Jimthechap (2064) - 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.
johnnymusky (627) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at tasting...not into esb brews but had to try...actually pretty good had some hops was mellow on the malt..pretty good brew.
dyetube (1345) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Market Street Frisco. Pours a deep amber color with a thin off white head. The aromas are floral, earthy, leather. The mouthfeel is dry and slightly bitter with a medium body and medium carbonation. Cheers! *** Not a re-rate. Just fixed my mis-typed words.
Dacrza (664) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DATE TASTED: September 19, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: mid-afternoon relaxation following another ugly soccer loss... APPEARANCE: mostly clear, orange amber body (I have the right bottle, but no WAY is this ruby, as the above summary states!) that offers reasonable effervescence... head is off-white, thick, and palpable... lacing forms appropriately,, almost like coral...a good-looking pint... AROMA: no doubt East Kent Golding, with that floral, lavender and lemon... spicy enough to also have Tettnanger or Spaltz... the fruitiness is strong for an ESB.. some clove and thyme work their way in, for a full, pleasing array... PALATE: medium to full-bodied, with a sizzle at the start and a strong, lasting malty finish... active and engaging, some froth too, and unlike many ESBs with lesser character... TASTE: a good, roasted quality sits in the throat, with mild caramel developing an ever-present sweetness that pervades the whole of the experience; the hop profile is decidedly balanced too, though undercut by the malts, with citrus, flower, fruit and earthiness smoothed together in a drinkable blend that begs for pub fare or a game to watch...OVERALL: What must be the "Harvest" quality is the label itself--this is a wonderful approximation of the British standard with enough character to set itself slightly apart from the predictable; at 6.7% ABV deceptively sessionable... sweet and smooth--another success from Southern Tier...
Beerathon (1632) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hands down the best ESB I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking. The malts and hops are in chorus with each other, beckoning you for sip after sip. I honestly wish I had an entire case of this. Excellent for the style.
Darwenus (671) - Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber/brown, average head, average carbonation. The aroma is mild apples and spice, and a little bit of hoppy tingle. The flavor isn’t strong upfront, but the back of the tongue is a smooth flood of warm malt. Orange pekoe tea and caramel round it out. Pretty good.
closey22 (1283) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with login rimming beige head; hoppy sweet and spicy aroma; flava dry woody malt with hint of sweetness and then hops come through ; feels medium to light little fizz ; finishes hoppy slight bitter twang
mR_fr0g (6047) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place. 25/08/2015. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. Translucent golden orange coloured pour with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet toffee, nutty malts, earthy twang, and some berry hop. Flavour is composed of nutty, light twig, tangy berry, light papaer, Palate is semi-sweet, moderate carbonation, little chewy. Lingering jammy fruits.
sinfull (1147) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden/amber color ; thin , white head. Bread , caramel , floral and citrus notes in aroma. Moderate grainy sweetness and decent hoppy bitterness in taste . Slightly astringent finish .
TXBadger (2002) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear darker coppery amber color with off-white head. Caramel malt, light fruits notes, and some toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with toffee and fruit notes.
The_Osprey (3839) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Leighton’s. Hazy murky brown, lightly sparkling, small foamy off-white head. Aroma is custard creams, chlorine swimming pool, caramel. Body is medium, smooth, tingly carbonation. Taste is toffee, biscuity, earthy with a dry finish. Pretty decent.