JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Gestalt, SF. Probably my least favorite of the Moonlight beers I tried. It was a handsome pour, deep gleaming blood orange with a soft creamy head. Nose was lightly bitter with plenty of biscuity malts. But while I felt it was an enjoyable, sessionable approximation of a classic ESB, I was disappointed that it wasnít nearly as distinctive as the other Moonlight brews I sampled. Likely thatís the point, but thatís what Iím stickiní with.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a medium golden yellow, nose was weak on hops and malt, quite bland, taste was equally bland with lack of bitterness and just a dishwatery body.
JoeMcPhee (8168) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Toronado. Deep amber pour with a creamy white head. The nose is very soft and earthy. Fresh crackery malts and a lovely herbal/spicy hoppiness. A bit of soft toasted malt and a light piny resinousness. Earthy and chewy with a bright dry-hopped character. A little bit of challenger-like hoppiness that lends a nice juicy fruitiness to the beer. Fairly astringent on the back of the palate. Fruity hoppiness on the back of the palate. Itís a pretty authentic take on the style with a distinctly American twist.
mpersinger (336) - , California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Balanced deep golden color, light beige head and rounded (slight dank with floral) hop aroma. Medium lean body on a balanced malt/hop clean flavor.
Aquilo (518) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with a small head. Aroma is malty with a bit of lemon, and some unidentifiable funk. Flavor crisply bitter. Astringent mouthfeel. A good solid beer.
wyzzywyz22 (1842) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap@The Rake, London. A gloomy looking red tinged brown colour with a reasonable lingering tan head. Nose was sweetish with some citrusy hop and nut notes. Flavour had plenty of initial caramel and evolved into some resinous hoppage. Slight earthy quality. Ok in the bitterness department. Not the most subtle affair, but tasty enough.
Sledutah (4068) - Utah, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado
Appearance: Dark brown with a off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Pine, bitter hops and toasted malts
Taste: Bitter hops, pine resin and toasted malts
Very nice ESB
jcwattsrugger (10929) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@Magnolias Ėon cask-pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is orange/resin. Taste is orange rind bite, some medium malt.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
a tasty local brew enjoyed in itís home town. The palete left me wanting a bit more but otherwise very grassy, hops, a bit of roasted malt and seems to do the bitter very well. I enjoyed this at the Toranado in San Fran.
944play (340) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Toad in the Hole. Clear amber with small fine head. Racy citrus and evergreen nose. Bracingly bitter from front to back, but nice tones of herb, toast, and... gumdrops? The spice ones, I mean. Finish is a mite sloppy; a touch more carbonation would be welcome.