poisoneddwarf (1839) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, bottled on 9/1/13--a little over two months old. Aroma is spicy, perfumy, floral hops, caramel malt, earth. Pours clear copper with a medium off-white head with decent retention; leaves some lace. Taste is mostly sweet with a light bitter edge. Caramel is the dominant flavor, but piney hops hover in the background. Creamy mouthfeel, somewhat soft carbonation. Not bad in execution, but not for me. With this style, at least for me, it’s give me a Fuller’s or give me something else.
superspak (3067) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/2/2013. Bit of a gusher upon opening. Pours lightly cloudy orange copper color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, pear, toast, biscuit, floral, light pine, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, toast, biscuit, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, floral, toast, biscuit, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt and hop flavors; with a very nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good ESB style. Good balance of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Lightrider (311) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into an ale glass. Pour is a dark Amber,gold with a fine head. Aroma is hop and lite grains. Taste is a great bitter wash. Finish is smooth with more bitter than a lot of ipa’s. A great ale.
merc7186 (2366) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Decent Lacing
S: Sweet Bread, Mildly Floral, Mildly Grainy
T: Semi Sweet Bread, Floral, Mild Banana???
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter
Overall, a slightly above average harvest, nice blend of malts and mild hoppiness.
boozedude (2158) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into glass..clear red pour with thin white head..aroma is a light sour fruit..taste is cinnemn..pumpkin..hopps..good overall
mrhopsbeertalk (177) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very flavorful and balanced harvest ale. The spicy bitter bite is nicely balanced by the subtle sweetness of caramalts.
commonmac (506) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour into pint Belgium snifter glass. Very slight head but a visually appealing appearance in a deep burnt sienna color. Surprisingly refreshing malty IPA. A well-balanced ale that really delivers a solid taste and an unexpected satisfaction.
commonshawn (516) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber. Good lacing. Sweet and malty aroma. Bitter but not as much as expected. Reminded of an English ale. Didn’t love how it finished. Uncertain how well the harvest is coming in.
obxdude10 (2099) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle that poured a bright and clear amber color with a decent-sized beige head. The head left some nice lacing around the inside of the glass. The nose was nicely balanced, with a nice combo of sweet and bready malts and crisp and slightly spicy hops. The flavors resemebled the nose, with hints of bread, caramel and toast. I also got a delicious hoppy tone from the body. The finish was smooth, dry and bready. A very nice ESB.
brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a perfect October beer! It is more flavorful than Sam Adams Octoberfest. It's a must try for the fall and craftbeersmen.