jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 This is one of my favorites. I had this a couple years ago at a wedding in Sun Valley. I knew it was a good beer at the time but was surprised it was a ESB. Iím a hop head, loved it so was stoked to see it here on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains.
Ernest (6419) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is dark reddish-amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of dirt/mud. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic. Poor mouthfeel (metal shavings, very watery), typical Grand Teton huskiness in the finish, harsh/rough in general, some unsavory notes in the nose...this just isnít working for me at all. Looks nice though. Donít understand how this has a 3.5 average.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin head, very fine. Body is a clear rusted brown. Light malty aroma with touches of butter and caramel. Taste is caramel, butter, light bittering hops. Finish brings out more of the bitterness and just a slight metallic taste, barely noticable. Texture is slightly oily. Simple, but decent.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer offers an aroma of hops with a hint of grapefruit mixed in. The color is between rose and earthly russet and produces a good thick white head. This beer is defiantly bitter as a healthy amount of hops wallop the tongue. The mouth is left with some bitterness and a mild tingle as this solution flows down the throat.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: dark mahagony with a large ivory head. Earthy hop aroma with toffeeish malts and plum notes. The flavour has a very nice hop cone twang that merges nicely with the chewy malts. Long, even finish that makes this extremely drinkable and a solid session ale. A light sourness and bit of spiciness rounds it out nicely, well done.
drpimento (2298) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with a deep mahogany color and tan head that lasted a bit with some lace. Very complex nose with transient characteristic: perfumes, dates, raisens, spices, caramel, vanilla, fresh cut lumber. Very hoppy at first with just a hint of the mellowness of a nice English esb. More of an american IPA to me. Good beer, just not vey true to style. A beer of the month club bottle.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a medium amber color. Aromas of caramel malt, hops, and a touch of citrus. Caramel sweetness in the taste with a good bitterness of hops.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Resiny pine, grapefruit and orange blossom hops with some cookie dough like yeast and caramel malt in the aroma. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent and lasting tan head. Caramel malt sweetness couples with orange, grapefruit, citrus, resiny hops with some suggestions of dark malts and moderate finishing bitterness. Medium light body with lively effervescence that is engaging on the tongue. Sampled at GABF 2005.
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty, caramelly aroma, some earthy juicy fuggley hops. Heavy crystal malt flavor. Very sweet, with a lightly soapy hop flavor. Clean, moderate bitterness. A hint of alcohol. A little disjointed for true sessionability, but decent nonetheless.
Suttree (5289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown, hardly any head. Really nice aroma of caramel and maple, with a faint wineyness in the background. Full bodoed, piney, earthy bitterness balanced out with a caramel sweetness (that was my nickname when I played ABA basketball in the 70ís), Sticky, resiny finish. Tasty session brew. Thanks to Indana_Red for the trade!