chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle, not much head, but some very good flavor. Nice regular release from Goose.
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - OCT 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange hue. Tan dense foam. Low head retention. Interesting hop character on nose, some citrus but also some pepper notes. Nice maltiness with clean finish that is on the dry side. Slightly yeast/meaty note.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canít remember who donated this one, but thanks! Orange color with a faint citrus hop nose. Creamy mouth feel with citrus hop falvor.
Tessic (836) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ale poured a dark orange colour with a fast disappearing head. To the nose there was heavy scents of lemon and orange citrus, hopps, grass and pine sap. First taste wasnít as bitter as I expected. Full flavours of citrus with caramel and honey. The finnish is hoppy but not as bitter as expected. This beer ends at a hoppy bitterness that is very light.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle at the Hy Vee Oktoberfest beer tasting 2008. Outstanding berry aroma! Perhaps it tastes a bit like green grape? Has a delicious toasted nutty flavor. Mildly roasted. Great balance. Quite good.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper, tan head with lacing. Starts off like an Octoberfest, but with plenty of citrus hops. You can tell the cascades are there. This was quite good.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper with dense, frothy, beige head that leaves nice lace in its wake. If this is an ESB, itís the hoppiest one that Iíve ever smelt. The other reviews that say they detect little or no hops and/or that the malt is forward, on the nose, mustíve been sampling a different beer than I am. This one smells like an APA, with cascade hops up front and lightly bready and caramel malts in the background. On the thin side of medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is slick and finishes quickly and lightly bitter. The nose says "APA", but the flavor is a well-hopped ESB: rye bread and caramel malt up front with a nice cascade finish. This is one of the better ESBs that Iíve sampled, and itís definitely worth snagging some if you like the style.
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another bottle from Sean, thanks. Pours out an orange color without much of a head at all. Smell is strong on malts and pretty sweet without any notice of hops. Taste is overly malty and rich, somewhat like a marzen beer. Actually as I drank it I sat there trying to think of what kind of beer this was, and I would have never guessed that it was an ESB. Good stuff, easy to drink, yet I dont think I could session this beer at all.
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 Amber body with a healthy head. Nice autumn flavors of caramel, medium-boded malt flavors. Strong blast of hops and spice in the finish, medium length.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - OCT 21, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brixieís, Brookfield IL. I didnít know what style this beer was, but I was very disappointed. I could taste some Cascase hops-- but very weak. Yet no big malt or other flavor to command my attention. This beer kind of wimped along, sip by sip, until I could finally move on to something more interesting. Quite a dull experience.