HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Brewed by Frederick Brewing) The palate is very malty and mildly fruity. Hops are present, but subdued. Although, I find this beer to be well made it could use a slightly higher dose of bittering hops.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely an ESB. Not bitter enough to be an IPA. Cloudy reddish brown with white head, constant stream of bubbles. Thin mouth feel and little spritz typical of Fullers ESB. Taste of malt and floral hop, but not as bitter as I had hoped for. Easy to drink, but not especially complex. Thin sour brown ale, ESB malt, a little floral hop. I prefer a stronger hopppyness, and a more pronounced bitter finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer, but more of an IPA than an ESP. Smooth hoppy palate with a very hoppy aftertaste.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by April 2003. Nice off-white rocky head with an odd waxiness (residual oiliness from too long a boil after dry-hopping?) and big fat malty profile. If the waxy appearance of the head was from dry hopping, not much hop character. Overall, a pleasant experience.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I admire this brewery, but in a head to head with Avery Redpoint, this loses big. None of the tempering hoppiness: just big, sweet malt missing floral or citric notes for relief. Interested to try their new unpasteurized version.
jodofo (2) - Merchantville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2003 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'm not one for an overly bitter beer, and this one tasted good. The bitter was there, but not overpowering. Smelled and looked good, went down pleasingly.
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark copper in colour, slightly off-white head. Very floral smell with some detectable pepper. Nothing in the taste at all. Very band contrary to the smell. This must have something to do with Stoudt's....their beer seems very bland. Too bad that the beer doesn't taste as good as it looks and smells!
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy copper color with a small off white head , mild hop flowery and caremel malt aroma. Caremel malty flavor with a nice mild hop bitterness, medium body with a creamy soft mouthfeel, fishes with a very dry bitterness, not a bad ESB, IMHO not the best, still drinkable.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Little head from the beer but has quite a bit of carbonation. Aroma is light hopps a seems sweet. The yaste is just as it smells. Color is murky orange /red. Good average american beer.
ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
mildly bitterred ale that has a english taste.