maxwelldeux (3688) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Pours a hazy liht brown color with a small white head on it. Nose is bready with just a little bit of caramel in there. Taste is actually a bit earthy, to the point that it almost feels dirty. Doesn’t sit well on the palate. Meh.
Davhgbrew (943) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on Ninkasi brewery night on draft at wob. The rep told me it’s not a bitter but a "small beer". Basically he told me exactly what the commercial description says. As for the beer, it’s a gold colored Eady drinking, slightly more hoppy than malty brew with subtle fruity sweetness. Initial sip is a little thin, but the middle and finish bring a dry hop bitterness that compliments. I would call it a middle of the road pale ale. Nothing exciting.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at jones radiator
This beer is amber with excellent clarity and when I smell it, I smell esters. There are sweet malt notes and banana hits interwoven with a sweet alcohol base. It tastes sweet and soapy. There’s minimal bitterness and I wouldn’t call this an ESB. It is a second rubbings beer and doesn’t classify well IMO. As mentioned, the malts seem to have undergone too much sparring and over extraction attempts ended in a dry and disappointing profile. Glad this is a one time.
Serving type: on-tap
Fatehunter (1270) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured one finger of head on a clear, deep amber colored body.
The aroma is dry grain and pleasant floral smell.
The taste is mildly bitter with a moderate sweetness to follow, pear and caramel.
The texture is crisp with soft edges and moderate carbonation.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Burger Saloon. Aroma is surprisingly bright grain, considering its basically sessioned after Critical Hit. Tons of flavor for an ESB. I like this better than Fullers, quality. Nice, light bitter on the back of the tongue. Great beer.
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DYCSoccer17 (3327) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fake pint on tap at Beer Revolution. Listed as Ninkasi Small Beer at 5.3%. Not sure how you get a small beer to get to be 5.3%, but whatever. Fairly faint aroma with a light, grassy, spicy hop nose. Light caramel malt sweetness present. Transparent orange-amber body with a small, off-yellow head. Starts a bit sweet and somewhat malty with caramel flavors. Becomes a little metallic, spicy, and grassy. Mild hop bitterness. Very drinkable.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a cream head. Light malt and light caramel aroma. Citrus and light malt flavor. Medium bodied. Citrus and light malt linger with light caramel.
krumbum (522) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious full flavor, well balanced hop, refreshing and light on the palate. good easy percentage for all day deliciousness.
marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light amber with a foamy off-white head and a toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied caramel malt flavor with a dry finish. It’s pretty flavorful since it is a second running of a good barleywine.
pictoman (547) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from the tap. Clear copper colour. Biscuity malt nose. Dry, mild fig, decent amount of hops. Not like a barley wine at all.