joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at isaac newtons..Cloudy orange with small head.Good aroma..numbs my mouth with hops,,maybe just compared to the other beers i was drinking that night (hefe,flemishsour.) i liked this one alot.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2012 Large, light tan/yellow head of fine bubbles. Decent carbonation. Nice hoppy citrus aroma with some grapefruit and pine with a bit of skunk up front. Hazy dark orange/amber in color. Nice smooth flavor. Very well balanced with a bit of lemon. Crisp flavor. Dry palate with nice lingering bitterness at the finish. A very good ESB from a brewer with a lot of good beers. Nothing fancy just a very good beer.
pivo (2612) - GERMANY - DEC 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stingy hop aroma and a whiff of orange peel. Hazy orange color with a foamy head.
This is a full bodied beer with some orange and citrus and ton of hops. Actually, given its name I thought there’d be even more hops. Lingering bitterness. This is consistent with this brewer aggressive and oh-so-good. Really like and wondering why it isn’t an IPA.:
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orangy color with a huge hoppy nose. Surprised by the taste in how mild it was. Good balance of the hoppy and the malty. Quite the misnomer of it’s brutal-ness.
Radek Kliber (6573) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 Bottle 650 ml (listed as 6 % , 15 P)
Appearance: (3.5/5) Pours as murky amber with hint of bright copper, medium light creamy/rocky head.
Nose : (7/10) Fresh scent of crystal hops with sweet , juicy caramel going trough.
Flavor/Palate : Medium bodied ale , continuation of what aroma presented. Sweet caramel malt as main centre with bitter wet leaf hop side. Slightly chewy texture. Beyond light long lasting bitterness not much is carried at finish. Decent yet still I could not escape feeling of having simple two-dimensional ale. (F-6.9/10)(P-2.8/5)
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2004 I wouldn’t call it brutal. Looks really thick. I like the very nice combo of fruity and piney hops. Kinda sticky. Nice.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange/Amber Coloring. Very Hoppy Aroma...Flavor Doesn’t Disappoint Those Initial Nasal Findings...Hoppy To the Point Where You Question Whether This Should be an IPA Over a Bitter. Mild Malt Tones But Overall Your Hops Rule The Day.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bomber with no freshness date. This one pours a dark orange color with a great frothy off-white head that has great retention. Pleasantly strong hop aroma comes from this one, citrus and floral with some malt lurking about. The aroma also is quite bitter and strong enough to smell even when the beer is on the table. Good hop flavoring stands out the most with some malt balancing it out. A light bitter finish that lingers about is quite pleasant. Medium body with plenty of carbonation. This a very smooth beer that would make a good session brew.
SilkTork (5346) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
June, 2003: Big pint bottle. A damn fine bitter. Appearance is a dull hazy lightish orange. Marris Otter provides a firm, sweet base, but the use of other malts softens and develops and enriches. Good fruit aroma, not unlike that of an Abbott Ale. Hops are earthy but also shot through with some icy grapefruit juice. Impressive.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strongly hopped ale that was closer in distinction to a good IPA then to an ESB. Regardless, it was good to drink.