PlainsDrifter (92) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark golden with white head. Grass, hay, some citrus aromas. Fizzy carbonation, clean finish, medium body. Some light malt flavors, but not very flavorful for an ESB.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery, from notes. Medium herbal and grassy hops with a decent caramel backbone. Good, but nothing really outstanding here.
slowrunner77 (9661) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
another miss for us. similar generic (kit?) malt profile to the Stein and even the pilsner mixed with some off/funky hop bitterness. aroma better than the flavor."
foyle (384) - 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.
mkel07 (4991) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique April 2013. Not bad for an organic beer. Good malt profile and strong flavour.
smroush (198) - Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mild aroma. Thin and watery taste. Very mild hops and simple malt flavors. Skip this one. A very mediocre beer.
superspak (4483) - Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/10/2013. Pours fairly cloudy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange peel, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of orange peel, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and toast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and decent robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this was a good ESB. Well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; and veryu smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering.
1pintatatime (134) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber. Lightly carbonated. Aroma is primarily malt with hints of fruit and bread. That malt-forward aroma is followed up by flavor full of caramel, toast, and fruit (specifically a bit of dried apricot). Finish is just bitter enough to counteract the sweetness of the malt. All in all solid if not spectacular.
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours hazy rosy brown with a filmy tan head. Nose is nutty, lightly milky toasty dry bread. Light herbal hops. Taste is toasty and dry, with light nuttiness and a touch of herbal hops. Medium-thin with medium carbonation.
Nekronos (4039) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Somewhat boring. NOt bad but nothing too memorable about. Unfiltered and pale features too.
Onslow (1372) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Tawny amber brew with pale head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, very little grass. Taste is sweet caramel at the very start, nutty in the middle with a slight bittering in the end. Average palate. Overall well crafted brew that is very representative of the style, which however is rather plain.