groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, not great ESB. Nothing that stands out, but good enough. If you're familiar with Rogues Youngers Bitter, this is kind of a watered down version.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice deep copper color with a good head. Nice citrus and acidic aroma. Sweetly acrid taste. Good flavor of hops that finishes ratehr nicely. A good balanced beer.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2003 Pours light reddish-orange with a grand frothy head. Aroma is strongly citric (grapefruit), hops, fresh bread dough, and raisins. Malty flavor, balanced well with the underlying citrus. Finish is very mildly hopped, piney, and rather light. Let it warm a little, and you'll notice some cane sugar and gingerbread characteristics as it sweetens a bit. A very fine effort by the folks at Left Hand!
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty nose mixed with spice (ginger). Pours a medium orange copper. The large creamy off-white head is fully lasting with fair lacing. The malty and soft flavor has no acidity and finishes with a nice floral hops presence. The light to medium body is dry and soft. Well done.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very smooth beer and quite enjoyable. It is very simple and easy to drink - which makes it a winner in my book.
raymow (767) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice beer. Great color - looks (and tastes) a bit like a red ale. Has a slightly hoppy aftertaste, but not too strong - which I like. I'd definitely get this one again.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a fair to almost good bitter, I prefer Boddingtons bitter, but for an Amrican bitter it was not half bad. Nice and hoppy, some to little citrus.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Earthy English hop aroma apparent. Very clear amber color, good sized head. Malt and caramel dominate the flavor, a little diacetyl (butterscotch), all very nicely balanced by hop bitterness. Slightly bitter hop finish. Very clean. An excellent example of the style.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 9/10/02. Amber/brown color with a light head. Aromas of mild grapefruit and malt. Touch oxidized. Malt and citric flavors follow. Not as smooth as I would like and ESB. Perhaps age has done this one in.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber, semi-transparent which hints immediately at the lack of body. Nothing special here.