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.
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of the many from Elysian I’ve sampled, this isn’t my fav. Flavorful and true to style enough, but I never order it.
brokensail (10996) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Elysian Capitol Hill. Cloudy orange pour with white foam. Smells like popcorn. Really toasty, too. Some grass, pine, and herbal hops. Somewhat fruity and earthy. Flavor is bland and grainy. Lots of toasted grains and popcorn. Bitter herbs and grass. Some apple esters and dry straw.
jcnielsen (2125) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Elysian Fields. Pours a copper color with white head. Caramel, earthy, noble hop flavors. Pretty nice esb.
adnielsen (9122) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ the brewery during 7/5/2014 Seattle beer tour. Pours a burnt orange appearance with a cream colored head. Earthy, caramel malty nose with a hint of citrus. Nice mouth feel. Medium body. Fairly sweet flavor. Caramel and oranges. Fine.
nakedwhendrunk (2182) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ McGivney’s.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange to brown color with a good bar pour that didn’t yield any head, however, there was a decent amount of light clingy lacing sliding into the body.
The aroma smelled like any other typical ESB (British malt-like but not soapy).
The taste was malty with a little bit of light apples here and there. There was a nice light malty aftertaste that ended up leading towards a malty dry like finish.
On the palate, it sat about a light to medium and showed a decent sessionable quality running over my mouth and tongue.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good ESB well worthy of having again.
bwa5879 (669) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Solid ruby or brown with a bit of offwhite head. Little to no scent, citrus hops, some graininess and iron. Very thin mouthfeel. Taste is malty, astringent, some carmel and floral hops. Somewhat hoppy ESB. Decent.
harrymel (1503) - 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 (942) - 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 (1399) - 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 (3252) - 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.