Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of daknole. Pours copper with a nice white head. Smells of caramel and sweet malt. Tastes of pepper, caramel, spice, some earthy compliments on the finish.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured to a bright copper color with medium off-white head that lingered thru mid glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was hoppy citrus and the mouthfeel full and slightly bitter. Taaste was a follow-up of the bitter hoppy citrus, with an undertoen of malty sweetness at midglass. Rounded to a nice, full warming finish, with just the right amount of dryness.
Good effort Sweetwater!
dchmela (2560) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Ian for the bottle. Pours a nice reddish brown with a thin white head. Citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. Nice medium thick body with lots more caramel malt and big citrus hops hops. Tasty and easy to drink.
emacgee (3874) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a red orange copper with a one finger frothy off white head. The nose is sweet, citrusy hops, pretty pungent, has a nice (American) hop character laid over a prominent malt character. The flavor is sweet, citrusy hops, hop presence, malty, orange peel, light bitterness, lightly subdued. The palate is thin waxy with a light body.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel apples in the nose with some with slight resin. Brilliant light amber in color with a nice off-white head. Juicy caramel mixes with noble hops to give some citric twang. Long, balanced finish. A great beer!
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Clear amber pour with a light head. Nice smelling ESB. English hops are right there for your enjoyment as is a pleasant malty grain. Probably the best tasting ESB in some time as well. Well balanced malts, grain flavors, and English earthy hops (maybe a touch of citrus as well) mixed well with a bit of sweetness. Very nice. Medium semi-dry body. If I was going to brew one, this would be it.
bctdi (3) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark brown and has a light hop aroma.Very light texture which I didnt expect due to the 6.5% abv.slight sweetness and just a hint of bitter / hops.This beer is way drinkable / goes down easy and smooth.I could easily have a few of these.
Cybercat (2989) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is strong and malty with a firm hoppy undertone and a decided hint of molasses. Color is a beautiful, clear, appetizing copper with an off-white and fairly persistent head. Mouth-filling flavor is fairly but not fiercely bitter, and has just a whisper of sweetness as well as a nutty undertone. Texture is exceptionally smooth so it goes down very nicely.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with kp - Pours a hazy deep amber color with a one and a quarter finger thick off white head. There is a light amount of floaties in there too. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted toffee, floral hops, and oranges. Flavor is toasted malt, esters, and floral hops. Palate is fairly smooth. Medium body. The oranges show up again just a tad bit in the aftertaste. A pretty nice, easy drinking beer. Thanks Keith.
JoeMcPhee (8189) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing. Pale orange-amber colour. Aroma is fairly sweet with a lot of crystal malt sweetness. A sort of orange peel and light caramel aroma. Herbal hoppiness that doesn’t quite round off the sweet edges of this beer. Oranges and a bit of cherry as well. A light attempt at dusty bitterness. It’s on the sweet side, but it works pretty well.