Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The nose was caramel/brown sugar sweetness w/ hints of light fruit and citrus. The flavor was fruity and slightly sour w/ grapefruit notes and sweetness (possible cloying). The beer poured a med brown w/ reddish highlights, no head and very slight lacing. The mouthfeel was light and watery w/ minor effervescence.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Such disrespect from these guys who it seem only to appreciate big obnoxious beers of late. Well, not me man, I can appreciate the subtleties. This beer here poured a dark black cherry tainted rust color and had there been a head, or even a single sud atop, it would have been a fantasmal looking beer. It could have been the pour, which was just about to overflow the glass...anyway..the aroma was a mellow medley of hops and toffee..The flavors were a relaxing mix of dry grassy, and herbal earthy tones with a background of nuts and toffee, with an evident "green" character to it. For what this beer is...a nice relaxing session-type beer, it really is quite a find.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amber hue with a light slight-off-whitehead. Aromas of roasted malt, a little nutty. Flavors of the same with a little fruitiness. Decent, but nothing special.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) It’s Bear Republic Night at O’Brien’s, and let’s start the festivities off with a new beer called Whitby Best Bitter. It pours a dark, ruddy brown, semi-translucent in appearance. The light tan "head" is really just a few scatter bubbles. It has a very light nose, mildly sweet and malty, and a hint of hops if I swirl the beer some and take a deep sniff. The flavor is pretty mild as well, malty, lightly sweet, minimally bitter. It has a mildly roasty and slightly smoky flavor in the finish. The palate seems a bit watery and thin. Dunno how this is named a Bitter since it really seems to fit the bill for a traditional English Mild Ale.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bitter pours with a deep red body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and fruity with malty accents and a touch of graininess. The flavor is sweet and malty with fruity notes and grain notes. Medium bodied and smooth.