Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured out a darker shade of a hazy copper color. Cloudy appearance to it. Smells of caramel, hops, and malts. Actually smells just like Bigfoot ale. Tastes very smooth, with a nice malt beginning to it. Has that classic Centennial hops bite to it as well. Finishes smooth, with a caramel aftertaste to it. A pretty good beer, all in all.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
medium amber-brown color. honey nose. pretty active with honey and malt flavors.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Quite malty and more bitter than an English Bitter. More like a US amber ale. Plenty of malt, but they get lost behind the hop assault. Why do I buy these beers?
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a red body with a white head that quickly diminshes. No lacing.
Very hoppy aroma with an underwhelming malt presence.
'Biscuit-like' quality is there in the flavor with an almost IPA level hoppiness. Very strange combination of color, malt and hops that comes together nicely.
A bit of a chalky mouthfeel.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good flavor, very hoppy for a good ESB representation. Sweet for a red, better than red ale.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sweet, very drinkable esb. the mild fruit flavor added a nice touch. not sure i've every had red esb... but i might consider another
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper colored with significant floral hop and malt tones in the aroma. Thick malt flavor contributes to a caramely full body that finishes with mellow, not overly-assertive hop bitterness. A fine ESB.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is fairly malty, with some caramel and dark fruit notes. More malty than most called ESB. Bready flavors dominating and framed by dark fruit malts. Pleasant and well made.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice ESB.
hopscotch (8375) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 This beer rocks.
Same beer as Crooked River ESB. Same facilities, same ingredients, same recipe, slightly different bottle and different label. The aroma is moderately malty and hoppy. Strong nose, alcohol and cocoa come through. The color is a perfect, sparkling copper. The flavor is heavily malty with milk chocolate notes (yum) and pretty well hopped. Almost perfectly balanced, although just a hair on the bitter side of the fence. Full, creamy mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. The finish is crisp, lightly bitter and dry. Excellent, malty brew. World class!