Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into goblet at Ray’s clear amber color no head. Fruity apricot aroma and bitter alcohol. Flavor was subtle cloves and nutmeg. Smooth on the palate and very refreshing.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden color with an off-white head and nice lace. Malty aromas with bread dough, light caramel and honey. Hops are somewhat on the green side, with grass and fresh floral scents. Pale malt sweetness with a citric hops balance. Fairly simple, but easy drinking and that is what one should expect from a bitter.
alexanderj (3315) - Branson, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Clybourn; one of the best I have had for the style, if not the best. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee and floral. Flavor was much of the same, with a floral finish. Good beer.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice color. I actually found this to be one of the better beers that I’ve had from GI as of late. Very nice C hop flavor/aroma at the front, finishing with a big bold malt taste. The amazing part about this beer to me was that it had a very clean bitterness, never astringent. Similarly, it never really felt heavy or overpowering and when I was finished, I felt like I wasn’t weighed down by the body at all. Very very nice.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper color with a off white head. Aroma is malty caramel with some bitter hops. Flavor is malty with a bitter grassy hop finish.
Ughsmash (7128) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured medium golden with a ½” cap of creamy white head. Aroma was delicate and complex.. dusty toffee with nice floral highlights.. opened up greatly with warmth revealing light spices and other sweetness.. lightly-toasted.. sweet and enticing. Very tasty in the flavor department.. sweet English toffee and caramel base with well-integrated floral bitterness.. warmth brought out a touch of diacetyl sharpness on the back-end.. medium-length toasty caramel and floral finish. Almost medium-bodied with a sweet base and well-integrated bitterness.. Great brew!
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap at Wrigleyville about a month ago. The waitress told me that it was only the first or second day the beer was on tap. I’m usually not a fan of ESBs as I don’t like all British hops in my beer. Like the rating before me says however, this was different from most ESBs. Honey colored pour with a small head. Lemon citrus, bready malt, and some spice in the aroma. The taste is well balanced between the hops and malt. Very smooth, easy drinking beer.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Wrigleyville: Much different than the other ESB I had for this is not cask conditioned nor is it British styled. The pour was a clean amber hue with a lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of both grassy and citric hops along with both bready and caramel malting. Some light pepper and honey noted as well. The taste is mildly bitter throughout supported by a base of pale sweetness and finished with a dash of acidic grapefruit. Straight forward and refreshing, dry and crisp. Worked with with my burger.