joshwoodward (575) - - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a taste on tap at the brewery. This is the regular ESB, 5.8 percent. Delicious, slight malt edge, balanced hops, tons of flavor.
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rippers ESB–on tap-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, slight pine. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, slight pine/citrus hops. Light/medium body.
Tmoney99 (13338) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft sampler at MBGF Summer08 under the name Ripper’s ESB. Poured a dark amber color with a moderate fizzy off-white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Average spruce hop aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable brew.
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bitter in name, APA in reality. And a dry APA at that. Pours a medium dark yellow, little bit of red tinges. Small fizzling wheat colored head. Aroma of slight hops, maybe some peppery wheat flavor. . . Begins sharp and spicy, with lots of dry clean light hops flavor. I emphasize light. More of a barley/wheat taste and even then, somewhat light. Not much really goin on here until the finish. The hops come out slightly, with a mild mix of something cascade-like. But the body is light and there is that good old american metallic bitter taste. They served it so damned cold that I didnt really let it warm. Improved slightly though towards end, maybe some malt coming out? Had sediment in it and for that I was impressed. I'll have to get it again when I'm less rushed and see if it improves upon warming to a better bitters temperature.