aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A session beer from RR who would have thought? Caramel and toffee nose with a very slight herbal hop character. Nice mouthfeel that is soft and full. Bready, earthy notes on the palate. Clean soft and clean finish
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ brewery. Copper colored with an offwhite head which quickly became a thin ring, leaving behind thin, splotchy lace. Body was light to medium with lightly foamy carbonation and a dry finish. Aroma was of caramel and standard English malts...earthy and sweet...weak aroma. Flavor was pleasing with caramel and apple with a lightly bitter finish of oak and apple skin. The brewery had it labeled as an English Pale Ale, which the beer is more suited to for style. At any rate, it’s traditional, English and fairly boring, but pleasant. Almost like apple cider...
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 On tap@O’brien’s: Rich amber color with a small (bar pour) fast fading head. Light sweet malt nose. Sweet caramel malt up front (reminds me of AleSmith Anvil) followed by a light hop bite and a smooth sweet finish. Nice ESB.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden almost amber in color with a light head. Flavors of citrus fruits with a mild bitterness. As far as ESBs go, this was very nice.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) Standard ESB with a moderate maltiness and a light, balancing bitterness with a fair amount of hops toward the finish; Amber in color; Malty and light sweet aroma; Off-white head fades to a sheen and leaves patchy lacing; Not one of the more exciting offerings from Russian River
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Toronado in San Francisco. Poured a deep amber with a head that laced nicely. A very understated bitter flavor that I enjoyed. Very good.