stravale (2075) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe
Amber...clear...large frothy white head...good lacing
Aroma - Caramel malts...some sweetish toffee....slight floral notes....light spicy hops...hint of berries 7
Taste - Caramel malts...toffee...light bitter spicy bit grassy hops...very light fruits...mellow flavours...slight cake mix....emphasis on the malts
Palate - soft carb...thin to medium body...smooth...light sweet caramel. Finish as main flavour with some more bitterness...cleans well
Overall - A reasonably good pale ale...nothing outstanding...flavour a bit restrained for the abv but what’s there is pleasant....nice easy drinking
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp honey aromas on the nose with herbal hops. Iron Horse pours slightly hazy with an amber hue. Grassy hops upfront with an earthy bitterness and hints of pine. Not bad.
Leighton (10772) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Hepworth stall at MasterChef Live, Olympia Centre, London. Pours gold with a small, white head. Has a sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel. Medium sweet flavor, toffee, light fruits, slight herbal bitterness. Light to medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Mild bitter finish, slight leaves, caramel malts, mild bread. Nice beer.
mike_77 (3037) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale copper colour. Quite a floral, hoppy aroma and a hint of wood too. Nice dry, hoppy flavour.
joe19612 (1839) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pours a light brown colour with a thin white head that soon disappears. Plenty of roasted malt in the aroma, the taste is malty with a hops and a hint of some caramel with a dry finish.
wlajwl (3816) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel malts and earthy in aroma. The flavor is malty and slightly bitter with the requisite fruity malt/hop aftertaste. Not bad overall, similar to an EPA but still enough punch for an ESB.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden-pour with a bit of soft sweet caramel/toffee flavour. There is a bit of fruit and some orange peel and some cherry. Estery and herbal. Fresh and a little bit hoppy. Soft palate - pretty lovely brew. A little bit of floral character.
GTAEgeek (1202) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle and the Nook. Pours dark orange with a thin but persistent head. The aroma is apples, some nutty notes, and orange and pine hops. The flavor is a measured and subtle bitterness, with roasted malt sweetness in the front. The palate is medium, fairly carbonated, and a little astringent. A good, flavorful bitter.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy copper with a thin beige head, medium body with high carbonation.
Aroma: bright minerality, grassy hops, white bread.
Taste: pale and toffee malt sweetness, crisp minerality, and grassy hops with a hint of pine emerging as it warms.
Has an interesting character to it. Could work very well with certain food pairings.
OleR (4801) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.5L bottle from Ex Cellar, Fulham. Two fingers of cream-ish white foam. Body is brilliant, pale amber. Nutty and bready with a rounded sweetness to the nose. A noticable whiff of hay/grass from the hops. Fairly sweet malt flavor. Toasted, light peppery with caramel tones. Distinctly bitter, earthy and grassy. Well-bodied. Slick in the mouth. Dryness and fine bitter tones in the ending. A pretty nice ESB.