PorterPounder (5196) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Only slightly bitter, but the Cascades hit you right off the bat. Malty with slight sweetness.
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A much cleaner, crisper beer than their Pale. Big Lemon/citrus aroma and flavor, maybe some fesh mown grass as well?
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Light-Medium body with smooth, dry, hoppy finish. Fair bitterness is noticeable.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.