TheHOFF43 (1760) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bent Paddle does it again. Pours a hazy amber with cool spotted head. Lots of citrus on the nose, nice malt backbone, could slay a 6er of this no problem..
Obfuscate (173) - Minneapolis, - FEB 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in color with off white/light khaki head. Drinks easy enough and I like to try local beers. OK.
edgallow (2499) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz can pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of malts, roast, grain, earth, and hint of citrus. Taste is grains and some hoppy bitterness.
Prufrockstar (1270) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can, thanks to Bacterial. Pours a clear dark copper with creamy white head, good retention. Aroma of bread, damp leaves, acrid caramel, decay. I confess to not being a regular ESB drinker, but this smells off to me. Taste (sweet, deep caramel, mild bitterness) isn’t wholly unpleasant, but doesn’t completely escape the nose. Palate: medium body, aggressive carbonation. Overall: I’ll give this one another go on draft next time I’m in MN.
badgerben (4534) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby copper color with a medium head. Caramel, toffee, and floral aroma. Light biscuity flavor. Mild bitterness. Slightly earthy. Medium body. One of the better US made ESBs I’ve had.
deyholla (7315) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on nitro at Republic. Pours a clear amber with a creamy brown head that lasts throughout the beer and laces. Aroma has sweet grains with a touch of darkness and toffee. Flavor has toffee and slightly dark grains throughout with a touch of butterscotch in the finish.
asheft (2615) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Aroma is perfectly balanced toffee and earthy UK hops with some sweety maltiness throughout. Almost clear orange-amber under a persistent wispy white top and collar. Sweet brown sugar and toffee malt flavour with potent earthy hops flavour and bitterness. Very light citrus fermentation esters. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth.
arminjewell (7030) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at Beer Dabbler, hazy orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of bread, toast, orange, cherry, hints of caramel, toffee, spicy notes as well come through. Taste is a mix of bread, toast, dough, yeast, some caramel, toffee, some slight red fruit and grass, spice, finishing bitter.
Stine (1642) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddened amber pour. Aroma shows biscuit malt, autumn leaves, lingonberry or cranberry, brown sugar. Low crystal notes. Classically understated; the layering of the malt feels a little flimsy. A touch of hamster cage must is strangely pleasant here. Nut skin and floral notes compose a quietly bitter flavor. The crystal shading is gaining momentum and spreading out its icy, slick bittersweetness. The baked bread and caramel malt foundation is supportive enough. The body is crisp, and fairly clean, but sometimes feels stripped for depth. Honey and distant berry notes in a somewhat watery finish. Pretty good style representation here, with some of the usual qualities I don’t care for being more prominent.
Braudog (5938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Copper-toned beer. Meaty malt drinker wtih toffee and mealy wheat bread character, then a tight, sharp and tangy finish. (#5672, 8/29/2014)
MNAle (47) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice aroma. Dark brown color. Nice cream head, dissipates in a few minutes. Hops are evident, but the malt taste is also there; a very good balance. This is a well done interpretation of an English bitter. This beer has a more substantial body and mouth feel than does the Badger Hill MSB, and is not as hoppy as the Surly Bitter Brewer (both local MN interpretations of ESB). In fact, this now supplants the Surly as my favorite local bitter, unless I am looking for having more than 2... the Surly’s lower ABV is its only advantage over the 14 degree ESB.