Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Tawny brown body with a lasting foamy head. Caramel, low-medium hops, dried apple chips, light nutmeg, some canned corn juice, very good fruit flavors that are kept in check very well.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ho hum not much here. Poured an amber color okay head and okay lacing. Aroma was of light fruits. Flavor was the same with a little malts to there. some malts very very thin to me. just an average beer.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear amber with a thin white head, quickly diminishing. Aroma of caramel malts with some hops. Flavor of caramel malt with some ale esters and a slight hop background. Malt and hops are basically balanced, but only because neither really stands out. A bit thin on the palate. Another run of the mill APA which leaves no real impression.
shrubber85 (8603) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Fresh berry malt aroma. Medium amber color with small head. Lightly sweet malt flavor with light hops finish. An easy drinking beer - a bit light on the hops for the style but still very good.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Curraghs: Amber in color, minimal head. Had nice flavor but was lacking hops. Definetly better ales out there, but overall it was an okay beer
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2006 12 oz bottle. Beautiful transmitted orange color; has a cloudy/murky reflected color. Initial reaction = not as good as Bass but better than Redhook; put it just under S.Nevada. Actually well balanced. Excellent aroma, decent lacing. Medium to high on the conditioning bite/sting. APA for sure; trying to copy the Brits using indiginous materials...Got a strange buzz from this beer, and I detect the piney-ness which is in their IPA (someone mentioned that this is the Chinook hop). Tastes like thier IPA w/ less hops.
drfabulous (4615) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Goose Island is the closest I drink to commercial beer. Honkers is a mainstay when you’re in basic bars in Chicago. it’s "ok." Basic pale ale. Nothing special. Hardly hoppy. You buy it when it’s the only real beer on the menu.
zach8270 (3793) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Had a few of these at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Nice amber color with a tiny amount of white foam. Aroma was nice and hoppy with a hint of some bitterness and some sweet malts. Flavor wasn’t as hoppy as I was expecting, but it was still nice. Nice and smooth hop flavor at the beginning with a medium body and a slightly bitter and not too overpowering hoppy finish. A bit watery but not too bad.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent apa. Sort of like Anchor’s Libery Ale but not quite as vibrant. Little on thin side.
eaglefan538 (2923) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2008 Re-rate, Jan ’08, bottle at the Midway airport: Much more impressive experience (for the style) than my first. Fully lace yielding head/appearance. Nicely hopped up earthy resinous presence, all supporting toffee, caramel, even nutty and slightly fruity base beer. Refreshing preparation for the flight home. Two thumbs up withinthe ESB family of beers! Bumping the numbers up a bit. Original rating: Snorefest here, as most bitters tend to put me to sleep. Pour was amber colored with an ok initial head, decent lacing. Aroma was fruity. Flavor was fruity with some balancing hops and rich matiness underneath. Couldn’t make out the fruit flavors, almost seemed somewhat berry-like. Mouthfeel was fairly heavy for a bitter or ESB. An odd bitter aftertaste was left in the mouth. Beers like this require a tap pour to get a real sense of the work - a luxury which wasn’t afforded me.