OldGrowth (2931) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Ryan & Casey’s. Ok nose, sweet. Apricot, biscuit, nutty/mealy. Clean reddish orange color, though I poured the sediment into a second glass, with little to no head or lacing. Sweet bitter flavor. Nutty, grapefruit, spice of the EKG shows up. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish, I thought it was tasty and hit all the marks of an ESB.
argo0 (12294) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(cask) Lightly hazed amber body with beige head. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, mild, earthy/grapefruit. Watery light body, drinkable. Not much here.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber color with an appropriate sized hed. Aroma is a bit subdued with some dough and wheat. Taste is balanced nicely with the malt just a bit ahead. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Hops are herbal and chewy.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the brewpub. Amber in color with a little head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Malty flavor. Slight caramel notes. Finish is hoppy. Well balanced. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the brewpub.Reddish orange, tannish head. Slight hop and fruit nose, with a hint of licorice. Malt dominates with a hint of carmel. Sharp hop finish. The hops build through the pint and bring balance.
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well made and very smooth ESB. I had this on cask at the brewery and it went down real easy. Hops on the nose and tongue, but what really made this special was just the supersmooth taste and lingering hop aftertaste. Wow. Nice job.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a thin white head. Simple aroma and flavor of malt, cascade hops and caramel.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Brass Cat, Easthampton MA: Pours a deep copper/bronze, small diminishing head, caramel, sweet malt nose. Slightly thin in body, faint malts and large bitter hops provide a bit of an unbalanced brew, but it is very quaffable none-the-less. Decent, but not exceptional. But, perhaps a more fresh sample would be ideal for a re-rate, as Im sure it is not a big seller where I had my pint. But its good to see the Peeps Pint shipping kegs about the area, woohoo!
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
NERAX '02 Light copper in color with a hoppy,sweet malt aroma.Slightly sour but bitterness still comes through.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a nice amber color and a light hop smell. Taste is of hops and finishes slightly bitter. Overall not a bad ESB, but I expect this style to be a bit more bitter.