timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this bottle was a little on the old side. there was no freshness date on the bottle but the store tagged it back in april, and it was not refrigerated.......anyway, the beer was not as crisp and puckery as the last time i had it, very cloudy orange color. heavy grapefruit in the aroma, less grapefruit in the taste than i remember, and less bitterness. also tasted a little roasted tobacco, faint coffee, a hint of cardboard......great beer......it is the shiznit-o-bam if you can get it fresh.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Small head that dissipates slowly. Honey opague coloring murky. Bitterness hits you upfront the malts tone it down throughout. Slight sweet citrus taste. At the end the bitter aftertaste makes its presence known.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange color with thick fluffy white head. Great aroma, very fragrant. Hoppy, but not over the top. Taste is grapefruit hop with some malt. Acidic, not in a bad way, but in that good Rogue way. Nice bitter finish. Seems more similar to a west coast IPA than an English Bitter, but this is good.
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 Cask at the GBBF 05’, orange colour with nice head, the aroma is very fragrant, hoppy, woody, the flavour is bitter but not brutal, woody, spicy, hoppy, cirtus, some sweetness, very refreshing and enjoyable, great with a sausage, can’t wait for the next time i’ll drink this great beer.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured a murky, active amber-orange with a decent straw-coloured foamy head - decent lacing. Aroma lush hops - not too sharp - sweet lightly roasted malt, a touch of peat and vaguely of sour grain. Taste - oh, yeah, there’s that Rogue signature - medley of grapefruity acidic hop bitterness, a little bit of malt and grassy cereal grain in there, perhaps some dried wildflowers. Nice long linger, starts hoppy, finishes hoppy, but not harsh and not too much for a non-hop-head like myself. Palate is lively, a bit acidic, decent body. Excellent west coast take on an ESB, could be a bit maltier.
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden orange with a nice creamy head and lacing. It sure looks good in the glass. Nose is all hops. Flavor is a fairly strong hop hit on the first sip, but then it settles back to a smooth malty goodness. Hoppy and bitter throughout but not so much so as to overwhelm. I’m not much of a Rogue fan, but this was better than I expected. I think my “low beer light” was on after a long day/week at work, and this hit the spot. Nice.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a golden orange color out of the boomer with a nice off-white head that lasted and left fair lacing. Lots of smells of citrus hops with some malty caramel hidden in there. The flavor showed grapefruit, flowers, and grass with some malt undertones. Light to medium body. Bitter but not brutal.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Heavy orange gold, quite hazy, large rocky white head, wonderful lacing... this beer looks superb. Subtle hop nose, not as agressive as I thought it would be. Definite malt aspect, probably moreso because of the subtle hop presense. Fleeting bitterness immediately up front, fades quickly leaving only a soft hop sting on the sides of the tongue. Fairly smooth for a Bitter/ESB. Mildly malty, balances well with the bitterness. Moderate body, but very smooth mouthfeel. Extremely clean finish. Again, lingering hop sting on the sides of the tongue well after the finish. Very well balanced, crisp, and ultra clean.   I believe this one to be a bit underrated.
fordest (2421) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. No matter how gently I poured, this thing had a monster head. 22 oz. bottle almost needed 4 pint glasses. Hazy golden brown. Lacing was monsterous as well. Aromas were heavy citrus. Lemon and orange. Flavors were defintily bitter. Hoppy. Not a big ESB fan, but this was alright.
mnurda (1239) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kind of cloudy looking. Very pleasant smelling. Nice hops. Great with Rib Eye Steak at the Lake. First ESB that I have ever had. Would definitely get it again.