Jimthechap (1792) - Christchurch, - NOV 11, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely amber gold colour with a half finger width of white head carpeting the top of the beer. The aroma is of gorgeous golden malt, apricots, peaches and tangerine, helped in good part by generous hopping. This for me is one of the best aromas I have nosed in quite some time. There’s even a trace of some resinous Pacific NW hop. Lush and inviting. It is like smelling a gorgeous fruit tart drenched in toffee-like caramel. Those hops bring on a good twinge of bitterness to the fore of the flavour at first tasting. Good carbonation and plentiful fruitiness contribute to an on-going finish and even some herbal character. I want so much more of this.
SlovakSniper (3371) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bonne bière offerte par rodenbach99. Houblons américains et touche anglaise. Malts grillés. Aucun sucre résiduel. Bonne sécheresse. Trois ou quatre gorgées plus loin, le verre est déjà fini. Facile à boire avec sa pointe citronnée en arrière-goût. Une véritable aubaine. J’aimerais bien la reboire un jour.
bigtaster (593) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper orange color about a one finger beige head. Nose is grass, grapefruit, mango. Medium body, medium carbonation, medium caramel sweetness, dry finish, slight bitterness. Great interpretation of the style, even if it’s more IPA like.
JDBaker11058 (1366) - Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: deep gold, with some pinkish orange amber highlights, with one finger of foamy just off-white head that’s extremely persistent. Aroma: grapefruit, apricot, blood orange, some toasty rye bread. Taste: grapefruit and spruce are in your face right up front, with the bitterness holding over as some sweet fruits and light grains try to come through. Finish: astringent, but slick and smooth, with a lasting bright bitterness, a bit of toast, a surprising shot of mint, and just a hint of hand soap. Notes: Would have liked just a bit more malt backbone to balance this, with maybe a tad more heft in the palate. Maybe some rye. Maybe I was just really jonesing for their 2X Rye when I had this… Bottle from Total Wine, McLean, Virginia.
Matt_Foran (50) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Nice bitter ale style beer, with nice hops presence on the first taste. Nice Amber color and white head. Very smooth finish with more hops on the back end.
hman43 (415) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It pours golden with an orange tinge. The white head sticks around for a while. It does produce some lacing. There is an aroma of hay, barley, and grassy hops. It has a sweet taste to it with grassy hops. It has a bitter finish as well.
GreatDane1632 (609) - USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated from notes taken 14 Sep 2011 -- An Americanized ESB, heavy on the hops, light on the malt. Nice.
MadIndian (2435) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Isaac Newton’s. The tip of my tongue was swimming in bitter notes of citrus, dough, floral hop and some grapefruit. Zesty finish. Not bad.
Westchesterco (1113) - mclean, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from a bottle it is a clear do laden color with a white head it has the aroma of a yoga mat the taste is malty and lingers bitter on the palate
Iphonephan (3652) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear copper with a thick white head. Fruity nose. Flavors of citrus with a malty backbone. Close to an IPA and quite tasty.
drdrewdown (2) - Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2014 does not count
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not a real big fan of this one. I guess I don’t really gravitate towards ESB’s but this one just doesn’t do much for me. It does alright in the "fall themed" category but overall just isn’t my kinda brew.