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 (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - 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 (646) - 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 (5030) - 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.
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer is much better in my opinion than their IPA. This has allot of flavor and is fresh and enjoyable.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice amer color, medium body nice malt sweetness, no bitterness at all, tasted flat.
Flatline99 (36) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good (but not amazing) amber; my favorite thing about it is that it has a decent amount of flavor but is still light enough to drink in quantity
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the better ESB’s out there (my favorite’s Welsh ESB, but that’s really NOT an ESB). Solid malt here and some good bitterness.