buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - SEP 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An Extra Special Bitter, eh...? Nope, too hoppy for that. An Indian Special Bitter, perhaps? I guess I’ll just call it an American take on the style, but really needs a sweeter malt and smoother hops to come close to being a good ESB. But as an IPA, it’s a goodie. Smooth, subtle, well balance, with a lot of sweet malt riding forward, but it’s all a bit overpowered by the hops. Nice, but doesn’t live up to the label.
ryanscourt (740) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on draft. Very nice. Drinkable and easy. Wouldn't mind having a keg of this on tap
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, $10/6. Deep amber, soapy head, medium lacing. Pine, floral, citrus, caramel, pepper. Medium body. Fairly high level of sharp bitterness but the balance is really there. Well rounded. Pushing 7% but still reasonably light, and the alcohol doesn’t show. Really solid late-summer/early-fall brew.
madvike (2696) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours brownish-amber with a thin filmy off-white head. Nose is grassy and herbal hops with a little grapefruit. Spicy, dry bready malt. Taste is dry, bready, and spicy. Lots of herbal hops and a juicy citrus finish. Nom nom nom. Medium thin with a nice amount of carbonation.
bigda83 (175) - Jamestown, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber, pretty clear, and a nice sudsy white head. Aroma of pine, floral, some sweet malts, and a bit of citrus hops. Taste follows the nose very well and is nicely balanced with the bitterness aspect. Medium bodied and the finish is pretty smooth. This is and always has been one of my favorite Southern Tier beers. I look for it each year.
egg (76) - USA - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle on 8/13/14. Pours a medium to dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is hoppy, citrusy, sweet. Taste is pretty hoppy for the style but nicely balanced.
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bubbleflubber (1816) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber into the glass with a sudsy head that light spiderweb lacing. The nose has some earthy pine and floral notes. Flavors of caramel, citrus (especially rind and peel notes), some grains and light tannins finish with a peppering spruce-pine bitter and light spices. Nicely balanced, the medium body provides a great autumn quaff, smooth yet active, complex and substantive yet not overbearing. Decent ESB.
puboflyons (2121) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2014 batch. Attractive light to medium amber pour with a modest off-white head. The aroma tends to emphasize the hops more than the malts. A hint of spice. It smells nice. The body is medium. The taste tends to be hop-bitter with a slight sweetness and good finish.
Darkmagus82 (978) - - AUG 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-3-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served an amber colored beer with a small white head. The head faded rather fast to leaves a light amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma was of a malty biscuit smell mixed with citrus and pine hops. While these were the dominant aromas there was a lighter caramel sweetness.
Taste – The hops show up early in this one and create a hopped pine and citrus flavor on top of a lightly sweetened malt base. As the flavor advances more caramel sweetness comes to the tongue with some of the hop flavors growing slightly lighter in intensity. This changes however as the sweetness lessens again more toward the end due to a roasted malt flavor that comes to the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly higher than average side in terms of creaminess with the carbonation level being on the lower side.
Overall – Really not the best ESB out there, but not bad either. It has a decent flavor profile with some nice flavors. It is well worth a try if you have the chance.
BLADT (587) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap pour. Clean amber brown. Some webbing. Fruit and fresh hop on nose. Light roast malt. Taste is similar. Dry with a nice hop showing. Light bitterness. Good, round flavors. Very drinkable. A winner.
BeerdedDave (297) - - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
slightly cloudy amber color; slightly fruity, floral hop aroma; a nice, smooth, bitter beer; citrusy hops and bready malt withmild caramel notes; a nice,smooth, easy drinking beer