DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) This simple, mild-flavored brown ale features a sweet, sugary, caramely maltiness, and very gentle roast, and in fact itís more toasty than roasty. Bitterness is pretty light. Iím getting a fair amount of diacetyl in this one too. The label says this is full-bodied beer, but I beg to differ; Iíd call this medium bodied. Caramel and toasty malts in the nose. Medium brown in color and very clear. The light tan head doesnít rise more than half an inch on the pour, and then it fades off toa small ring before too long. Overall, not a beer that impresses me all that much, but itís tasty enough to be a fine quaffer.
GIJOE (128) - Monterey, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at English Ales, Marina, CA.
Not much aroma; faint malts.
Dry mild hoppy brown with sweet malts coming through. Hints of honey.
Medium body, lively carbonation.
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bigbish (415) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice brown color. Nice head that laces the glass. The flavor is nice and malty, caramel, a hint of grain. Would prefer a little more body. Nice beer.
MattH (534) - California, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Brown pour. Aroma is roasted malts. Flavor is also roasted malts. Very pleasant drinking.
HughConway (658) - Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours brown with almost no tan head. Slight aroma of roast malt, taste of lightly roast malt. Minimal after taste. Nice sessioner, unremarkable.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is malty, nice nuttiness, caramel, lightly roasty. Taste is nicely malty, hazelnut, light background hoppiness, caramel.
rmussman (1512) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap at Phils Fish Market in Moss Landing. A pretty nice brew. Sweet maltiness. It was very clean and crisp.
popery (1119) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good nutty character. This beer pours a reddish cola color, quite clear, with little head. The nose is all specialty malt. Iím trying to come up with better descriptors, but this one is all nuts for me. Itís a good nuttiness but a little one-note ultimately. That said, I like nutty brown ales, so Iím really not disappointed. The flavor is a bit too sweet. Thereís some sugary malt that gets a bit in the way. Mouthfeel is probably better from a cask but itís still not bad from the bottle - slippery but clean. This is a nice session beer, and itís always good to see more nearby breweries dabbling in English styles.
SanfordBrewer (1343) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
(br-btl or-lbl, English Ales Brewery in Marina CA, 4.8%)
cpr-lct, ßhead, med co2, full body, roasted malt T1 bitter T2 musty ßcrcl T3.
larryLSB (340) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown with small white head, nose of roasted malts. Serve a little too cold, but had good carbonation. Iím thinking this would be much better as it warms up.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the brewpub. Brown with a small head. Lightly burn toasted bread and light hops in the aroma. Sweet, toffeeish malt flavors with a dry, lightly roasted finish. Light bodied with medium carbonation. A decent brown, but nothing to write home about.