shrubber85 (7554) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Very light caramel malt aroma. Amber with small head. Light caramel malt and bitter herbal hops flavor. Moderate carbonation. Pleasant enough flavor - just very light.
BBB63 (6016) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap and Growler: Clean glowing light amber hue with a fading frothy head and spotty lace upon the pint glass. The aroma has notes of grassy and herbal hops, some apple and pear esters, biscuit, crystal and slight butterscotch vapours, hint of mineral water too. The taste displays a light to moderate bitterness over a layer of base and sweet malts with a hint of earthiness and slight fruitiness. Pretty one dimensional and straight forward but clean enough to be quaffable. A nice enough bitter that would be best served on a handpull.
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light caramel and some faint toasty herbal notes. It pours a mostly transparent amber with a touch of haze. It has a two finger off-white head that quickly settles in to a soapy film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some sporadic webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel with just a hint of fruit. The finish has some light toasty herbal notes and a touch of nuttiness.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Round barn tasting room Union Pier. Amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is faint with malt, caramel and light fruit. Taste of caramel, pale malt and very mild fruit.
HonkeyBra (3344) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a reddish amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma of caramel malts and medium herbal hops, touches of iced tea and toffee. Flavor of toasted malts, caramel, toffee, subtle hop bitterness. Bits of herbal notes. Medium bodied. Fairly solid though unspectacular.
queenholly (2919) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Buttery caramel malt aroma. Amber with a large ivory head, moderate lacing. Nutty malt flavor with a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Overall, the flavor was a little on the bland side, and seemed like it would benefit from a little more malt character.
rumproasts (2852) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
golden with small head. typical englsh butteriness. slightly bitter in the finish. unremarkable.
Frank (2828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is a strange beer. I think something may be awry but it is kind of good regardless. It pours a hazed orange color w/ a big, long-lasting white head of foam. It smells strongly of apples and is a bit earthy and grassy as well. I am fairly sure this bottle is either infected w/ some very fruity yeast or these guys really, really need to put some money into temperature control for their fermenters. (There is a ring around the neck of the bottle which points strongly to infection.) This is pretty much in Belgian territory as far as fruity yeast character once you taste it--though it veers more towards apple and cherry as opposed to banana and spice. It is a bit sweet, medium bodied and very definitely overcarbonated. It finishes w/ lingering fruit on the tongue. Really, I have no idea what this is supposed to taste like. It tastes like an apple bomb but there is something about this that strikes me as entirely unintentional. Still, it does not taste foul at all so I have to give it some credit.
milewide (1497) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
IMO, ESBs should be balanced. Malt sweetness was lacking in this brew. Nice British hop bitterness. Low ABV was appreciated.
Onslow (1151) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Clear amber/brown brew with two fingers of fairly dense head. A small measure of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Light aroma of caramel malt and a little toast. Taste is caramel at the start with a little nuttiness emerging towards the finish and finally a slight bit of hops to slake the sweet malts at the very end. Overall light in body and easy to drink. Well crafted with no negatives.