muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blood-orange red, clear, medium head that sticks around a bit. Nose nicely balanced between caramel/butterscotch sweetness and citrusy hops. Flavor unfortunately a bit of a letdown for me, decently balanced like the nose but just not a lot happening. Some apricot, it seems, little bit of orange and rather weak on the malt. Good solid bitter end, good body. Worth drinking, but like their IPA hardly the best of style.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely, bright reddish body under a lacing head. Very British mix of hops and malt drying out perfectly. However, not a go-to beer, mostly on account of price. I will admit that I have a prejudice in favor of ESBs with more citric hop qualities. On appearance and palate, however, it canít be beat.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and hoppy, it certainly is bitter.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful bready, malty, bittersweet aroma/flavor. Beautiful amber color with a perfect creamy tan head. Great thirst quencher.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty solid. Aroma is malty and alcoholic, with a bit of fruit and hops. Taste is much the same, with a little more emphasis on the hops. Really good ESB, but I wouldnít mind a bit more bite in the middle. Iíd like a little less alcohol, because it really comes through in the taste. I prefer bitters with very low alcohol content. Awesome beer, in any case. Iíd love to try this on tap, or casked if Iím so lucky.
mribm (447) - Hurley, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured with a small head that quicly faded. There wasnít enough malt for my liking, but overall it was still a good beer.
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is a beer! I love this friggin beer and im not quite sure why... creamy, fruity, with a great sensation as it glides down the throat... cherry licorice, banana and some slight raspberry... floral, fruity aroma and a great maroon appearance. great on tap... malty as hell, and i still canít understand why this style is referred to as a bitter...
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best ESB and a standard for others to follow.
rlhubley99 (36) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first ESB. Really enjoyed it. Poured with a creamy head, although it didnít stick around for too long. Nice sort of hazy copper color. Medium bodied, long aftertaste. A nice brew, will buy again.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium brown color, medium head. Medium bodied ale. Matly and hoppy. A nice full malt finish excellently balances the hoppyness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Smooth taste. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is matly with a very slight bitterness.