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
Reconqvista (316) - 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 (6705) - 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 (2575) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, 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 (1549) - 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 (17446) - , 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 (1252) - 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 (413) - 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 (8691) - 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 (217) - 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.
Sledutah (5735) - Utah, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle at the Bayou
Appearance: Clear amber with a small off-white head and little lacing
Aroma: Caramel, toasted malts and citrus
Taste: Caramel malts and grapefruit