Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer itself was a brilliant, clear ruby-brown with a spongy tan head. Fair cap, bad label, bad name. Western hop aroma over caramel and fruit in the templated APA/AESB style. Hoppy enough, but not ragged. Grapefruit, medium sweetness, grassy and green. Chalky medium body, finishes just like it tastes, but overall the palate I would rate as its best feature - smooth. Standard fare. Unless PorterPounder beats me to the punch with his half of the Ale-in-the-Mail selection, I shall be the 100th rater of this average fare.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle from irishboy)clear amber color with a nice light brown head that left some webbing.aroma is bitter hoppy with some caramel.flavor mixes up the aroma.along with some nuits,and dark fruits.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby/brown color with a nice 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma is dates, caramel, a bit earthy. Taste is sweet, has a bit of caramel, slight hop background, a bit mettalic. Doesnít seem much like a esb, but whatever.
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Fruity plummy aroma with a touch of malt and citrusCherry brown with a small tan head; citrus and malt flavor with a bitter finish.
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Thanks to Isaac for hauling this all the way back to Texas on a burro through sleet and tornadoes past bandidos and federales. Mohogany pour, thin head, woody nutty notes. Alcohol seems very up front, robust and sweet. Well balanced with a hint of citrus. Hoppy floral notes stretch the style parameters, but hey this is an American ESB.
blather (1) - USA - SEP 9, 2006 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent finish, frothy dense head. While not particularily bitter it is one of the best ESBs Iíve tasted.
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is one really really good ESB. Taste is a little hoppy and grainy. Not really bitter but quite nice. Best beer I found on my trip to Zion National Park.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 12 oz bottle via trade with Indiana_red (thanks ken!).Pours a hazy dark copper color with an average size foamy head. Fruity aroma with notes of orange, yeast and citrus hops. Nice medium to full body. Sweet orange flavor, followed by lemon, pine and grapefruit in the finish.Lots of undertones here. Very complex and a very nice use of the hops. Well balanced with just enough malt backbone. Nice lingering bittersweet aftertaste. This is a bitchiní good american take on an ESB!
***********11/22/06 rerate-because i did not know i had already rated it, lol...original rating 8/4/9/5/17=4.3*****
12 OZ bottle via Malt of The Earth Beer Club. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a very small head. Nose is mostly floral hops, some malts, and some toffee. Flavor starts out sweet, some caramel, orange, vanilla, berries..then turns to some citrus and grassy hops. A long bittersweet aftertaste. Medium body. Definately an American style ESB as opposed to British style.
TAR (2686) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Burgundy in color. Wilting, uneven collar of light beige foam. Earthy, pinewood, and blackberry jam aroma. Hint of diacetyl and dougy yeast. Big bubbles prickle and scrub the palate. Initially airy, slightly acidic, and slickly fruity with chalky roast and burnt caramel undertones. Aggressive acidity robs much the bodyís appeal, but the firm Crystal sweetness remain strongs. Harsh blood orange acidity creeps in and taints the latter half of the flavor. Finishes with resounding caramelly and nutty malt expressions, along with salted red licorice and a fuzzy earthy bitterness that lingers. Citric hop flavors ensue with each burp.
This is still too hoppy and acidic, and the aroma is overly yeasty, but itís nice to see an American ESB thatís appropriately malty and estery. Would greatly improve if they replaced these high-aplha hops with something less brash.
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa. Dark ruby brown, small creamy tan head (3+). Interesting hop aroma, mild green character like lush vegetation. Light bitterness, similar mild hops to those in the aroma, earthy malt notes, very light caramel malt. Light hints of citrus as it warms? Average palate. Nice. Doesnít blow me away but I would definitely seek this out on tap for a longer session if I was in the neighbourhood.