DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.5 A: Mildly hazed dark orange color. A little over one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention doesn’t quite meet average, but a small ring of lacing is left.
4.5 S: Solidly malty with a deep toastiness. A touch of yeasty breadiness. Good caramel presence. Fairly simple, but really nice.
4.0 T: Like the nose, this has only a few flavors, but they are done really well. Caramel, lots of toast, malty sweetness. Light bready yeastiness.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Savory light chewiness. Super smooth.
4.0 D: Well made beer. No faults and great flavors.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-29-2012 08:01:52
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Grippitis. Burnt orange colour with a lively beige head. Aroma is caramel with orchard fruit hops. Flavours of caramel, cooked apple, peachy nuances. Tea-like bitterness. Decent enough, but a little gassy.
Kimbo419 (19) - - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another bottle share (thanks again Crispy). Bread-y aroma, light brown in color with a decent amount of white head. Sweet, slightly hoppy taste. The hops give more of a floral quality than bitterness. Not overly hopped for an ESB. Very smooth, easy-drinking beer. Just the right amount of carbonation, slightly dry finish. Very good example of an ESB, I would drink this again.
videofrog (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes, 2/27/12:
Poured a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. "Enjoy By" is on the back of the label, but the stamp is no longer present.
A: Really nice orange to reddish orange hue with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Piney hops and sweet malt aromas. Slight fruity esters from yeast.
T: Great balance of hops and malts. Piney and citrusy hop flavors up front with bready, grainy, and caramel malts.
M: Slightly thin mouthfeel, but spot-on for what I’ve had of other examples of the style.
O: This is my first Full Sail brew, and I enjoyed it. I like the ideas of single-hop beers for educational purposes, and the label indicated Challenger (UK) hops with 5 malts. Worth a try.
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle, pours a hazy copper with an off white head. Smells sweet and malty. Same flavors as we’re expected by the aroma. This is a solid beer.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Very malty with just enough hops to keep it from becoming cloying. Something was slightly off in the aroma, but was not too unpleasant. The malt flavors were the real stars. Sort of British. More hops came out as it warmed, but they were still only supporting players to the malt.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy to murky, medium to dark, brownish orange with a small, cream-colored, head that kept a thin sheet and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel and grain (later); light to moderate floral, herbal and earthy hops; less citrusy lemon hops; toffee; tea; and slight butterscotch. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and slightly acidic with an average duration. There was caramel, tea, toffee, sweet malts, maybe a little honey, lemon citrus hops, earthy and somewhat herbal hops. The medium body was oily and slightly syrupy, but mostly slick with fizzy carbonation and lightly metallic and dry finish.
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad brew, but not my favorite. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small head. Good malts to the nose that almost hint at a bread, but not a lot of bitterness.
Mora2000 (6101) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of biscuit malt, with a hint of pine and earth from the hops. The flavor is very similar. There is a good dose of sweet biscuit malt, as well as some toffee, earth, grass and a hint of pine. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Crispy34 (491) - Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. The aroma smells like a great, full flavored beer should. You can almost taste the quality with your nose. A very hoppy smell, more like an ipa than anything else, but still very pure and inviting. This is a very good looking beer, complete with a nice, frothy head to keep in the wonderful aroma. The flavor just rolls across your tongue very nicely. I first got the fresh hop flavor without any bitterness at all. As the hop flavor subsided, it turned into the a really good esb bitter flavor. Very interesting and unique. The mouth feel was thick without being too heavy. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will definitely try again...and again.I have never tasted that pure hop flavor mixed with an esb. Very good cause I enjoy a good esb. You should really try to get some of this one.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Might be one of my favorite beers ever. Damn near perfectly balanced, great look, aroma, and most importantly taste. If they made this a year round beer my fridge would be stocked with it constantly.