kramer (4568) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2009
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a nice one inch frothy beige head that had really nice retention and left some sticky lacing. The nose is dry and toasty malt with just a light floral bitterness. The flavor is much the same, toasted and biscuity malt with a pretty good bit of floral leafy bitterness. The bitterness is pretty surprising given the fairly low hop aroma. Very dry maltiness with just a touch of huskiness. Light to medium bodied with a little bit of a clingy feel on the finish and moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall pretty decent. Glad to have this as a fresh bottle from the brewery, cause I could see this fading pretty quick. Enjoyable.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of English malts, caramel, and a hint of tea. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of English malts, hops, slight hops, and a hint of tea. Medium body. Smooth, dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Caramel, malt, and slight hop finish is dry.
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of Poonpillager. Pours copper with thin off white to tan head. The aroma is sweet and a bit odd too. The oddness seems to be cedar resin moving toward sap and going along with sweet malts. The taste is a bit sweet and malty to start becoming somewhat bitter with a big hoppy spiciness that moves into the cedar resin woody grassiness noticed in the nose. Interesting brew. Did crizay have his hand in the making of this?
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle courtesy of Gillard I think. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger off-white head. Aroma of pale malt, earthy hops, and tea. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Decent.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As a side note, my bottle looked different than in the picture illustrated here (had an English looking fellow running). Anyhow, purchased 2/04 at the brew kettle (22 oz. bottle). Poured an amber/copper color with a lite off white head that lingered. Very clear and drinkable looking. The aroma was lite and what I would expect if I were brewing an ESB. Some downplayed sweet malt, lite pine and/or citrus peal hops. A bit metallic and crisp. The flavor was very lite (almost watery at first) with a slight metallic twinge (but in a good way if you can imagine it). However, this gives way to a lite and well balanced pine bitterness with mild malt caramel. I very much enjoyed this brew. I would call this a good example of an ESB and what I would brew on a regular basis as a session beer.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle: Medium amber w/ orangy highlights. Lasting medium sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malt, very little herbal hop, and some English yeasty esters. Hints of caramel as it warms. Well balanced, but not bitter at all. Toasted malt and caramel flavors, very little herbal hop, w/ a light green apple fruitiness. Finish is on the semi sweet side, aftertaste is lightly hop and toasty malt flavored. Lighter body, but not watery, medium carbonation. Lightly dry m/f. Overall a very drinkable session beer. A good quaffer, but nothing fantastic.
jsquire (3309) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a bottle from the Brew Kettle labelled "Extra Bitter Special Bitter" without any reference to the Ringneck. Amber color with a frothy, off-white head. Hoppy nose with orange. Very fruity beer with cherry and orange notes. Light body and easy drinking. Not an especially solid bitter, but pleasant.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The smallish head sticks to the sides of the glass. The beer is the color of iced tea. The aroma is malty, toast and chesnuts and the flavor is crisp. The hops are small and spicy in the finish with a little lemon.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thick sheets of lace that seem to stick forever above the clear copper body. Biscuity malt aroma with some floral/pine hop. I like the malt flavor here, but there’s not enough of it - a little thin. Hop finish is nice and mild, some fruit and citrus (pineapple/orange). I also got some chalkiness, but I’d like to try this one again.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Copper hue with a frothy head and good lace. The aroma hints of biscuit and toasted malts, orange peel, light pine and floral hops, dusty and chalky yeast esters. The taste has a mild bitterness with a very chalky aftertaste. It appears that the brewer may have attempted by alter the PH balance of the water. Some grapefruit and orange also detected. As stated the feel is chalky, somewhat thin and lively. This beer missed with little depth or character.