tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught. This seems to be a "safe" ESB. Nothing very original. Hops that resemble grapefruit zest and a bit of maltiness. Kind of one dimensional and not something I would order again, but not terrible for what it is.
DDD (1) - USA - AUG 18, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, Barley’s Taproom, Asheville, NC and again at the French Broad Brewery Tasting Room
The BEST ESB I’ve ever had! Wonderful hoppiniess with a crisp finish.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, Barley’s Taproom, Asheville NC. Slight malt sweetness and intense bitter hops on the nose. Dark copper color and very bubbly. Mild citrus hops flavor along with some apple over a medium alcohol and bitter malt body. Dry finish. A great ESB.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one on tap at The Federal in Durham. Served it at cellar temperature. Light copper color with tenacious head. Low to moderate carbonation. Malty aroma and flavor with mild hop bitterness. Smooth finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9096) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Hoppy, floral, and citrus aromas. Pours copper with a frothy white head; good lacing. Citrus hoppy flavor, hidden malt. Medium bodied and creamy palate.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a golden yellow with a nice head. Flavor is nice but way to bitter for me. Not something Ill ever try again
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Coppery, with little white yead. Smells a little hoppy, but the bitterness was lacking. It tasted underhopped and malty. Crisp finish, but not a particularly noteworthy beer.
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft. orange, clearer, small white head.
aroma of oily piney hops...i like that...very hop dominated character, not a typical ESB, a little light, reminds me of a typical IPA, good though.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Barley’s Taphouse in Asheville. Hoppy with a good tongue bite. Amber in color. Good head with nice lacing. Mild in carbonation.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy golden color with no head. Spicy hop aromas lead to a very hoppy beer all around. From the bitter floral flavors in the beginning to the dry, smooth aftertaste, this is less balanced than other ESBs. Not much malt flavors to speak of. Some crisp citrus flavors, but not enough to round this out.