dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not that bad actually. Not really bitter like an ESB should be, but this had a decent malt flavor. Not comparable to a great ESB like Fullers.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 Light amber color with decent white head. Clean nose with some light sweet malt and grainy notes. Flavors of light malt and a well-balanced and pleasing bitterness. Medium-light body, very smooth palate, almost lagerlike .A good American ESB.
argo0 (11888) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Its ties to Bud means that you can find this quite good beer on tap all over the place. Always a reliable pick, with medium hoppiness (a bit less than you’d expect for an ESB) and good balance.
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burst of grain flavor with the first sip that is a bit overwhelming, although it starts to grow on you. Nice bitter amber.
ttboy8099 (73) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not the best bitter out there.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I enjoyed this one quite a bit. But it still would not be considered a ’favorite’. Good taste, not overpowering, not bitter.
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not as bitter as I expected it to be, and therefore probably a good lead-in to the more bitter amber ales. Decent color and aroma but overall not as exotic as the label implies.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
An average beer, that was once great in my mind, shows you what money will do. But if you’ve been drinking a lot of american standards, and are looking to branch out, I would reccomend this beer to go from. It gives you some more flavors, without overpowering amerging beer drinker.
zygomatic99 (17) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - FEB 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Calling this beer an ’ESB’ is kind of a misnomer. This beer has a very minor bitterness when you take the first sip, but is pretty mellow otherwise. Still, this is a good beer and is definitely worth a try.
jmusial99 (27) - USA - FEB 3, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
For and extra-special bitter it is not, this beer is more like a lager, sort of reminds me of Fosters with a slightly fuller body.