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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Full and complex maltiness balances bold hop flavors and aromas


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (11842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2005
Bright copper colour. Slightly earthy, fruity (grape, apple). Diacetyl aroma. Quite sweet brown sugar character. Hints of iron. Slight earthy note in the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6029) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Bottle: Copper amber, moderate to large off-white head, foamy, fairly nice lacing, a few strong streams of carbonation. † Slight grainy aroma, a bit sweet perhaps, with a touch of diaceytl. † Malty start, earthy, somewhat grainy, but fortunately not as buttery as the nose hinted. † This one is fairly robust for an ESB. † Minor apple skin and hop bitterness at the finish. † Body is quite full, mouthfeel is moderate tho. † Lingering metallics and/or strong earthy notes after the finish. † Could stand to have a cleaner finish. † Overall, not too shabby.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Sampled draught at Snipes Mountain Brewpub in Sunnywide, WA
Copper color, white head, light lacing. Nose of creamy malts, bread and starch. The flavor is lightly hoppy with a nice body. Finishes creamy, nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Medium red copper color. Medium head. Aroma is malty with a touch of fruit. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are slightly nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are spicy and somewhat bitter. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillKismet (3295) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Bronze color with decent head. Donít detect the subtle flavors advertised for the beer in the brewery. A mid-range, but unspectacular IPA/APA straddler that they cal an ESB.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2003
Light brown, beige head. Good carmel malt and hop nose. Well hopped for the style with lots of balancing malt

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
28-Dec-05 (22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks Andrť!) Iím very happy to have a fresh bottle because boy, that first bottle was a total disaster. Popping the cap, there was no "Michael Bay" explosion, and it didnít foam up when pouring the beer. And no soapiness or overripe apples in the flavor. No, instead, this is a healthy beer, and very tasty indeed. Up front, thereís lots of toast, mildly roasty and lightly sweet maltiness and a touch of caramel, with a moderately bitter and slightly citrusy hoppiness kicking in the midpoint that easily balances the ample malt and finishes with dominance. The beer is good out of the fridge, but is still very flavorful and enjoyable at room temperature as well. There is also a slight chalkiness to the flavor and mouthfeel. Body is medium, but shows no signs of thinning in the finish. Carbonation is solid but gentle on the palate. The nose is lightly malty, hoppy and somewhat dusty, but doesnít impress as much as the flavor. Fairly hazy amber body is crowned by an inch of very bubbly, off-white head. Overall, with the assertive malt character and snappy hop bite, itís a west coast ESB through and through. Definitely worth of the effort to get a second bottle.

18-Oct-05 (22 oz bottle: $3.29 at Johnís Marketplace in Portland, OR) We have two problems with this bottle of beer. First is the insane amount of carbonation. This beer is so overcarbonated, I scoop all the light-tan head out of my pint glass, and the head builds right back up again. Itís like the magician pulling the handkerchief out of his pocket. And then my taking a small sip of the beer results in an explosion inside my mouth. The second problem is the intense soapiness of the aroma. This is about as strong a soapiness as I can remember in any beer, and itís almost unbearable. Fortunately, the flavor isnít as bad, perhaps because the malt flavor of this beer is strong enough to overcome the soapiness to some degree. Nevertheless, this really isnít drinkable, and Iíll have to obtain a new bottle if at all possible. (2, 2, 4, 2, 7 = 1.7)

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2004
A light brown color and has a lightly hopped body, but not so well balanced. Third beer from this brewery, all lack luster. Three strikes, now there out in my books.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Pours a dark red with a beige head. Aroma mostly dominated by citrus hops and sweet malt. Taste is bitter and fruity, but a thin body really spoiled this brew.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
This is just a really basic esb, it is quite easy to drink and is not overly tasty as it is not really bad either. Somewhere inbetween, with some caramel maltiness, earthy bitter hops, creamy on the palate, with a harsh dry finish.


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