CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on cask in May of 2006: Pours a slightly hazy copper mahogany with a thin, nicely-lacing white head. Aroma has good authentic toasty caramel maltiness and nice bitter hoppy balance. Body starts with a sweeter toasty, almost biscuity malty presence and good English hoppy flavor. Very drinkable and fairly authentic.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. burnt orange colour when held to the light. strong aroma - somewhere between butterscotch, sweet caramel, and molasses with a paralleled scent of brown sugar and maple syrup - i want to pour this aroma on my pancakes. the one thing about bitters is that they never are bitter. in fact, this is quite the opposite, revealing its brown sugar taste the moment it hit my lips. the hops here are magnificent, as they enhance the beer without dominating the sugary malts. its commercial description is one of the few that are actually accurate. the finish here is smooth, and not domineering, and leaves a mellow aftertaste for the palate to enjoy. drinkability: 8 of 10.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pored a hazy orange color with a good lasting head. Not as hoppy as I would have like. It was very thin in the mouth. Decent beer.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am not all that well-grounded in judging ESB’s versus style, ut this is certainly a good bit lighter than a Fuller’s ESB I had some time ago. The light hoppiness of this brew made me think more of an English-style IPA than an ESB. It is a light and pleasing beer, but rather unmemorable.
It poured a very attractive and slightly hazy red-orange color with good head formation and retention.
Odor was rather fruity...a sort of non-specific hop smell.
Taste was that of caramel malt with some fruit augmentation. It seemed well balanced with some isoamly acetate (banana) flavor in the finish. All-in-all, a pretty good tasting beer.
Mouthfeel was very light, but unremarkable.
fiulijn (16175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Flying Saucer, Addison TX
Amber color. Ordinary Ale, a bit sweetish, with caramel and fudge flavor. Average bitterness.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 Slight haziness in an orange pour, good retention of the white head. When it does begin to recede it leaves lacing that looks like it has bullet holes in it. Aroma is of English pale malt and a light dose of caramel malt. Also notes of grassy hops, slight mustard seed. Ingredients smell very fresh, more of an English tinge than I’d have guessed. Flavor time. Honeyed malts and pervasive carbonation lead the way, not so English. Now the bold American hops make me take their notice. Sweet in mid-palate, drying substantially in the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel towards the end as well. Pretty good and somewhat quaffable. Too many high alpha hops for an ESB.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light amber with a small white head. Light grassy, floral, and roasty malt aroma. Flavor is a bit watery, but there is still a nice hop character and roasty malt notes. Palate is light/medium, resiny hops, watery, and a bit of roasty nutty malt. Not bad, just not a whole lot going on. Could certainly drink a bunch of these though.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite red amber very clear with plenty of carbonation. Aroma is most noticeably grapefruit and other citrus. Just a hint of sweet fruits. Starts fairly dry, there’s a nice hop bite, and then finishes smooth and only a little sweet. Slightly metallic. A remarkably drinkable ale.
thefederalist (296) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a nice head. Aroma is malty and grassy. Flavor is nutty and a little funk from one of the hops. I am beginning to think that there is a particular hop variety that I am not fond of because this flavor appears in many beers. Otherwise a nice, drinkable ESB.
Tranquillity (1451) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Weird aroma. Sweet brea-yeast flavour, some perfume. Medium-brown colour, small white head which disappears. Nice sweet taste, short bitterness. After a while it gets boring and too sweet.