jhliesen (692) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle--really lovely version of an ESB, found in the seasonal section at Total. Aroma of biscuit and some hops. The color was dark amber with a small head. Looks great in an English Pint Glass. The hops start off the taste without becoming overwhelming and then the soft caramel and toffee taste kicks in. Finish with a bit of hops and lingering sweetness. A charming version of an Americanized ESB. Total wine.
gym399 (25) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent take on an ESB. Extremely well balanced. Very pleasant booziness.
AirForceHops (2712) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle in a trade with Darren. Best by 12/04/2013. Dark amber color with soapy bubbles that laced well. Nose is caramel, toffee and fruity hops. Assertive hop profile for the style! Pine and herbal hops linger on the tongue for a long duration. Just enough caramel malts to provide balance. Roasted grain in a medium body. Exceeded my expectations. But not want you may be looking for in an ESB, very hoppy compared to true English recipes. Nice drink.
DrewFace (482) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber color. Moderate hop aroma....light citrus, resiny. Flavor is big on the hops for style but enjoyable. Citrus, and some earthy hops. Very enjoyable.
rangerred (861) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear medium copper with a very thick and billowy off-white head. Amazing, rock hard head retention but somewhat lacking in lacing.
Lots of citrusy American hops in the aroma along with a moderate amount of toasted malt and some caramel. Really nice hops/malt balance here.
Lots of juicy, citrusy hops up front quickly followed by toast and caramel and a touch of roast. Hops are a bit fleeting, though, as they fade away a little too quick as does the malt flavor. What you are left with is a lingering light sweetness and a mild bitterness. It is very pleasant although I wish the flavors were a little more bold.
Overall, a very nice beer from Sweetwater. Really fits the fall season and a nice alternative to pumpkin brews and Oktoberfests.
Jamesthebrit (195) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like the epitome of a ESB. A little malty. A little hops. A little spicy. Looks fine. Pale brown caramel color. Good head retention. Tastes like the smell. Malty, a little bitter. A little spicy. Palate is fine. Smooth. Huh almost a little rubber taste in there.
Overall I donít really like esbs but this is great for the style. Iíve heard great things about sweetwater so I may continue to check them out.
SanfordBrewer (1382) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
translucent amber with a thick beige head. medium body with medium-high carbonation. seems thin but resinous and foamy, so has a self-conflicting mouthfeel, and gives a sort of awkward and gassy drinking experience.
aroma: citrusy american hops, worty pale and crystal malts.
taste: astringent grain, boiled hop residue (like a hop bag right when itís pulled out of the kettle after an hour-long boil), caramel malt, and some yeastiness.
seems like an english recipe and yeast strain, but american grains and hops.
thomas15 (642) - USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma of juicy peach and apricot. Slight malt influence with flickers of caramel. Appears as it should tan head a top a burnt orange brown body. Taste is bright fruit with balanced back end bitterness. Very solid esb.
nimbleprop (4200) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours a clear, brick red with some cloudy, white head. Nice nose, dried leaves, some fruit, some peach, malt. Flavor is malty, sweet, fruity, light citrus bite. Clean finish.
DiarmaidBHK (3161) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total wine stuart. pours brown with an inch of khaki foam. a little bit of malt on the nose. Finally a bitter that tastes bitter. Nice hop presence that leaves a gift on the finish. Nice!