ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a bright, clear amber body with a full, foamy off-white head.
Smell: Crisp hop aroma of citrus fruits, fresh tea leaves, and a pinch of spice backed by a fair amount of caramel malt.
Taste: Subtle caramel malt flavor with a reasonably mild sweetness. Hint of dried breadcrusts. Grapefruit hop flavor with a well-rounded bitterness. A shot of unsweetened Lipton tea. Finishes with a mild, lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Though placed well on the lighter end of harvest-type ales, it was still quite enjoyable.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and malty and lightly hopped. Easy to drink, creamy and smooth. Enjoyable. Something I would come back to.
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Copper color with a yellowish beige head and a fresh hoppy nose with hints of apricot. Strong bready malts with light toasting and lots of orange, apricot and pine resin. A bitter/sweet beer. The finish ends with orange juice and grapefruit rind.
fiulijn (14513) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub, Clybourn location
Bright amber color. Nice aroma of American hops. Good malt, caramel and toffee flavor, some sweetness but also a bit dry, with a finish of good hops, balanced, more resiny than fruity (but itís supposed to be Cascade). Also this one is very well brewed.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a clear, dark amber with a thin, tan head that slowly faded away, leaving some faint lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of caramel, toffee, and light floral hops. The flavor consisted of lightly roasted caramel malts, orange, and pine. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, this was a smooth, easy drinking beer. A nice addition to Goose Islandís lineup that I hope to see again next fall.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice aroma! Quite hoppy: pine, citrus and a decent amount of sweet malt. Pours light hazy copper leaving a fair amount of sticlky lacing. Flavor has a lot of fresh tasting hops at first but quickly fades into a dry, grassy maltiness. Medium bodied. Finishes fairly dry.
doubelknv3 (982) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, Copper with frothy head that quickly vanished. Earthy, with grapefruit hop notes. Grapefruit, mild orange, and earthy flavor notes. Bitter entry with dry bitter finish.
Headbanger (3303) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-A nice medium amber orangish body with a nice white head which has an aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and a little caramel. A nice hop and malt mixture fill your mouth from the beginning to the end with a bit of caramel on the back end. A nice tasting beer.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Single 12 oz bottle from Johnís Grocery (Iowa City, IA). Poured into conical pint glass. I had been meaning to sample this, but hadnít seen it around here. Beer pours a nice dark amber and has a pleasant offwhite head the sticks around. Scents of tea, pine, and hops. First taste leaves a first impression of a nice malty flavor and good (although not overly powerful) hop profile. Head begins to diminish but clings to the sides of the glass. I am beginning to definitively taste caramel in the finish as I get closer to half way done. A nice ESB that I thoroughly enjoyed. If only I could find more! The Gist: Itís no Rogue Brutal Bitter, but I enjoyed it. Mild for itís type. Sessionable.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red amber color with thick creamy head and nice lacing. Hoppy pecan aroma - a unique smell, not great but not bad either.
Overall it is enjoyable and quite drinkable. Nice malty hop flavor with just a touch of a medicinal taste in the finish.