Jimthechap (1321) - 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.
whaleale (9) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2013 does not count
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hops dominate this supposedly fall ale. Little if any malt character. Not ever sure if this would pass as an IPA.
Beergeek23322 (1671) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
9/8/2010. From bottle. Pours copper color with an off-white head. Malt, bitter hops, light fruit and caramel. Great balance and flavors. Very nice seasonal.
tpdaman (1) - - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of favorite seasonals. I look forward to it each year. I think it is an outstanding ESB with an ode to an Octoberfest.
boozedude (1450) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from friar tucks in st Louis, clear copper pour with thin white head, awesome mix of hopps, and flavors, really dam good beer
pinkzambia (1363) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear gold color with a small white ring head. Hoppy aroma and it seemed more American than English. Definite hops in the flavor with a cardboard finish.
IndianaRed (2035) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle clear light amber quick light tan head. Light toasted malts and plenty of bitter noble hop aroma. Quite bitter and hoppier than I expected. Very clean dry finish.
ESPh (4) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper-amber color with a nice head. Good presence of hops without a real bite. Very tasty and is now a seasonal favorite.
ansermadide (1407) - Kyle, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden in color, this has a bright, hoppy citrus and pine aroma with some caramel sweetness. It’s thin bodied and a little dirty, with a characteristic rye grain flavor that’s gentle, but surprisingly pleasant. Easy, simple, clean, and sessionable.
ROBC3366 (197) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear orange-golden color with an off-white head. Candied fruit and tangerine nose. Full body and slightly oily. Tangerine and apricot flavor with an adequate malt backbone for fullness and support.
rubbishystuff (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to iNBe. Amber clear color. The hops are an strange mix. Some of the straight bitterness of the English hops with some grassy and herbal hops as well. Serving: Bottle