argo0 (10386) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Medium off-white head, lightly hazed apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, cereal, orange, some lemon. Taste is medium sweet, straw/herbal, some lemon/pine, bread. Soft light body.
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brewery. Pours a straw golden with white head. Aroma of strong citrus and grape hops, mild grain and cereal malt notes. Lots of grass and pine as well. Flavor is strongly hoppy, especially so for the style. Strong floral and citrus hops, as well as a healthy amount of bitterness. Light, cereal grain malt and mild sweetness. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, and finishes hoppy. Very good beer, though I agree that it’s not a California Common.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a basic california common. huge grass and earthy characteristics. not much else to add here
deyholla (4787) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured a clear gold with a white head that dissipated quickly to the edge. Aroma was light with grass, light pine and a bit of underlying grain. Flavor had a bit of grapefruit and floral with pine and grain growing in the finish.
kmweaver (3143) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Shorts. Pours a generally clear, golden-orange color; white head with creamy, fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of spicy and earthy hoppiness in the aroma; some very light citrus and grapefruit show through; nicely bittered ESB nose. Medium--to-full mouthfeel: chewy earthy and spicy hop bitterness, toasty crackers, and very light dried fruits / caramel; well-integrated ESB profile combining a soft, lightly chewy malt core and spicy / earthy hops; solid rendition overall, well-balanced. Medium finish: toasty malts / crackers, earthy and spicy bitterness; nicely dry and toasty throughout; mouthwatering.
holdenn (2023) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Short’s. Hazed light orange color with a white head. Nose of pale malts and grain with an essence of sweet caramelized burnt malts. Sweet house malts that are charred and slightly bitter in the finish along with an herbal slightly spicy hop. The caramelized burnt malts come out in a few of their beers and it reminds me of the house flavor at Magic Hat, which I really enjoy. Tasty ESB.
heemer77 (5010) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. The body was meidum gold with a white head. The aroma was earthy with some citrus and sweat. The taste was bitter orange peels with some grass. A little spicy with a thick and chewy body. Good.
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
MBGF07. Mostly clear light amber body with a small white head. The aroma is lightly herbal with bread, grass and light citrus. Flavor is herbal and floral with dough and hay. Medium body is round with soft carbonation.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4.5 oz draft from the brewery. Cloudy orange-brown with off white head. Fruity orange, caramel, little doughy. Orange bitter, caramel, piney, almost wheat like. Full body. Very enjoyable, good old fashioned beer for main stream, directed to the public but still loved it.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 4 oz sample, World Expo of Beer. Frankenmuth, MI. May 19th 2007. 20th brew of the festival.