savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Bullfrog. Hazy amber/orange with an off white head that leaves some lacing. Huge citrus aroma with some fruity sweet bubble gum. Sweet malty base with a very well balanced bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry hop finish. This was very good, lots of hop aroma and flavor.
kramer (4562) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, at brewery. Pours a mostly clear copper body with a small off-white head that fell to a wispy film. Awesome citrusy and peachy fresh hop nose with just a little toasty and caramel malt. Very hoppy citrusy flavor but not overly biter, this oneís all up front hops. Toasty light caramel malt base. Nice body for a fresh hop beer, especially for one that has such a background character to the malt. Very good beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly cloudy copper/dark amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that coats the glass ith lacing.
Nice florl hop aroma with some resinous dank hop oils, citrus peel, grapefruit, slight pine, subtle alcohol and a caramel malt backbone.
Chewy resinous mouthfeel with a bitter earthy hop blast up front with some nice floral notes. Very dry with a very chewy, piny presence with some dank hop resin, lemon peel and grapefruit. There is also a nice caramel malt backbone that provides a nice balance to the extremely dry bitter pine hops without taking away from those flavors. Very good!
MrChopin (2927) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewery. Slightly transparent amber-orange, heavy lacing after the thin, fizzy white head goes to a ring. Lost the second half of my notes on this one, but its incredibly bitter with a lot of fresh hop, reminiscent of the first notes in Pliny without the balance of crisp malt or refined palate that adds weight. Still quite good, but I remember it being a little one-sided, especially in the hop-heavy flavor.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pure dank sticky resins in the nose. A little muted by the cold temp, but throwing off a crisp lemon citrus and pine. Definitely leaning floral and citrus-like, in terms of hop character. The Simcoe are immediately revealed. Pours a translucent clearish dark copper, with a crisp, off-white head. Flavor grows in complexity. Tart, crisp bitterness plays off classic british malts and some slightly more verbose english yeasts. The hop character ratchets up a few notches, leaving a really palatable dry bitterness after a storm of lemon, yew, and grassy hop punch. Nice balance between the maltís residual sugars and the dryness of the beer. Exquisite hop work, faithful to ESB, save for the American style hops, and in the end, one of the better American interpretations of ESB Iíve ever savored. Delectable.