chickenflea (309) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep clear burnt orange. A small fizzy head did not hang around long, but good lacing on the glass. Aromas of green hops are dominating with some nice floral notes. A hint of sweet malt in the aroma as well. Taste is also hoppy but they taste more like noble hops. A grainy backbone asserts itself rapidly, battling with the hoppy bitterness. Almost no hint of the maltiness I detected on the nose. Instead a delicious spiciness adds a wonderful new element to this ESB. Texture is medium. Medium-high carbonation. Very lively on the tongue. Texture is somewhat oily. A wonderfully different beer. very tasty
BillKismet (3168) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light bronze body with ok head. Nicely bitter aroma that’s a mix of PNW hops and English hop varietals--a bit of Olde Worlde meets New World, while straddling the line between ESB and IPA. Similarly, the flavor straddles these lines with a mix of hop varieties for each content. Fairly high bitterness content, with a light sweetness, and quite drinkable.
Kita (688) - Koper, SLOVENIA - DEC 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 0.355l. Cloudy orange amber color with small creamy, mostly diminishing off-white head and average sparkling appearance. Strong aroma of herbal and floral hops, caramel and dried fruits like apricots and oranges with more subtle nutty notes. Taste starts with rich, smooth and sweet caramel malt, following is fresh with citric acidity, mouthfeel is warming with alcohol note, while finish is moderate bitter with long aftertaste. Full body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Not as good as American brews can be...
kramer (4377) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light amber body with a small fizzy white head. The nose is lightly hoppy with some toasty dry malt. The flavor shows a nice English hoppiness over a slightly sweet toasty and lightly husky malt base. Minimal to no hop bitterness. Light bodied and a touch grainy with soft gentle carbonation. Pretty nice easy drinking ESB. Maybe a touch too much sweetness, but all in all a good effort.
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 (1730) - 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 (1494) - 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 (2049) - 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 (12) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2013
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.