ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent bitter, really can never say anything bad about beers from Deschutes
JohnGalt1 (1672) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice sticky head.. good lacing... hazy amber brews.
grassy floral hops are very well balanced with fruity yeasty notes and lite toffee and toasted malts.
Flavor is very similar to the aroma.. but slightly lending itself more toward the hops... more toasted/biscuit malts.. earthy hop flavor... good bitterness and ultimately very well balanced. medium body with just enough low carbonation to keep things interesting... very drinkable.
Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brigh amber beer with a lasting white head. Aroma is roasted caramel and malt. Flavor is sweet malt with caramel. Low carbonation and average body.
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"along with anderson valley and goose island, one of the better ESBs out there. pretty close to the traitional style, but with a little more fresh smelling hop complexity going on."
Bulk_Carrier (3884) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy orange to glossed over brown color. Bar pour yielded barely a head. Barely any lacing was around the glass.
The smell had a toasted caramel nuttiness over and underneath.
The taste was somewhat sweet nutty maltiness. There’s a dry sweet roasted nutty aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a slight sessionability about it. The carbonation finishes slightly smooth.
Overall, good ESB. Too bad, it’s been retired.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by: 05JUL11
A: Pours a toasted caramel ale with a single finger of yellow soapy head which falls in a few minutes to a broken sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Rings of lace.
S: Creamy and sweet with good earthy bitterness. Slightest hint of oxidation (but this is expired, so I can’t dock for that).
T: Extra bitter, and earthy. Definitely english in nature, with earthy and soily hops and the yeast is bready.
M: This is medium bodied, but lacks a certain ’bounce’ I feel with most ESB’s. Carb is low end of moderate.
O: Good, but not great. Pretty decent. And likely a bit of Homer in my grading as Deschutes is one of my favorites.
Serving type: bottle
madmitch76 (22450) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
9th November 2009
Hazy amber beer. Semi soft palate but with a carbonated sting. Lightly creamy malt. Blooming sharp bitter marmaladey hops. The bitterness lasts well in to the aftertaste.
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thank you Fran! Nice looking brew, dark honey brown good cap. Nice west coast hop aroma, some soap. Taste has a massive bitter. I like this brew. Fruity body with a soapy bitter finish. Pine, leather, other stuff. Did i mention this is making me salivate. This is more like an IPA then a English ESB but even though it crosses styles I’m digging it. not sure hoe to score it........my marks might be a touch high.
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like this one better than their pale ale--more hops but not enough to make it a bitter. Tastes more like a pale ale.
mcberko (14682) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a mostly clear coppery amber with an off-white head. Subtle nose of nuts, toffee, English malts and light hops. Flavour is fairly underwhelming, with nuts and toffee in the front, finishing with slightly caramely malts and a light hop character. Light body and palate, with not much going on. Decent, but uninteresting.
Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber caramel with a creamy head. Smells bready with some toffee and caramel malt and dull hops. Tastes of bread and toffee malt with a formidable hop background and later takes on a slight fruity note -- almost like a touch of marmalade, which sweetens the background flavors and ebbs into the dry bitter finish. Palate is very clean. Drinkable and interesting. Very nice.