philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fire Station 5 Brewing Company--Fire Drill ESB Red Ale--2003 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV-IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) ESB--Mild lacy head. Clear thin light amber color. Light toasted hop front. Mild earthy biscuit dry sweet light toasted caramel mild fruit thin body. Crisp clean mild spice hop end. Mild tasty ESB. Sampled 4/20/2004.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky orange pour with a non descript white head. Very mild hop presence and some alright malt flavor. Mediocrity.
19Ei8hty (1132) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Always interesting to see what kind of beers you run into when you help someone move - Seen a lot of this on store shelves, first try:
Sweet and bitter - true to its name i suppose. Very thin bodied. Not much hop flavor and the malt was not really interesting. Ok overall but very boring.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A very drinkable "session’ beer, but lacking in robust flavor or bitterness. Pours amber with small head and very filtered. A mass produced beer that is OK.
BrewDad (4582) - Olympia, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep amber color with a hoppy aroms and al ight head. This was a surpisingly nice EBS had some flavor but the finish was missing. This is way mass produced and had too many flaws to be a great beer. Metal flavor and a very heavy yeast flavor also.
boFNjackson (4001) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 poured from bottle. Orange color, white head which diminished quickly. Aroma of faint hops and slight fruit. Hoppy, well carbonated palate. Flavor of hops and fruit, maybe citrus. Finishes clean but leaves a little metallic after bite.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light fruity aroma. reddish amber. Decent hops up front but quickly overpowered by metalic taste, finishes light and somewhat sour. Probably won’t buy again.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is so far from an ESB. This tastes more like an amber ale, the malt character way overpowers anything else, and leaves very little if anything to be bitter, except for a slight bit of hoppiness in the finish.
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a medium amber color. Aromas of hops and some sweet malt. Flavor not as pleasant as the nose. Nice hop bitterness at the finish.
homebrew (15) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 11, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
The definition of the style has been ignored in packaging this beer. The malt bill and bittering hops are insufficient for an ESB. The hop aroma and sickly thin malt flavor would provide excellent competition for any silver can, which is what this beer should be packaged in.