DiarmaidBHK (3688) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
No aroma. Pours amber from tap. Not much bite to speak of. Very watery. Disappointed.
italianjohn (2476) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pale copper pour rusty .... light white head ... aroma of mostly caramel malt and a little roasted malt ..... sweet caramel malt taste with a citrus hop bite lightly nutty and a light roasted quality .... a nice bitter hop finish that lingered a little ... not a bad brew
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper amber with a white bubbly head. Herbal and earth y with a light drying hop character and some sweeter caramel notes. Some light dried fruit with a chewy but drying finish. Good.
keepersj12 (2920) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a cask. Mild aroma of bread. Dark amber pour with a small head. Flavor is mostly bitter with a touch of sweet malt. Nice dry finish. Pretty good.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity cask at Rattle N Hum. Itís from the end of a cask, but itís still in pretty good shape. Deep amber-red beer with a thin lace of foam. Aroma is quite lovely. Soft toasted Maris Otter malts along with a light UK crystal malt sweetness. Aroma shows a kiss of orange marmalade, light herbal/grassy/UK hops as well. There is a touch of sweet caramel and maybe even a bit of coconut as well. Fairly strong herbal/spicy hoppiness with some lingering woody/chewy resinousness. The flavour is quite orangey as well. The yeast shows a nice spiciness and a bit of light estery fruit. Itís seems quite high in alcohol but itís got all of the right components. Very authentic.
HoppityHop (177) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Couldnít get much of an aroma out of it, but the coloring was a traditional copper color and quite inviting. Not much to speak of in the way of head or lacing, but thatís probably because the carbonation is rather low. Flavor and drinkability was very true to style, yet a slightly sour overtone (possibly brewed with extract?) seemed to prevail over the standard bitter taste of an ESB. If my friend brewed this in his basement, Iíd be amazed. For a brew pub offering, itís nothing outstanding. Very average.
freekyp (1620) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper in color with an ample off-white head, the Ship Innís ESB is fuller in flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel than their Best Bitter. Not from cask, this brew had soft carbonation, but still retained the creaminess of its little brother. More fruity and floral in aroma, and with a hint of alchohol aroma, the ESB had a shorter, but less bitter and more refined finish than the best bitter. A smooth increase in hop character from the beginning to the end of the swallow made each sip interesting. A slight tartness to the flavor made me order 2.
jcwattsrugger (11450) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet, musty. Taste is medium malt-sweet, musty, secondary hops bitterness.
Jayb0 (1084) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from draft, a made to style english bitter that youíll enjoy as a solid offering if not outstanding. Good mouthfeel, a good bit of malt sweetness, not overcarbonated, appropriate bitterness.
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1.23.06 This was probably their best beer next to the Dark Charger which I guess we will have to add after we find out what the heck it was. AdamSkillin gets it right by saying this is a pretty good beer yet has some kind of unclean flavor lurking around. There is potential here.