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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Brewed with lots of Golden Promise and Pale Ale malts with a touch of Oats and light hazy gold in color. Ultra crisp bitterness from Warrior hops, with Glacier hops adding the peach,orange and apricot aroma. We dry-hopped this one because...we like hops.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (700) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2008
16 oz can. Orange color, mildly fizzy, small head. Flavor is mild malt, finishes dry and hoppy. Lots of citric and pine hop presence in this one. Palate is smooth. Crisp and clean finish. Good amount of flavor for a beer with such a low ABV. Another solid Surly brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Bottle courtesy of tytoanderso: Wow. What an interesting beer! Prominently biscuity aroma of honey, some pine, and apricots. Drinks completely opposite of aroma, with bitterness up front, fading to sweet malt, then a dryness and finish of iced tea. Confusing, but tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2008
On cask at Maproom. Amber pour with medium sudsy head. Aroma is american hops, citrusy grapefruit forward. I agree with 17th floor in the aroma not carrying over so much to the flavor. Flavor is much more english. Herbal and floral hop flavors, a somewhat grassy bitterness, and just a hint of the citrus detected in the nose. Hop driven for sure. Very smooth session beer. Glad to have tried this on cask.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2008
[on cask at Maproom] Pours a faint amber with a medium sudsy white froth. Faint grapefruit / peach fresh hop aroma. The aroma doesnít carry much into the flavor. Flavor is very distant but balanced. Lightly bitter, resiny and peachy. A very mellow brew. Not extremely malty, nor hoppy, but still manages that English cheeriness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 on cask at the maproom. pours hazy light amber with soapy white head. aroma of grapefruit, pine, and slightly chemical. flavors is refreshing, grapefruit, citrus, pine, not much malt profile here, watery, medium bitterness coming in on the backend. pretty nice PNW ESB. 3.3.
11/2/09, thanks to bang for this one. pours hazy golden-amber with white head. nose of mild pine, orange citrus, and mildly toasted malts. a lot of perceived bitterness with hop notes of peach and apricot, with a sturdy malt backbone. a crisp and refreshing brew. 3.4.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2012 [Can, thanks Guerde] Pours dark amber with a decent khaki head. Aroma is not a surprise, as it is big on fresh hops. The description is pretty accurate, with the most noticeable aromas being apricot (strongest) and peach. There are also a good amount of malt in the background. The taste is much more malt dominant Good mouthfeel, smooth and with a lightly citrusy and fairly dry, bitter finish. The taste is somewhat weak, but I wasnít expecting a flavor bomb with this beer anyways. Pretty solid and definitely would be a good session beer. Iíll revisit this rating when I have had more bitters to compare it to.

Re-rate: Just taking it down a tenth of a point. More tea in the taste, but less hoppy than I remembered it overall. Still smells great. Old rating: 8/3/7/4/14 = 3.6

Re-rate: Aroma is huge on lemon iced tea, with a little playdough present as well. Lots of tea in the taste--this beer seems to get more tea dominant each time I have it. Mild bitterness in the taste, with lots of lemon iced tea again, and some peach. I remember this as being better. The taste has grown on me, but the aroma is a little worse than I remember. Overall, this isnít a bad beer by any means, but Iím slightly less impressed each time I have it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1150) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 (can) Pours amber with a white head that settles to a fine film with decent lacing. Aroma is strong with fruit. The noted orange and apricot are the most evident, but also a hint of pine, and an underlying earthiness that occurs near the end of the sniff which intensifies as the beer warms. A really pleasant smell here. Sadly, the taste did not live up to the aroma. The flavor begins with just a very light sweetness, that is almost immediately replaced by a clean and dry lemon/grapefruit rind finish. Medium mouthfeel. I havenít had many bitters, but this one would definitely be a decent session beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 6, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 This was genius. An absolute highlight of Dark Lord 08. Unbelievable squeezed orange juice flavor in an ESB Are you even kidding me? It barely even tastes like an ESB, but in a good way Surly does it again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (3892) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2008
Poured a cloudy orange color with hardly any white head. Aroma of was hoppy and fruity. Taste was also kind of fruity and sour. Decent beer, but did not taste like the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
On tap at Dark Lord Day 08. I thought this beer was decent and it helped to have a break from the Darklord. Pours a hazy orange. Fruity hoppy aroma. It almost tasted like tea, which was interesting. Not as bold as their other beers but still good.


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