micronaut129 (143) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lighter amber color with minimal head formation and light carbonation. Head is light with very little lacing and fast fading.
Lightly malty in the nose with very little hop presence.
Taste is quite malty with maybe Vienna or Munich malts. hops are quite low and settle into the background.
Medium feel smooth.
Drinks like your basic Octoberfest, ordinary and weak in flavor.
jcweaver (748) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Light aroma mostly of caramel sweetness. Flavor is pretty bland with some sweet caramel and light earthy hop notes. Slightly bitter finish. Drinkable but overall pretty nondescript.
ben4321 (3356) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 4/11/12
Aroma: It has some sweet malts, light fruit, candied sugar, toast, caramel, toffee, and a hint of funk
Appearance: This is kind of a gusher - pours a hazy orange color with a large foam of off-white head
Flavor: Tastes fairly sweet, much like the nose, with quite a mix of flavors, and some sour and bitterness
Palate: Itís medium bodied, some stickiness, an overly fizzy carbonation, and a slight unpleasantness
I donít really know what to make of this one. As Iím drinking it my mind changed on it on basically every sip, mostly because it seems to change with basically every sip. This is some decent stuff with a lot going on, but all that stuff thatís going on here doesnít always work as a combination all that well. Also, there is way too much carbonation for my liking.
UDBeernut (1272) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured into a cheater pint
A: amber color, 1/4" slight off white head with fair retention, visible carbonation
S: hint of sweet malt, slight flowery hop in the nose
T: flowery hops with some light caramel. Nice balance.
M: light to medium bodied, slightly chewy.
KlextonGaze (60) - Franklinville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From local tap....thin off white head forms that quickly descends into deep copper belly. Gentle caramelized malt and candied fruits aroma segueing into mild palate. Light draft, neither bitter or sweet. Tad short on overall complexity for designation, yet better than average amber.
Jesterdeal (1481) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good hop aroma. Bread, floral and slight grass. Pours deep amber with a medium froth. Taste is disappointing. Sour lager yeast, slight floral and an ok noble hop aftertaste. Did not remind me of an esb.
keanex (1145) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle with no freshness date poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Clear amber with a thin white head that quickly disappears. Slight carbonation activity.
S: Slight sweetness from the malt with some light fruit notes.
T: Very slight bitterness throughout with some light fruit and toasted malt notes. Very clean, but a bit bland at the same time.
M: Very clean throughout, medium bodied with sharp carbonation, very fresh tasting.
O: Despite the bland smell and lacking taste, I still really enjoy this. Itís a very drinkable beer with subtle flavors that leave me sipping for more.
Acknud (1036) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper pour. Soft head. Aroma is a little more malty than I expected. Taste is a balance between malt and Hops. The caramel notes come through well.
Leafs93 (1518) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours burnt orange with a white head. Aroma is caramel, florals and toast. Taste is sweet with a light bitter finish. Light mouthfeel makes this easy to drink. Overall this is good for sessions as it is not to complex but has enough going on to make it interesting.
obguthr (3320) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Barley malt nose with honey accents. Clear amber, medium head. Drinks like it smells, but with more a honey presence.Dried leaves also prominent. I wasnít sure I smelled honey, but the palate confirms it. Pretty nicely done and is exactly what one would expect from an American amber ESB. Better than an ordinary amber.