BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled: Clean amber hue with a big fluffy head and excellent lacing. The aroma has notes of chalky mineral water, dusty yeast esters, biscuity malts, subdued pine and floral bitters, a touch of orange zest and apple. The taste is more akin to that of an APA but there is some ESB characteristics lingering about. The earthy qualities and twang seem most appearent. Chalky texture with astrengent notes seem to dry the palate, making it less refreshing than it should be. The feel and flavor isn’t ESB like at all. Perhaps if this was on hand-pull and cask conditioned, it may be closer to the real thing. Still, this isn’t a bad beer and is nicely quaffable. Note to all: Let this beer warm up to cellar temps for bring out the best of the nose and taste.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear pink-hued amber body, beautiful springy, fluffy white head. Leaves bunchy, not drippy lacing on the glass. Biscuit, grahm cracker, and light spruce in the aroma. The strongest part of the flavor is the resinous hops, they’ve got an oily/slick quality about them. Malt flavors are hard to pick out, it feels like a light caramel malting but the hops do an too-effective job of covering them up. Finishes with more sprucey hops and some cereal sweetness (told ya I’d find it!). I don’t really know what an ESB is supposed to taste like but I do know that this guy could have used a stronger malt backbone, something like Sprecher’s IPA would be really tasty.
JPDIPSO (5597) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light amber color with a moderate light beige bubbles with a few rings of lace. Mild toasted rye bread with light herb and pine wood aromas. Sharp grapefruit pith start followed by some dry malt flavors. Finish is Rather acidic and flavors of malt continue. Finish is quite bitter and not all that inviting with more pine pitch. Lacks malt profile and balance for an ESB.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very nice head. Light hoppy aroma, more hoppy than I was expecting. Color is a very light, transparent orange. Mouthfeel could use a little work, just not quite creamy and malty enough.Taste is nutty and mildly hoppy. Finish may be a little too bitter.
Ernest (7317) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2004 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is moderately hoppy (flowers, grapefruit, resin), lightly malty (toasted bread), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Very average, and kind of an unusual style choice for a brand new beer from this brewery, considering DPA pretty much fills this niche already (this isn’t very British styled, IMHO).
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2004 Watery amber color, decent head. Slightly floral, herbal hoppy aroma. Tannic bitterness, low on malt or hop flavor. Not offensive, by any means, but nothing particularly notable.