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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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A deep amber ale with pronounced hop bitterness and aromatics, substantial and balanced.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GypsyHead (33) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Loved this brew on cask at Toronado in SF. Great fruity brew with just a little caramel roastiness, wonderfully refreshing and light

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2007
27April07. On cask @ Toronado dark reddish brown, great lacing! aroma of malt. flavors of a woody hop. great malt balance. easy drinking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Many times at Barclay’s, Toronado and Lanesplitter. Very easy drinking. Very balanced. Great malt and hop flavors. Get it on cask if you can, the hop bitterness is softer. A great west coast take on a quaffable, British inspired brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 11, 2009
On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Coppery amber color with a long lasting, creamy, tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is nutty with caramel and maybe a little bit of orangey hop influence. Flavor is deep dark caramel and maple syrup up front which melts into a piney resinous hoppy finish. Moderate bitterness. A little heavy on the palate for the style. Pretty good beer overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2011
A - Served a clear copper-red color with a finger of frothy/creamy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of rich sweet lightly toasted caramel malts and some piney hops. There is also some biscuit/bready aromas in the background. T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet caramel malts and some piney hop bitterness in the background. Through the middle, a bit of biscuit flavors comes through with a touch more grassy hops flavor. The finish is a nice balance of sweetness from the caramel and bitterness from the hops that lingers nicely. M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer felt very smooth and had very nice balance from start to finish. D - Very drinkable. The malt hop balance here was very good. Really exactly what I was looking for in an ESB.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1549) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2014
Overall: Bitter, solid.
Note: Cask at Toronado. Reviewed 2014-03-22.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Tap. Deep copper color with a nice head. Loaded with malt and hops. Not much of a bitter taste, more like a strong ale to me. But not bad!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Brian knows his beers and as it appears his brain is one that may work like mine, I wonder if he intentionally handed me beers in the order he did, with lager later and bitter after IPA. That this holds up after all else with exceptional hop quality AND balance makes me wish upon a moon that I could have this as my own session bitter. De-moonlight-ful

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11526) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
Cask at the Toronado. Very fruity/citrusy aroma. Dark mahogany color with a decent off-white head. Medium bodied with mild, creamy carbonation. It’s a bit of roasted malt, but mostly citrus and floral hop. Very smooth. Finishes nicely bitter. Very good and flavorful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
On-tap at the Green House Tavern in Sebastopol. Check it out! Psych. Pours dark reddish amber with a moderate offwhite head, good lace. Smells earthy hoppy, somewhat dark as well. Tastes hoppy and dark earthy sweet, slightly bitter, caramelly. The bitterness lingers nicely. Medium body, good carbonation.


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