pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Kahootz: Amber color with a white ring head. It has sweet malty aromas full of nuts and toffee perhaps. The flavor is equally malty with some cardboard thrown in. It has a thin finish as well as a slightly bitter aftertaste. To me, it’s a pretty good example of an ESB.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ BBF - Pours a ruddy orangewith a small off white head...aroma is toast and floral hops, with some sweet malt, light cereal graniness...flavour is similar, and this was billed as a pale red, which I definitley think is more applicable than an ESB...great caramel malt backbone to a nicely hopped up dry pale ale...very good stuff...
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber almost a burn auburn color with a light fizzy soda head. Toasted bread and light caramel notes round out the malt with some bitter citrus hops. Light and very sessionable.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Georgetown Liquor Company. Clear red pour with a decent head. Strong hoppy, fruity aroma. I am amazed by the way this beer manages to pull off such a big hoppy taste without the usual strong bitterness of a good IPA- I could drink this all night. Really well balanced. The initial malty sweetness GRADUALLY fades into a bitter hoppy finish. This is the first NW beer I fell in love with after moving to Seattle.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/28/08 On draught at The Panther Room, Seattle, Wa. Aroma is grainy, malty, with some slightly biting caramel. Appearance is a hazy brown with a well maintained cream colored head. Flavor is malt dominant, grainy sweet, with low caramel and moderate noble bittering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy with a moderate carb texture and clean finish. Overall, quite good, and very easy drinking for a red ale, which I normally see as harsh from most American brewers.
anders37 (20883) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Taphouse Grill, Seattle. Pours a reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty caramel hoppy aroma. Malty hoppy bitter flavor with hints of caramel. Long malty hoppy bitter finish with some hints of caramel. Leaving you with a long bitter finish.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber body. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice, moderate caramel malt backbone. Soft grapefruit character and light hops spice and pine.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Porterhouse in Mt. Vernon, WA--Poured a sharp ruby-orange body with a medium-sized white head. Fruity, clean, malty crisp citrus body with a highly drinkable prickly finish.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear body, dark orangey/red hue. aroma and taste more like an amber ale. solid, but not what I’d expect from an ESB.
BillKismet (3659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Gorgeous red-amber with dense head. Nice hop aroma with a touch of grapefruit. Flavor is of powerful grapefruit which leads to a very bitter finish. Only strikes one flavor note.