Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. This beer was certainly a pleasant surprise. Usually these gimmicky-type bottles house awful beers. Pours a thorough amber color with a medium thin and quickly dissipating light beige head. Very thin lacing. Assertive floral hops aroma. Excellent balance of hops and malt in the flavor. Nice, clean finish is bitter and a little spicy. Very good.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is what an ale is supposed to be! Almost as good as Arrogant Bastard, but less arrogant.
Deep, inviting amber color, nice lacy head.
Cascades mingle with fruity esters in the nose, though both in perfect amounts.
Wonderful malt spectrum, very akin to Deschutes Jubelale in terms of its
excellent use of specialty malts. Easily a top-10 beer for me.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice - softly sweet up front with a roast/toffee sweetness at the center and back of tongue. While this is hoppy, it's very well integrated and balanced with the sweeter flavors. (thanks loweredsixth!)
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hello my hoppy delectable beauty!!!! The aroma is bubbling with citrusy hops, and a very sweet caramel undertone...lovely!!! It pours a nice amber cloudy color with medium carbonation and a thin yet creamy white head. The taste is brimming with smoothness. Prickling hops, which are actually much milder than the aroma entails smack the palate into a frenzy and give way to a mind boggling caramel sweetness created by that beautiful malt they've used. Extremely clean finish, moderately dry, but not too much so. Candy-like malty sweetness. Very well rounded and extremely enjoyable, thanks beerguy101.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big burst of hops right out of the bottle. The aroma is dominated by great citrus tones...nice hops. The flavor, however, was nice and malty. The malty sweetness coupled with the big hops bitterness made this an enjoyable experience.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very good beer. Could smell the hops from across the room as soon as you opened the bottle. Nice amber color. Head and lace stayed around awhile.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is described as amber ale but ESB seems the proper style. It is aggressively hopped and laces up on the glass. The floral aroma and fruity character make this a greatly enjoyable beer.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge hops up front on the nose, slight head that loses steam quick. Great amber color. Again with big hops on the first hit to the mouth. I was looking for a little more balace with the malt on the finish, but it finished strong with hops. Good solid ale. Thanks beerguy101!
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a happy surprise. Dark rich amber color. Monster hop nose ... maybe a bit over the top. The whole experience is about the hops. Very California, very good.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2003 I got several of these from MWSF, my wife drank them(made the mistake of putting them in the upstairs frig) then told me she didn't like them. Put me down as pissed. It's a dark bronse colored brew, transluminate. Aroma of hops. Flavor mostly malts, somewhat sweet and fair amount of hops bittness. Oily mouthfeel which I think I like. Finish has some,but not alot of bitterness. Good Brew! Thanks Beerguy and Matt.