beer reminds me of a bell curve in that the beginning is slow, the middle has the big jump in flavor, and the finish dies into nothing. Hmm. They have something nice going on, but it needs a little work.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Not a ton of bitter, but quite a bit of caramel. Very drinkable, with a traditional burnt malt taste in the nose and in the aftertaste.
A good beer, although nothing to truly seek out.
RE-RATE: Gonna give this a few more points after going back to the growler. Certainly too many hops for an ESB, but exceedingly drinkable and a great session beer on a warm sunday night.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Rattle and hum. Orange amber body with a thin white head. Some what rich earthy hop character with hints of pine and way to much malt in the backbone. Not so good.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber color. Nice nutty malt nose and citrusy hop perfume. Fine carbonation carries the juicy malt palate and finishes with a fresh hop bitterness. Well made and amazingly refreshing while still delivering satisfaction.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Nor Cal ESB
Date: April 17, 2009
Source: The Pint House, Asheville
Appearance: clear amber, fine off white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, nice earthy hops
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, lots of fuggels, light balancing bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20