Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hmmm... This one disapointed me big time. The aroma is very light, faintly yeasty a bit soapy. The appearance is a clear copper with a thin bubbly head, decent lace. The flavor is where I really lost it with this one ESB the label says Extra Bitter Ale?? is this right??? There is not bitterness at all to the beer I sampled, maybe I got a bad one. The flavor is light and watery (much like an American Standard). The beer is smooth but watery... Over all a BIG disapointment.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2003 (2Feb2003--draft)
A test piece for the use of specialty malts! Small head, fine-bubbled, lacy, mostly receding. A very appealing deep reddish-amber in color. Unoffensive aroma of honey, with caramel/crystal malts. Sweet, malty flavor, medium/low bitterness, same wonderful specialty malt presence, much like Deschutes Jubelale. Great full mouthfeel, aided by the very persistent carbonation. Overall, a very fine effort that could benefit from a hair of additional bitterness.
Interestingly, I was surpised how good the beer tasted on tap. My previous experiences with the bottled variety have been less inspiring.
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great color. Smooth amber. Good amount of head. I like it a lot overall. Could be a little more bitter.
BeerManDan (21) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I thought that it would be a lot heavier, but still very good. Good bitter taste, nice lasting head.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thin, boring, funky. A little buttery malt, maybe, but not much of anything interesting. Gets the hook from me.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Brillant red/amber color. Perfect bitterness palate that does not come at the expense of the overhopped IPA’s. I usually do not care for brewers that have a similiar flavor in all their beers( 3-Floyds, Goose Island come to mind) but this is one of my favorite session beers.
re-rate. Oh what have they done to one of my favorite beers. The new design with the long neck is a weak, hop-water piss looking and tasting bottle of a macro amber.
Bakes (17) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It is much lighter than I expected but I enjoyed it! I need to pick up some of their porter's now.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I would like to try this agin in a draft variety. Much lighter than I expected. Tastey and slightly bitter.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This would just about define middle of the road American Bitter for me. At the right time and in the right place, I'm sure this can be just swell. Otherwise, a fruity, very slightly bitter American amber.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not my favorite a little heavy handed on the caramel malts and yeast character is a bit much. The aroma is a bit light, the hop bitterness is fine. And after saying all that it honestly a fine beer that someone with different taste would rave about