k2 (146) - USA - JUL 11, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty bitter but smooth esb. good overall beer.
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2004 has a refreshing bitterness. reminds me of a mandarin orange. light and colorful. This is a great beer for many occasions. nothing spectacular about it though. Rerate. 2003 draft. yuck, I really hate to admit it, but this is nothing worth drinking. Orange-like sweetness, dry and not very fresh at all. Out of balance, watery.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice citrus hop bitterness…Nice balance with the malt…Refreshing and tasteful…
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal golden body with a thick creamy (almost nitro looking) head. Not that sweet, actually starts out rather dry and finishes with a decent bitter snap.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice, but not outstanding amber ale. There are comparable examples for less money and better examples for the same money. For that reason, I won’t buy this again.
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This must have been my 6th or 7th beer of that night of tasting because my notes are getting more and more difficult to read! A golden amber color. Very well balanced, a damn fine left coast brew. I think the folks at Kona brewery had this beer in mind when they made Fire Rock Pale Ale.
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My overall impression didn’t seem to match up with the component scores. Simple reason: good, solid beer, but not outstanding. I don’t know what it is with ESB’s; I’ve found them too mild even if they are pleasant (which this is). Actually more on the sweet side, with thin, watery character. Clear orange-amber color, and a decent, pleasing-looking head. Mild aroma. Easily drinkable, goes down rather smooth and uneventful, and I suppose it has enough of a bite to be called ’bitter.’ Mildly pleasing, but not something I’d go out of my way to seek out again. That’s about it in a nutshell: mildly pleasing.
Pablo McStouthead (69) - L.A, California, USA - JUN 28, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pretty stupid. Thin.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Re-Rate 06/28/02: Have not sampled in a long while. Nice clear amber, the head is light beige, frothy, the lace is decent. Nose is malt, slightly citrus, front is sweet, the top is light, the finish is dry, lightly acidic, nicely hopped and a pretty decent beer all things considered.
Aurelius (4028) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dinging its appearance for the screw-off cap and lousy label. Very one-dimensional in flavor, with a non-appealing aroma. Dry hopping doesn’t do it any favors -- disappointing.