npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
True to form--quicly diminishing head over a reddish body. Slightly bready malt flavors dominate, with some toffeeish and buttery notes. The hops aren’t really ’pronounced,’ they’re just kind of their to make things a bit more bitter, as one would expect of an ESB. I don’t know what ESBs others have been drinking, but this seems to fit the profile I’ve come to expect from English brewers like Gales and Fullers.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Middle-of-the-road. I can see why some would consider this unlike the standard ESB; the color is certainly light. ’Hop spiciness’ is right; it’s not floral or grassy but rather lightly, how shall I put it, piquant. Eminently drinkable, though.
muzzlehatch (4593) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2002
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, first try. Color light orange-red, with big but quick-disappearing head; aroma incredible, with too many fruits bursting through to count (a few that stick: raspberry, grapefruit, cherryapple) plus a nice hint of caramel malt; flavor an excellent balance of flowery citrus & bitter hops with enough of the aforementioned sweet malts to give it body (though it could be just a bit thicker); finish is a little on the quick side. Overall, another fine product from one of the USA’s great unknowns.
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2001
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An ESB? I don’t know about that. Pretty inoffensive, but, not much else. The taste fades quickly. I guess you could call it a ’lite’ ESB.
Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Rerate: I take issue with the 'Organic' label in general -- beer is almost all organic. Distinct malt and caramel aroma with good hops. Notes of blackberries in a medium bitter brew. I liked this a lot better the 2nd go-round. Good palate for a bitter, and very drinkable.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer had a very unique malt nuttiness that was very enjoyable.