Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear medium amber with a medium diminishing frothy off white head. Slightly metallic aroma of toasted bread, grass, and caramel with hints of citrus and pepper. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly woody flavor of toasted bread and caramel with hints of pine and spice. Not bad, but uninspiring.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: bright, amber/gold color, short, white head.
Aroma: clean, meaning, in this case, utterly empty.
On the palate, a brief tart sensation, from some assemblage of hops, and it’s fast to fade. Some citric flavor, but faint.
Body is weak, texture is small, and a coppery feel dominates the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, to a fault.
I applaud the organic nature of the brew, but it doesn’t enhance the taste at all, so I find little other reason to care.
Not a bad ESB, just boring.
sloth (2605) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large tan head with good retention and minimal lace. Clear light copper color. Fruity, lightly citrusy nose. Med/light body, sorta thin. Fruity, citrusy flavors with a light malt undertone. Mildly sweet malty finish.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours a clear copper color with a one inch head and some nice lace. The aroma is of mild hops and fresh bread. The flavor is mild, bread like, ale fruitiness, slightly nutty, somewhat hop bitter, but with an offness that I can not quite put my finger on. The palate is OK. Overall, this is another Ale that indicates that these guys really need to stick to Lagers.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 5, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
color is slightly hazy orange/light copper with an off-white and quickly dissipating head. aroma is quite hoppy with slight grapefruit and big floral notes. flavor is similar with bitter chocolate notes in the finish. its biggest fault is its thinness, otherwise, i don't think it's too bad.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a darker amber color with no head. Aroma has slight fruit overtones along with hops. Definitely more hops than other ESBs, but not overwhelming. Fruit and grass on the tongue. I liked it, but it wasn't spectacular.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a deep amber color with a thick white head. absolutely wonderful aroma of malt and fruit with a hint of yeast and sweet grass. very bready flavor with bits of fruit and carmel...overall very good and very drinkable!!!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A mild session ESB. Gets only slightly bitter, somewhat fruity at the finish. This is nothing to write home about.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really don't know what to say here, it tastes like all of their other beers. Not bad, malty, caramelly, but why bother having so many beers if they all taste the same?
DCopperfields (146) - New York, 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.