LilBeerDoctor (2816) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy orange brown with a super thick off-white head. Aroma of wort, grassy hops, pale malt. Flavor of light fruits, jam, pale malts, and bitter grassy hops in the finish. Easy drinking, lightly hopped, very tasty ESB.
DoublEE (509) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall It was a pretty solid beer of the style. It was flavorful, easy drinking and well balanced.
kwoeltje (2066) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught at brewpub) copper with off white head. Bready malt and mild floral hop aroma. Flavor is nicely balanced between biscuit malt and floral hops. A nice bitter.
Volsconti (21) - - APR 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much to this beer. Very mild but awesome art work. Very very easy to drink.
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JaBier (3763) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GLBC on 1/16/12. Clear gold pour with a medium white head. Aroma of lemon and grapefruit with some pale malt. Malty flavor with earthy English hops, before a crisp orange peel finish. This used to be my favorite session beer back when it was distributed, but when they changed the name to "ESB" vs. "Ale", I’d swear they changed the recipe because the citrus seemed to lessen significantly. Either I was full of it or they changed the recipe back because this batch is tasting really good.
patrick767 (3169) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at the brewpub - Pours copper and has a mild, hoppy aroma with some caramel. The flavor is light hops bitterness with bready and caramel malt and a hint of fruit. The bitterness lingers pleasantly.
JStax (1673) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Having never tasted a Premium Bitter/ ESB I ordered this on tap at the Great Lakes Brewing Co. (on the day it became available to the public) blindly. The aroma is similar to that of an IPA with the heavy hoppiness associated with such beers. As the beer first hits your tongue you can really taste the hops and as you swallow and there is an aftertaste lingering in your mouth, it consists of a nice wheaty, alcohol taste like you would experience with a wheat bear. Overall, This is a very good beer definitely worth getting again.
BigBeer45 (1118) - Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a clear deep gold to copper pour with faint amber and orange hues, made a foamy white and off-white bubbled head, some lacing left on the glass, looks like a pretty beer, lots of malt sweetness aroma with honey, bread malt and caramel, flavors of caramel and bread malt flavors, some malt sweetness but it lasts for a few seconds and disappears with the hop bitterness in this brew, felt like it had a medium mouth feel, ok beer.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from a growler in a pub glass with joshwilfong. Pours a deep brilliant copper with a white head. I got notes of toasted malt in the nose (perhaps Victory malt?) with just a touch of fruity esters. The flavors were pretty clean and straightforward. Toasted malt, a little bit of malty sweetness from a bit of other character malt, and English hops and a touch of fruit in the finish. Given the requirements and constraints of the style, I found this to be a really well-crafted interpretation. Another excellent beer from Great Lakes.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
reddish brown with decent white head. moderate to low carbonation. malty nose. flavor with some English hop bitterness, minimal hop flavor and then some nice toasty maltiness with just a little sweetness. some esters at the finish. very nice ESB