Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This was nice,. More like a very well done pale, the bitter is not as the name says, not brutal or over the top. Well balanced and enjoyable.
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a smallish fluffy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is spicy floral hops, a little melon, and some almost malt liquorish malt that was off-putting (but it did dissipate as I drank).
The flavor is bitter grassy and slightly fruity hops with a nice initial malt backbone. It has a long bitter finish. Itís medium bodied and smooth.
Overall, a very hoppy ESB. It matches up well with IPAs, but it is a little pricey ($10.50 per 6 pack). I was expecting more fruitiness in the aroma and flavor.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of my all time favorite beers. Nice malt with a great hop finish. Has a head that just want quit. Only draw back is I have to drive 1 1/2 hour to get one. Its called an ESB, but it borders an American Pale Ale. If you havenít had one, FIND ONE!
jcr (2315) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of hops - grapefruit, hint of lemon. Scratchy on the palate, with a pleasant bitter coating leftover. Medium body. The taste follows the aroma - hops. Poured cloudy amber with nice foam head.
SSSteve (3930) - - JUL 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 bottle. havenít had this in years. pours a hazy dark gold with a medium sized fluffy white head. spicy floral aroma. flavors of floral hops and perfume. low-ish carbonation helps it drink easy. medium-full body. some grassy tea notes. slightly oxidized....wish rogue had age dating
hoppy aroma. amber color with white head. very sharp and crisp hops flavor. tastes similar to terrapin. one of the best e.s.b.ís ive ever tried. 7/23/2005 5:32:43 PM
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy amber body with a nice head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit and hops. Taste is like the aroma. Nice brew.
Tmoney99 (11809) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 12 OZ. Hazy dark amber hue with medium head that lasted the complete brew. Complex citrus and hop aroma. Medium body. Very good complex flavor of malt, citrus and hops with a long bitter finish. Very good ESB.
CapFlu (4762) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Sampled at Clarkís Ale House in Syracuse, NY. Sweet nuts, hi hops nose. Nice West Coast hops - very good and quaffable. Large white, foamy head with a deep amber-copper body.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer varies a lot with serving temperature, food accompaniment, etc. At its best, there is some excellent hop character evident, and this blends very nicely with some excellent malt. At its worst, it is bitter without a great deal of flavor. Not bad, but certainly not something I will buy with any sort of regularity.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a bright golden orange, fluffy white head, the first glass was transparent and the second was cloudy due to yeast in the bottle. (Is this bottle conditioned? I didnít think it was, but I could be wrong.) Good lacing on the glass. Aroma is really fruity and hoppy -- grapefruit, apricot, maybe a little bit of lemon. Iím surprised this isnít dry hopped, because itís a nice pungent aroma. A sip gives a good spectrum of flavors. It starts out with a sweet maltiness and maybe a hint of saltiness, but itís just a hint. The unmistakable flavor of the Pacman yeast follows, and it seems to fit this style extremely well. After that, the bitter hops take over, grapefruit mostly. Hops are never tart, and they have a very well rounded flavor. Finish is slightly dry and clean, and when the hops fade there is still a hint of yeast flavor on the tongue. Medium body, moderately low carbonation, extremely smooth in the mouth. This is certainly one of Rogueís finest brews, itís a perfect style for their yeast, and thereís an exceptional balance to everything.