thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing and a transparent light amber brown colored carbonated body. Its aroma is nicely malty with a hint of brown ale about it. Its mouthfeel is initially bubbly and smooth then it finishes with a slighly bitter hop bite. The flavor contains elements of hops, spice and a little bready.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty, mAlty, maLty, malTy, maltY, Malty, This beer is Malty!
When poured, this traditional Bitter has a gleaming copper/amber appearance and a fluffy white head. But I am not so fond of the flavor and aroma; it’s slightly metallic, there must be lots of iron in the water they used; this is an odd statement but the flavor and aroma remind me of BLOOD? The strong malt presence is not so much nutty, but its bitter, dry, and snappish, like a nut that was not fully developed, immature, or still green. I have no doubt that this is a well-crafted beer, but it’s not quit my style.
3fourths (7769) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at about 60 F. Bright, clear copper hue. The smell is a mix of mild hops, maple, and some wood. Very spicey. A little thin, but still enjoyed as the bitterness was not evident, but the big malt profile on the flavor showed up quickly. There is an empty mustiness present that I don't enjoy, but overall this is not too bad.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color and a decent head that mostly faded but left behind some fair lacing. Nice floral hop and fruity malt aroma and flavors. Very well-balanced. Crisp palate and medium bitter finish. Flavors linger quite nicely. A quality beer from a quality brewery. I could happily drink several of these in succession.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with fairly large head. Nice malty aroma.Bitter citrus taste that does get better as it warms.Solid balance of hops and malts are used. Dry finish.
ekarmst (44) - Ames, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fine example of a ESB. I would like a bit more noble hop character (ie. lose the cascade hops) and some more fruit notes but overall an excellent beer.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just the Commercial Description says, well balanced, has hop character & medium body. This beer is deffinitly better when it has warmed a little bit.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Let me begin by suggesting that this beer be warmed for awhile before consumption (now, I do realize this is unspoken suggestion for all beers, but I must emphasize it especially for this one). Nice copper color, with a thin white/tan head. Taste is sulfuric and bitter when cold, but opens up a bit upon warming, with more assertive malty notes. Just as suggested by the description here! The sulfuric notes in Sawtooth lend it a bit of character.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAY 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great deep copper color with an off white head. Wonderful roasted malt and hop aroma. Flavor was a little lacking, I thought it was just missing something. It had nice bitter to it, but the balance between the malt and hop was off somehow.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Warm copper color with a large head that lasted. Has a fruity aroma that is also apparent in the taste. Somewhat sour,noticeable grapefruit flavor. Starts out sweet, but has a bitter, dry finish. Overall, a complex brew with appealing nuances.