cheap (5111) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2015 On cask at the brewpub, this was better than expected. Slight haze on a pale yellow beer. Wine like aroma. Decent mild flavors. Has a slight hint of tartness in the background. Yes, turning out to be a pretty good example of esb. One of the better esbs I think Iíve had in a while. Surprizingly good co2 effect, even on cask!
CJ_Pain (221) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heck yeah. Nice ESB. Biscuity, malty, good head retention. Little on the hoppier side of the ESB equation. Got some sweetness to it I wasn't expecting. Great beer.
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AdamChandler (4239) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask. Dark yellow faint sweet nose. Barely any malt backbone, thin and faint sugary sweet. Dank finish
njnut (418) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into English pint a cloudy copper. Head was tan, fine bubbled and lasting. Fine lacing on glass. Aroma was hoppy with grapefruit notes. Tast was citrus with the grapefruit getting stronger towards finish as the bitterness. Also gets a little more malty in the late finish. Bottle conditioned there was some sediment. I will add to the former complaints to why the year is not on the bottle. I didnít know when buying if it was good for 6 months or expired for 6 months. (Mine was fresh) Enjoyed.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Devil's Advocate. Pours a yellowish amber color with a thin white head an a little lacing. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, orange, grapefruit. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is bitter, hoppy, pine, some nutty sweetness, with a dry, bitter finish.
DiarmaidBHK (4056) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at brewpub. Now this is more like it. Pours brown with a thin white head. Nice grapefruit on the nose. I definitely get citrus on the tongue. Finishes with a touch of bitterness. I find most bitters boring but this one kicks ass!
AirForceHops (5770) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle for $3.99 @ Garyís Beverage. This was marked down and I could tell has been sitting awhile after knocking off 3 inches of dust off the bottle. Aroma is floral hops with a touch of citrus. Flavor is surprisingly bitter with lots of floral hops and some bland malt. A wet hop type bitterness. I really, REALLY wanted to like this brew but I just didnít.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber: Copper pour with a thin head.
aroma was floral, fruity and caramel maltiness.
flavour is caramel maltiness, more herbal and woody than floral hop.
Very light in body.
Will have to try again, but was a bit underwhelmed on this occassion.
TheHopster (1029) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Regarding the bottle expiration, I have the same complaint as the last rater, whatís the year of expiration? Mine tasted old. Hazy orange complexion with thick long-lasting tan head. The flavor is untraditionally hoppy with citrus undertones. Full bodied and nice mouth feel. A unique bend on this style.
Gaspasser (2) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bomber, said best before Nov. But what year? Bought in Mar. 2012. Bottle opened releasing great pressure, but foamed like crazy when poured into clean glass. I ended up with 1" of beer and 6" of foam. I suspect this bottle was well past, which is a shame as I was looking forward to tasting a top rated Bitter, as I like the style. Very bitter in the nose and extremely bitter in the finish. Carbonation was very lively in the mouth as well. Tasted like an over the top hopped IPA. Head retention and lacing was the most I have ever seen. Maybe my opinion will improve if I ever get to taste a fresh one.