Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours with a nice white head, small bubbles, moderate retention (good for the style). Body is a dark orange copper. Aroma is fresh flowers, something like powdered french toast but not as sweet, light and very mild pepper- a pretty nice nose. Taste is mineral, solid caramel malt. Good hop balance, mostly with bitterness. Finish gives a clean bitter taste, subtlety of pepper on the far far end. Body is soft and forgiving, minimal carbonation as if trying to impersonate the cask. If I understand this style correctly, this is a supurb beer. Approachable and sessionable. Had this for a few months and was almost sure it would be oxidized, but it held up like a champ. I’d love to try this off cask/hand pump at Tangletown.
harrymel (901) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber ale with some surface foam and a spotty lace. Smells of amber malts, some metal, some herbal hops, some hints of herbs. Really, overall nose is inoffensive and approachable with a hint of sweetness - as I believe an ESB should be, fine work Dick. Flavor hits with well steeped black tea, some sweet and English malts and a bit of herbal hops sans bitterness. Nice ESB flavor. Medium bodied with reserved carb and a semi wet finish. Nice beer. ESB’s are one to feel good drinking and drinking and drinking...This has that. Unobtrusive and approachable - not the most unique, but that’s what makes it good!
Serving type: bottle
Davhgbrew (752) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy copper. Sips citrus and silky smooth with bitter hop middle and finish. More bitter than with very slight malt character. Of course this is Washington so an esp would be overly bitter compared to European version. Overall I like though.
Smurf2055 (1066) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany finger off white head.
Smell clean caramel and slight toffee, grassy hops.
Taste slight red fruit. Caramel and earthy grassy hops.
Clean and easy drinking.
Really good esb
PhillyCraft (2595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Pour House, pours hazy copper with light head and not much lacing. Aroma of almonds, chocolate, hazelnut, milk, malt, and other nutty tones. Taste is milk chocolate, rye, creamy malt, and bitter grain. Good bit of columbus coming through as well. Light to medium body. Nice ESB.
Travlr (9944) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the source. Clear golden color, medium white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pineapple. Taste is crisp bitter fruit.
Tmoney99 (9645) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate complex hop and earthy malt aroma. Medium body with a smoot texture and soft carbonation. Medium toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.
kaser (1789) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from tap at the Elysian brewery in Capitol Hill/Seattle. Amber orange with foamy head. Definatly bitter. Smooth though. butterscotch and malty. Good for the style.
Theydon_Bois (5486) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Elysian on E Pike, Seattle, 27/05/13.
Lightly hazed golden amber with a good sized off white head that retains well.
Nose is hops, grapefruit, bitter orange, caramel malt.
Taste comprises orange pith, light grapefruit notes, grass, hop bitterness.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light hop bitterness in the finish.
This is a tasty drop but way too hoppy to be considered an ESB !
Dear brewer ... come to England and try some ESB’s - not knocking your beer I enjoyed it but not what it says on the tin my old bean !
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Toffee biscuit marmelade and vegetal notes on nose. Nice orange amber pour decent head good lace. Flavors of toffee marmelade and vegetal hops. Moderate hop bitterness easy drinkability somewhat unremarkable.
Wanja (531) - GERMANY - FEB 1, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap at Elysian Brewhouse, Seattle. Unfortunatelly bad Bitter, one is enough for ever...