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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4804) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Draught at Pies and Pints. Light malt with a nice hop profile. Some caramel but overall hoppy and close to APA in taste.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (780) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Pretty weak aroma but has a nice flavor and a good redish hue. Not my favorite bells.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2765) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Tap at The Oak. Clear amber pour with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma has lots of hay and grass, some pine, light caramel, and light toast. Tastes dry, light bitterness, very grassy and piney. Light bread and caramel malt. No way this is an ESB since it seems pretty hoppy and itís also 6.5%. Decent overall.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3776) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Draft pour. Pours a clear amber color with a white head of foam. The aroma has biscuits, mild earthy hops, bread, dry popcorn, vanilla, caramel. Taste is crisp bready sweetness and dry herbal bitterness. Medium body and medium carbonation. Not a bad ESB all things considered. Refreshing, quaffable, tasty. Not much more I could ask for, really.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zeswaft (1466) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Tap. Copper reddish color. Light pine hop aroma. Flavor is fantastic. Upfront pine and citrus hops that immediately drop off and are balanced by a mild caramel malt. This tastes like a baby Two Hearted that finishes smooth and clean. Super drinkable and delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Tap: Clear amber with a burnt copper tint, white head fades to a ring quickly. Aroma is light with notes of caramel, piney hops, earth, mild citrus peel, & toasted nuts. Flavor follows along similarly with lots of lightly dank, pine forward hops, caramel, toast, nuts, grapefruit rind, & mild earthiness. Lingering Munich malt in the finish. Maybe a little overly hoppy for the style, but Iím okay with that.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smroush (126) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Aroma is mostly pine/spruce hops. Malt is pretty subdued. Has a slightly large, creamy looking, off-white head. Beer is an attractive medium amber and is quite clear. Medium alcohol; medium body; moderate to heavy bitterness. Finish is average length, mostly the hop bitterness. Overall this is a fairly simple beer, but has good hop flavors and is quite clean and refreshing on the palate. I did not detect the classic ESB fruit flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrohia (205) - - MAR 13, 2015
Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI, draft. Not overpowering malt, which is a plus. Nice earthy aroma. Smooth. Light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1443) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Tap. Pours a reddish amber with virtually no head. Aroma and taste are a bit simple, bitterness forward and malts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2015
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Deal w/ it

Deep red good head & good lace.

Aroma has a real nice subdued sweetness & some toffee. Leaf rot & fruity hops play the biggest role here though.

The flavor is hop driven, similarly to two hearted in some ways, lower on bitterness... Bigger on malt with some toastiness and toffee, but fruity and mildly sweet in the same ways. Goodness... in some ways I prefer it to Two Hearted.

A really good beer somewhere between an ESB & an American Pale Ale.


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