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A malty, reddish-copper-colored ale with strong hop character, allusive to the goddess Athena, patroness of warriors, weaving and wisdom. Bittered with Chinook and finished with Cascade and Columbus hops. Gold Medal Winner 2003 & 2004 GABF ESB Category.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5196) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Had on tap at Sharps Roasters by the Seattle Airport. Starts off with a pleasant fresh floral and citrusy aroma. The pour is a dark copper color in appearance with a light off-white head with very good lacing. Has a hoppy grapefruit like flavor with just the right amount of bitterness. Has a good strong mouthfeel - fisnished strong.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Medium amber color. Large head. Aroma is caramel malts, fruits (cherries) and spices. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are nutty. Fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. A nice ESB, it’s bitter enough so that it has all the ESB qualities, but it has a nice nutty and fruity sweetness. It very smooth for being as bitter and hoppy as it is. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2003
Only slightly bitter, but the Cascades hit you right off the bat. Malty with slight sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2003
A much cleaner, crisper beer than their Pale. Big Lemon/citrus aroma and flavor, maybe some fesh mown grass as well?

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Light-Medium body with smooth, dry, hoppy finish. Fair bitterness is noticeable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2003
This beer was kind of disappointing. There is definitely a tasty hop presence (although a bit mild), but on the other side is a very unsatisfying barley malt that is rather reminiscent of Hamms or Budweiser - danky warmth, just boring and kind of gross. Never really shines, just sort of sits there looking very depressed waiting for something to happen to it because nothing is ever going to happen tp the consumer save a slight twitch of the mouth in confused remembrance of beers abandoned but not forgotten.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2002
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 Murky amber,lasting beige head.Balanced nose,hint of citrus.Crystal malt start,well balanced mid, medium lasting hop finish.Soft carbonation

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2002
I may be going out on a limb here but here goes it...Nice looking beer but lacking a strong head. Malty flavor, missing strong hops, finish is weak. Nothing really holding this beer together.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2002
No strong hop flavor but it’s in there somewhere. Not a true ESB in my opinion, off-aroma, like garbage. Maybe this bottle was bunk, who knows? Tasty but not impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2002
Mainly clear amber with copper hues. Thin, pasty off white head. Very light carbonation. Mellow aroma of caramel, cherries and subdued pine notes. First sip is lightly crisp, mostly gentle natured though. Hoppy with pine and grapefruit rind notes and bittered nicely. Medium light body. Dryish. Hints of roasted and nut skin maltiness. Hoppier than it is malty, but adequate. Resinous hop flavor takes over mid way. Remains dryly malty throughout. Finishes with a nutty dryness and less ballcrushing hop flavors. A hoppy, session ESB.


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