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 (1747) - 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 (3431) - 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 (6198) - 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 (5471) - 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?
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very light ESB with tiny grassy hop finish brought to you by a very carbonated body. Slight notes of sweet malt are hard to detect. Super light overall.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is a clear golden hue of yellow with a inch high head of bubbly froth settling fast leaving a thin haze and big bubbles on top with thin stringy and spotty lacing. Smell is very light of floral hop and slight grass note. Taste is nice and sweetly bitter with good strong malt backbone thats a bit of caramel. The feel is light and is almost full with great sweet bittering dryness thats up front and smooths out through the finish. This stuff is very drinkable, very smooth and has a finely bittering tolerance. Quite nice.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep gold body topped off with a soapy head; lacing was o.k. Taste is medium malts with a nice hop - citrus and thinner towards the end. At the finish, there's a nice big rush of fruit and hop that should've stayed around longer.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light color with light aroma. A little head. Flavor is a bitter hoppy flavor that is kind of rough. The finish was a carbonated medicine feel. Not a fan of organic beer i guess.