DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - JAN 31, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer poured a light amber with minimal white head and noticable carbonation.
the nose was crispy toast and citrucy hops.
Taste was more hoppy than I would expect from an ESB, as in cascade style pale ale. I could be wrong, but that is what struck me. Nevertheless, quite drinkable, but not quite to style.
BBB63 (5696) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2004
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Orangy amber hue with minimal head or lace. The aroma hints of grassy and floral hops, lightly toasted malts, caramel, grapes, sweet bread dough and a touch of phenols. The taste is lightly acidic and bitter with a chalky yeast and wet wheat grainy tone. The flavors lack punch and got boring quick. The mouthfeel is watery and crisp. Below average ESB, does organic mean bland?
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not particularly bitter, nor extra, nor special, argueably. The inital feel of the beer is slightly bitter, but there really isnt much else after it. Mouthfeel is slightly oily and a little crisp at the end.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear orange. Subtle hoppy grass and caramel aroma. Flavor is a bit off... like some sour grains and bread, along with a caramel malt backing. Good palate, somewhat dry and of sour wheat.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 Beer looks good, had a tall head and it stuck around a while. Lighter amber color keeps it real. Aroma was a bit malty, but mostly citrus rind. Same with the flavor. Has mostly a bitter flavor throughout, and finishes with more of a salty-sweet bitterness (hows that for a description). Overall, it had a decent flavor. Not too heavy, not too light. Not too bad either, IMO. Drunk fairly fresh (2 months since bottling), I’d say its pretty palatable.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Thin white head over a clear copper body. Gently hopped straw aroma. Hops dominate the start and middle of the flavor profile. It's not because they're super-strong, it's just that there isn't a log of malt flavor. There is some caramel action at the very start, however. Dull hoppy / carboardy finish. I found this beer to be pretty unremarkable, and the unpleasant finish added to the displeasure.
Aubrey (3412) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber-orange and lightly opaque with an off-white head. Mouthfeel was light, and even watery at times, but it had a nice, underlying malty chewiness to it. Big caramel and cookie flavors. Decent amount of hop bitterness balances things out, with a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Clean-tasting Perle hops were nice. Overall, a little too carbonated and too light on the tongue, but otherwise flavorful and pleasant to drink.
Ernest (6011) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2003 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, toasted bread),
lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers, resin), lightly yeasty (dough, sweat).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly
sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture,
lively carbonation, slightly metallic. A bit metallic with an
uninspiring aroma, but nice flavor balance.
PorterPounder (5099) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is my first beer after a medically related two week abstinence so it is kind of special. Starts off with a decent white head with a wee bit of lacing. Pleasant, light copper-colored appearance. Excellent malty aroma - bit of a wort-like quality to it. First half of the bottle is smooth with some malty undertones but turns a bit carbonated and tinny near the end. Perhaps the chemicals that are usually found in beer is what would keep the palate strong in this case. Not quite as hoppy as some bitters - more akin to some stronger session ales. Overall, a decent bitter.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
At first sniff of the escaping carbonation, I thought "Wow, a really malty example!" - and I was dead wrong - this is a dry-hopped piney example of a bitter that is weak bodied - tasty sure, but not overall substantial. M500 is right - where's the malt?