bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 31, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from brickskeller. aroma is mild maltiness, color is a light gold, fairly clear. pours little head and zero lacing. light mouthfeel, low bitterness, and sweet malty finish. inoffensive, but definitely not remarkable
hershiser2 (1146) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
$1.49 for a 12-oz single. Nice amber with a large head. Smells hoppy, chalky. Mild, almost nul taste. Metallic.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This appeared a clear amber color with about 2 fingers worth of frothy white head. The head quickly died down to a cap of bubbles leaving sparse lacing around the glass. All I can pick up in the nose is the sweet caramel malt. The taste was similar with caramel malt dominating and a slightly fruity sweetness joining it. Even though the finish is slightly bitter the sweetness is still a little excessive. This is about a medium body brew with good carbonation. I easily finished this and could have had another if not for the eventually overbearing sweetness. Overall a decent ESB but there are better choices available.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear light copper with nice head.mild hop flavor and aroma. enjoyed at the time, though it was a little thin and lacking in a malt character.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2004
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
itís about the color of cassette tape-- a lot more clear than cassette tape, yes, but not as strong as cassette tape. it settled into a tumbler like a fat man into a lazyboy recliner, filling the space and bulging a bit as well with a brief corpulence of foam. the foam melted away however, like a half-hearted insurgency, before it had even been fired upon. aromatically, it hasnít much to say. tongue tied, reserved, or vacuuous? it soon becomes clear that the aroma is more than just demurely circumspect-- there is really nothing there at all. you ask it: "what kinda hops you got in there?" and it grunts a barely audible and irritable response that suggests youíre bothering it when it was trying to nap. the kind of aroma that makes one wonder if the aroma is in a code that we canít translate. verily, an icecube or jar of marbles has more aroma. soft carb, and water leads the sensory "parade" of flavors. a bit of sweet malt starts to say something but is interupted by more water and thus looses itís train of thought. hops similarly stand up in a flustered way to apparently aggitate about something important, but again water grandstands and pushes all body and character away from the mike. has approximately the flavor youíd get if you simmered a couple grocery bags and bread ends with a crackled old dictionary from the nineteen twenties and then carbonated the juices. weak, watery, and dull as the fine print in an insurance form. my god.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber and murky. Taste is somewhat lacking. But maybe Iím drinking this a little too cold? Not bad though
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hopsalicious. Bitter. Murky waters that are somewhat appealing. Minty-bittersweet. I can tolerate btu would probably prefer something more stable.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours an amber color with a small thin white head. Not alot of flavor here to speak of. Also nothing special at all.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear coppery color, with small, but suitable off-white head. Aroma is clean, but fruity, with hints and dribbles of citrus, grapefruit, fresh and zesty. Taste is zippy, with delicious spritzes of hops that maintain a presence throughout the finish and all through the contents of the bottle. Great balance, smooth, but full of flavor.
Normally I turn my nose at ESBs, but this one has style, body, and taste that many lack.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2004 Pours a nice clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is malty with a hint of apple and bread. Taste is of caramel, toasty malts, grapefruit and english hops. Moderately sweet, kind of bitter. Medium mouthfeel, gets progressively watery. Could use a little more malt body and sweetness IMO. Good lacing and head retention. Decent.