madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a nice amber color with a small off white head. Nice aroma of malts and spice. Nice palate with a little bit of hops in the finish. Decent seasonal.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours dark amber with a short creamy offwhite head that stayed pretty well. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and a fair amount of citrus and spice. Flavor is lots of toffee, caramel, and toasted malts, a fair amount of citrus and spice from the well balanced hops too. Nice and smooth throughout with an almost creamy mouthfeel. I thought this was pretty nice.
shadey (1820) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. 2007 version. Pour is a clear amber/brown with a light head of creamy bubbles. The aroma is just a touch of hops that comes in and out of the more dominant caramel malt smells. The flavor is plenty of caramel and mild spices. The hops are really only detectable at the tail end of the finish; just enough to dry out the palate. Not what I was expecting but not bad at all.
markas101 (1748) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo. Clear amber colour, surprising hoppy aroma (was expecting malt for some reason). Lightly carbonated, some faint caramel mixed with nice bitter spiciness. Smooth finish, some lingering spice at the back of the throat. Very nice.
EithCubes (4414) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sweet PNW hops in the nose with pine and resin up there to match the grapefruit. Not so English - but then again, the Cascades add a nice ring. Clear, deep amber with a soapy, creamy tan head. Taste is bitter with a beautiful bready dryness derived from the resin. Woody toffee and frail tropical citrus. Crisp initial attack, full (!) body, and drying out a lot by the end. Wonderfully balanced and drinkable. Oh, man, surprisingly good!
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Nice deep copper with off white head. Aroma of mild hops, some biscuit malt. Flavor is nicely balanced hops and biscuit malt, some hints of spice.
jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice balance of bittering hops to a medium body and malty beer, though this is more bitter than classic ESBs. Copper pour. Fading, off-white head. Aromas of bready malts, caramel with notes of some spice and citrusy hops. The flavor is moderately bitter and moderately sweet and slightly acidic. Nice full body and mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap @ GI- Beautiful nose, shows off the hops well. Cascade is present to me. Drinking this is subdued from the aroma, nice balance, mostly clean.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle, a ligth amber color. Very little head...Smelled of fruit and hops. Taste was pretty mild at first, then some oranges and spices, followed by the bitter hops. Not a favorite of mine.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Clybourn and bottled served in pint glasses: This is a combination of both reviews but honestly there is little difference between tap and bottle except head and mouth feel.
The beer pours a clean coppery amber hue with an initial creamy head on tap, both the tap and bottle faded but left a small amount of bubbles and left very good lace itís wake. The aroma is shocking at first as I figured this was another classic Goose English-styled ESB but instead I found a beer with a nice fresh and citric PNW hop vapor. There is bready, slight toffee, and yeasty aromas too.
The taste does very much display Cascade notes of citric and slight piney bitters balanced wonderfully by biscuity and caramel malts. There is a light-handed spicy and woody note upon the finish. The mouth feel is sprite at first before it smoothes out towards the finish. The tap version did not display the hint of astringency found in the bottle and also seems a bit more creamer. I am rating the mouth feel based on tap.
Honestly this is more akin to an APA than an ESB but then the caramel malting makes this like a hopped up Marzen. Whatever it may be, it is a fine Autumn session brew. I will enjoy the other 5 bottles and may just need to grab another sixer down the road.