simonbilyk (82) - Maine, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Perfectly clear and light brown, creamy head has lasted the entire mug. Aroma is clean, slight resin from hops, some cherry and perhaps a little burnt sugar. First gulp contains glorious rum like flavor. Very light hopping lets the sugar and darker malt show through. It’s smashing with garlic scrambled eggs. I want to keeeep drinking, and definitely want to taste more ESBs. Yay beer!
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - APR 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color, medium off white head and lively carbonation constantly rising to the top - good looking. Initial sweet wheat aroma and orange that gives way to a cleansing tangy hop smell. Can the organic ingredients be the reason for such high marks in look and aroma? Will it carry over to taste? A tangy hop gives the tongue a fresh bitter flavor that then sweetens, giving this beer the opposite taste sensation than most ESB’s I tried. Palate is just right. This is the best Lakefront beer I tried. Clearly premium ingredients make a difference.
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.
muzzlehatch (4830) - 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.
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber/orange, slightly hazy with smallish sediment under huge and bubbly, lace-leavin’ tan. Sweet aromas, highly caramel with alot of fruit... cherry, raisin, some orange and vanilla. Flavor was SWEET with a capital S-W-E-E. I’m not sure what these other cats have been drinkin’, but I’m only getting a smidge of hops. Enjoying this while eating pistachios... it’s like a decadent little dessert. (AND... it was cheap.)
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TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours to a slightly hazy, copper color, with a nice, white head that fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is pleasing with some nice herbal/flowery hop aroma, paired with some sweet malt aroma, and hints of estery fruit. The palate is firm, with good pale/caramel malt flavor, paired with some estery, fruity flavor. This beer finishes with more good malt and fruit flavors up front, then ends with some tangy hop bitterness that slightly lingers. A tasty ESB with good malt, fruit and hop character. A nice session beer, and very food friendly as well. I found myself wanting another after I finished my first. A good sign in my book.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester as part of this brewery’s sampler 8-pack. Pours amber-red with a quarter inch or so of off-white head. Smells like caramel malt with hints of earthy hops. Tastes like caramel and nut with chocolate notes toward the finish. Medium in body with ample carbonation. A good example of the style for sure and quite drinkable. A solid ESB.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of like an English ESB. A decent beer. Better than it’s rating. Refreshing and a good example of the style. Full flavored and satisfying. Nice caramelized sugar flavor. Great malt and body. The finish is great and leaves you wanting more. Good stuff.
foyle (395) - Wyoming, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a 1" frothy cream colored head. Color is rich, cloudy amber with plenty of evident carbonation.
Aroma: potent malt forward aroma -- bread dough and some caramel, also some pleasant floral and earthy hop spice.
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied and sticky with a quite dry, slightly astringent finish.
Flavor: strong malt presence -- rich roasted barley, some butterscotch and caramel, ripe fruit, raisin, the bittering earthy hops round out the finish.
Overall: well done and enjoyable. Fits the style well.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light, leafy green hops float over caramel and bready malts. Clear, copper coloured body is topped by a decent white head that lasts nicely and laces well. Round, bready and caramel malts are thick in the mouth with light finishing bitterness to take the edge off. Chewy, thick, malty, medium body with soft, low, but engaging carbonation. An excellent session bitter. I’m surprised at the low ratings. Sampled at Mondial de la Bière 2005.