chinchill (3987) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz can purchased at the brewery and consumed about 1 hour later.
Clear amber body topped by a decent head. Spotty lacing.
The fruity aroma is quite nice. The flavor reflects a nicely balanced mix of hops and malts, with a well chosen hop mix. High hop load for a beer from Nova Scotia.. Moderately bitter
Medium-light carbonation. Body seems slightly too thin. .
OOKPIKABLE (193) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brought up from Halifax: thanks, Dad! Tasty bitter. More "bitter" than expected. Creamy mouthfeel. Not my favourite style, but I like this.
voyageurmike (237) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with lacy off white head. Hops aroma and medium body. Bitter taste but perhaps not ESB level, with a nice lingering finish.
BrewGoblin (633) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A banger ESB from N.S.! I am loving these Sea Level brews. My only complaint is that they fill their cans a wee bit high and the carbonation is always a bit low. For this style though, it fits the bill and works well. Light copper with a fine lacing white head, notes of earthy hops, caramel, honey and cereal. A great flavour that starts heavy on the sweet malt side and transitions into a bitter beast that makes you crave the sweetness again. Soft carbonation with a lightly oily medium-full body, a delicious brew that I would session with alacrity.
Hidden_Pooch (508) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had fun with this little bitter. Pours a clear amber, with yes a weird little head. Aroma was of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and pine. Tasted woody, toffee, pine, and biscuit. Very unique taste and very memorable. Had a medium smooth body with low carbonation and malt bitter aftertaste. Haven’t had a ESB for a while now and glad I tried this one.
plaugher (339) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can into an English pint. Pours a clear, deep amber with a half-inch, lasting tan head and some lacing. A bit of carbonation. Nose of caramel and citrusy hops with a similar caramel sweetness flavour-wise, with a lasting bitterness. Not too bad!
ImPA (14) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours amber. Nice aroma at first but buttery diacetyl really comes through ruining it. Way too little carbonation, too heavy on the finish hops for the style. Slick slick slick mouthfeel, butterscotch ruins what seems like might be a good beer underneath. I know some diacetyl is okay in a Bitter but this has taken that thought to new heights. Sorry but i tried cans of the product and everyone said it’s way better at the pub, tried it there, not as bad but still ruined with butterscotch.
baldric (16) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a straw colour, not what I’d expect from an ESB. Nice aroma, but piney hops don’t add to the style.
Taste is west coast pale ale, not ESB. Way too much carbonation for an ESB, way too much hops, way too much bitterness. Not complaining about the fact that it’s bitter, but if you’re going to call something an ESB, them make an ESB, not a west coast pale.
This beer isn’t half bad but it’s so far off the mark in style that I thought that this can might have been mis-labeled.
AlainG (1825) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Elle est cuivrée et limpide et coiffée d’une mousse épaisse et persistante, qui dessine une dentelle significative en se résorbant. Des arômes de caramel, principalement, en émanent, s’ensuivent des odeurs d’épices et d’herbes salines. Très agréable en bouche, des saveurs d’épices sucrées nous imprègnent la bouche, alors qu’une amertume douce et civilisée balaie le tout pour laisser cette sensation amère pendant un bon moment. Une touche acidulée se pointe le nez. Surprenante ESB. Bonne bière. (344-10/110912)
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Amber pour with very little head, some lacing. Aroma definitely points to dry hopsing. Taste is dominated by the dry hops, some caramel and tart fruit undertones. Palate was disappointingly thin. Overall, quite good apart from the palate, but it tasted more like an American Pale (but a very good one) than an ESB, likely due to the dry hops process.