hopmelt (81) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly cloudy very dark orange, near brown, slight creamy head. Aroma sweet bread malt, earth, woody hops, fruity esters. Taste sweet bready malt, slight bitter earthy, floral hops, fruity esters mid mouth and throughout finish. Mouthfeel medium-light body, low carbonation, nice hop bite, no astingency. Overall, very tasty and drinkable, excellent American interpretation of an ESB.
jde123 (757) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22-oz. bottle - Crystal Bitter branding. Not a bad beer, I like bitters, and this one didn’t disappoint.
unclemattie (3994) - Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Deep copper color, hazy. Rocky foam. Aroma of crystal malts. Huge malts nose. Loads of caramels, toasted malt sugars, herbal hops. Palate cleansing hops for sure! Full bodied, delicious. Well deserved GABF Gold Medal!
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to buffalohead for sharing this pretty run of the mill ESB. Depending on the cost and freshness I would probably give NoLi Brewhouse another shot. Hopefully they will continue to do well although around here I am not sure people would notice too much if it were replaced with a different brand. It is one of those interchangeable out of state breweries.
Flavor / Palate - A caramel brown base is the color of melted pennies polished to a shine. Ivory white head and carbonation give it good company. Light crystal sugars and Lipton iced tea make this a blend of dry and sweet. It is pleasant although forgettable after a while.
Flavor / Palate - Light crystal sugar, like the kind you get on rock candy, tease the palate. Malts sweep into a bitter finish. A decent release is a nice ESB although nothing overly special. I give it somewhat high marks for being an unexpected find but overall this is a dime a dozen example.
BuckeyeBoy (2411) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at bier thirty. Pours out a dark amber topped with a sand head. Nose is malts hop bite wood and some caramel notes. Taste is as the nose with a bitter bite and a nice malt finish.
Nische (510) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange with a small tan head. Aroma is butterish and toasted malty, creamy off white head. Toasted malty and light caramelish. Bitter and light grassy finish. I really like the lesser amount of hops. Well balanced and perfect food match with fish and chips.
tbauer1134 (8) - - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Happy Friday bomber pour at work (microbeerclub.com) Standard burnt orange color on the poor with a nice head. Aromas of caramel, toast and slight hops. The initial taste was killer. More caramel and toastiness. The hops come last with a nice bitter finish. Very clean, very balanced. Quite sessionable.
ToddF11 (5) - - JAN 28, 2014 does not count
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was expecting more hoppiness. A decent red but I've had better. Drinking it with a pizza so maybe that's affecting the experience.
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Gerbeer (1404) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with little head. Faint aromas of vegetables and caramel. Flavors of grass, toasty malts, raisins, and dried orange candy.
hockeybeerguy (532) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The appearance was a dark red/ruby colored body also slightly transparent with a two finger white foamy head that dies at a nice pace, light lacing that tries to spider web but tends to kinda get a bit messy and all over the place; the aroma has a large amount of English malts that become more "balanced" like an English bitter normally does as it warms, I will admit I believe there’s some "brown sugar" starting to come through in the aroma; the taste is slightly malty like an English bitter should be, but not leaning towards the bitter or malty side; on the palate, its about a light to medium sort of body, slightly sessionable - only as any English bitter can be, carbonation runs really smooth around my tongue and mouth - gets kinda creamy; overall I say this is a good English bitter that I would have again