freekyp (1485) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Crystal clear amber with a tart fruity aroma blessed with a slap of toffee malt. Head was weak due to growler packaging. Very balanced with a light toasty malt character and a nice rise in hop bitterness near the swallow. Lightly bitter lingering aftertaste leaves the tongue wanting more. Nice nutty earthiness.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pint at Barcade. Clear amber in color. The aroma of this beer was predominately sweet caramel and grains, didnít get much of any hop character at all in the aroma. Taste is sweet malts, caramel, maybe some dry munich, overall alot of malt and some light fruits and not much hop presence, which I would have expected in an ESB. Slightly cloying, and very difficult for me to drink a full pint, I quit after 2/3 of the glass.
beerbomb (195) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Pours from growler with almost no head. Aroma is very sweet almost honey-like with some sort of strange fruity notes almost like pear and apple-not the usual fruitiness i associate with good ESBs. Flavor is also strangely fruity and yeasty with some sweet malts and slight hop bitterness resulting in a pleasant palate and savory aftertaste. Overall, Climax products are overpriced in my opinion and this is no exception. Still, it is an interesting brew.
beastiefan2k (2433) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Small head. Aroma is very present with lots of fruitiness and slight underlying malty biscuity aroma. Very sweet and nice indeed. Taste is a bit of a disappointment. A bit watery with the faint fruitness. Lacks the maltiness i enjoy in this style. But a clean, easy drinking ESB.
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From growler. Orange/copper.amber, with a white head. Subdued aromas of malt, hops, and fruit. Flavors are malt, fruit, hops, and a bit of honey. Not too bitter or too sweet.
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Decent aroma with a huge head that stayed. Decently balanced taste with a slight sweetness to it. Not as bitter as I had hoped.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught pint at Redbones on 8/8/06.
Copper-amber colored, somewhat on the lighter side of things, with light cherry red hints and a small, neat, off-white head that recedes eventually to ring. Medium-high to high clarity.
Very little aroma to be had, and I donít blame Redbones, because their lines are immaculate and the bar was empty at this time. Some very slight wafts of fruits, honey malts, touches of dough and some soggy, soily, grass-like hoppiness. I suppose ESBs donít have to have a striking, clear nose of hops and vibrant yeast, but this one just seemed dull and vaguely fruity, with some sugars behind that.
Flavor was certainly not dull, however. Large malt presence, nutty-sweet, light sugars and light caramel malts all arranged in harmony. But there dosent seem to be enough balance here. It seems the attenuation level and lack of hop balance just serves to fatigue the palate after a while. Yeast dosent seem all that fun, either. Well-malted, supportive body, but I canít find much else to say about it. Low carbonation, no alcohol present. Somewhat of a mineral character.
WhiteAlePower (91) - Long Island, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was the 3rd beer I had at the LI Beer Fest, not bad all, but I canít recall specs. Had a nice light amber colour, and a semi hoppy - sweet aroma.
beerbill (3416) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the LI Beer Festival. Pours a medium orange with a decent head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Malt also comes through in the flavor. An almost buttery mouthfeel at the start. The finish is drier and more fruity from the hops. Good stuff.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Enjoyed this one at the brewery on a very enjoyable tour with brewmaster Dave Hoffman. Dave is a traditionalist, and believes in brewing up authentic beer styles, and stays within those stylistic guidelines. His ESB is a classic example of the style, with a fantastic balance of malt, fruity esters, and hops. This beer is available on draught and in half gallon growlers in markets in NJ, NY, and PA. Climax ESB pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber to chestnut color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with lots of good pale, nutty, and biscuity malt aroma, paired with fragrant flowery/grassy hop aromas. The palate is soft, with good pale, sweet, nutty, and biscuit malt flavor, paired with nice touches of juicy, estery, ripe fruit. This beer ends with more good pale and sweet malt, then ends, with a very pleasing, mild hop bitterness that cuts the cloying malt character, and balances this beer to perfection. Balance truly defines this beer, and makes this one of the most impressive Premium bitters I have ever tasted. The ultimate session brew, fresh on draught or in the growler, you could pound this beer with impunity. This beer has such flavor, yet such drinkability. Exceptional domestic example of an English classic. A must if you ever find yourself in a market where Climax beers are sold.