weisinator (67) - USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pale Copper color with a thin white head. Strong hops aroma. Well balanced hops and malt flavors.
FredWS (2) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 18, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great ESB. A world beer cup medal winner. Probably the best of the Lazlos regular beers.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice copper color thats slightly chill hazed with a solid cream colored head thats about a finger high and recedes fairly slowly and some lace shows up but drips back and clears up quickly. Smell is a pretty nice ESB style nose with a toasty sweet malt, slight caramel and balanced well with floral dried hops; Cluster variety maybe. Taste is more of the same with a nice mixture of toasty caramel malts and floral dried hops, bitterness kept in a calm even manner, nothing overwhelming, simple yet subtle and enjoyable. Starts out toasty sweet with light quick fruitness that gives away to caramel toasty biscuit flakes. Finishes easy and lingers some floral hops bitterness thats very smooth and easy. Good medium body feel, lightly creamy and very quaffable and enjoyable. A decent ESB I'd have again.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely better on tap than from the bottle; wonderfully mellow and not too bitter. Superb.
lancenelson (24) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth, with very little aftertaste. Good hop flavoring, just enough to not be overpowering.
swaldren (3) - - SEP 23, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a lot of the carmel but not much of the biscuit flavors. It is well balanced, although the finish is a bit weak. Palate and appearance pretty standard faire for an ESB. Would drinking again.
jbuskirk (271) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Luna Sea is best enjoyed when itís fresh and the Noble hops are at their best. The malt has lots of caramel sweetness and the light hopping gives it a mildly fruity flourish. This ESB offers a lot of candy-like malt sugar and drink-ability.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear, deep amber hue, with a shortish head atop.
Aroma: abounding! Rich and malt-accented, flowing out from the instant the cap is cracked off, sweet, fruity, caramelly, toasty, and just damned nice.
Taste: those very same flavors continue and treat the tongue, on down to the tummy. Hops provide a tidy, tasty shuffle on the tastebuds up front, then slowly fade. Malt is copious and constantly delivers rich, complex flavor.
All ESBs should at least try to be this good, and itís a pity that most donít. I could sit with these for a spell, thatís for sure!
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 On tap at Lazlos in Lincoln, Nebraska. Copper color with a rich white head and good lacing. Big nose of hops and fruits. Good mouthfeel, and dry finish. Solid offering.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a stubby twist off 12 oz. bottle with a coded freshness date on the bottom rim of bottle.
Poured a cloudy golden/orangey hued light brown with a foamy off-white head that settled into a thin sudsy, bubbly lacing.
Aromas of caramel and grain, apple fruity, mineral, and floral, leafy hops.
Good carbonation and a crisp, dryish, smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Pleasant tasting, barley, grain and caramel, a buttery apple fruitiness, mineral, softly spicy, leafy herbal hops, more brisk than bitter, and a dryish grainy, caramel finish.
A really nice ESB, very quaffable, easily the best thing Iíve had from Empyrean so far, well worth trying if you like British style beers.