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 (5412) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, Pizza Plant. Hazy amber, tan head. Full malt prescence offset by some unmistakible Rogue hops. Slightly fruity, leafy hops, toffee flavored malts. Medium to full bodied, slight dryness, bitter finish. Very good.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicely balanced malt, hop aroma, bitterness of the hops is dominant in the taste, although the taste is not forceful , a wonderful bitter aftertaste.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber w/ generous finger of gold foam. Nice lace. Fresh, leafy, fruity hoppy aroma against a background of toffee & caramel. Medium-light feel. Nicely balanced, though surprisingly light flavor w/ a very bitter, lingering finish.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Now for an ESB, this really is up there for the style. A sweetness that is noticable, and a hop presence that balances it out nicely. Not bitter like an IPA can be but pleasant and interesting. Not a huge fan of the style, but this kicks ass. Bravo.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange with a white head. Sweet hoppy citrus aroma. (lemon) Flavor is bitter as the name suggests. There is a sweet floral taste at the start and middle of the beer with a monster bitter aftertaste.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2005 It’s the grapefruit and the hop that gets you... I had this one after the aprihop and thought I was STILL getting apricot out of it. So much hop that you get hopheaded after a while, a nice addition to a bitter that runs more citrusy than butter caramel like Fullers. The aftertaste is a wreckoning. Fabulousness!
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Very citrus piney aroma. Lots of PNW hops in the nose. Smells good. Moderately hazy orange/copper color with a small frothy white head. Grapefruit juice and pine sol. Thats what this concoction takes like. One dimensional throughout. Not bad, but it’s basically hop juice.