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.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good head-mostly diminishing. Highly carbonated. Copper amber hue. Hoppy aroma. Metallic on the middle of the tongue.
Ernest (5920) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Bottle (nitro edition). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.
Not much aroma, and similarly bland and watery in the mouth. Depressingly uninteresting.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After just rating a Hammís, this is one of the best-tasting beers Iíve ever had! No really, Iíve had this beer many times before, bottled and from their taphouse. Have to say, I have a lot of respect for this brewery, which just happens to be very close to my home (itís not a case of hometeam pride though). This beer is rich and flavorful with a satiating amount of hops near the finish, but not enough to drive away non-hopheads. For such a "drinkable" beer, it has a lot of complexity to it. Roasty and toasty with a finely balanced sweetness vs. bitterness, complementing one another. Very enjoyable.
Suttree (4744) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well made ESB/IPA/PA style ale. Clean, crisp, hop flavors to start and a nice finish. Not a perfect beer, but a very good one.
joet (1993) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft round, aromatic and drinkable. Great tasting over a broad range of temperatures. A tasty and refreshing companion to sweet or oily foods.
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber brown with a sustained head.
a good british sryle bitter.
sweet creamy malt base with a layer of pungent bittering hops.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2003 re-rate - Medium copper color. Large head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied bitter. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney and they tend to linger a little and finish kind of sweet. A nice very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet....
Medium brown color. Nice malt sweetness, very slight hoppy aftertaste.