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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Our titillating version of an ESB! Built for speed and comfort, this baby will slap you silly as soon as you hit the throttle. Dive in with your eyes wide open, you old sailor you!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (1952) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Toffee colored pour. Big off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Big hop aroma. Oranges and malt. Malty up front that quickly fades to a nice crisp hop flavor. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Draft at the ATL airport on layover. Nice copper color with an off-white head, and a pleasant toast and green hops aroma. Enjoyable balance between sweet and bitter with a medium body and a clean finish. Canít pick a much better brew to kill time with in the airport.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (325) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle. Clear dark amber, white head and some minimal lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus and pine. Taste is sharply bitter to start followed with a nice bready malt backbone. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Reminds me a bit of a rye IPA; solid brew.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
One2remeber (137) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2013
EB: 11.10.13. Light brown, deep amber hue. White head, adequate. Root beer, sarsaparilla. Candy caramel, brown malt. Americanized ESB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricTeusink (631) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Solid low ABV offering from Sweetwater. Drank a half serving at lunch. Pours clear amber with light head. Scent is a touch of grain with a hint of citrus. Taste is mildly sweet with crisp bitter finish. Light-Medium body and somewhat flat. Would like to try this brew on cask. Draft - Brick Store Pub - Decatur, GA

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
foyle (187) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: 1Ē fluffy cream colored head, recedes at a moderate rate with lots of lacing. Amber color with a cloudy appearance (probably hop sediment in suspension), significant carbonation bubbles streaming up. Aroma: Pine and citrus hops dominate the smell. There is some detectable malt as well in the background (a bit of earthy, bready odor). Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, just slightly sticky, highly carbonated in the mouth (almost like drinking a cola), somewhat dry finish. Flavor: Fairly well balanced as the hops dominate from start to finish Ė pine, citrus, and floral, even a hint of English type earthy hops. The biscuit quality of the malt helps to even out the taste and there is some caramel sweetness also. Overall: Great job Sweetwater!

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Bottle. Ok this is not a great ESB. Its a decent beer but it really sits on the fringe of the style if it sits within it at all. Look at the ABV alone. I think there is a slight north american skew in the rating system on this one.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drostj (98) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle. Pours murky light amber with a thick creamy head. Faint aroma - clean hops with a hint of spice. Very mild flavor - this is supposed to be a bitter? Smooth, clean, slightly sweet, flavor of hops, some grass and a hint of orange. Tiny bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Sweetwater has decided to redefine ESB I guess.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2012
The palate to Sweetwater Motor Boat Ale is everything I would expect in an American Pale Ale, but since itís an ESB (extra special bitter), itís not exactly what I want in the style. Thatís not to say Iím all about conforming to style, far from it, but thereís something to be said for expectation. This beer is nothing like Wells Bombardier or Fullerís ESB, and is more akin to any standard American Pale Ale.

I received a 12oz bottle in a beer trade with Ding. I poured it into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy brown/burgundy hue. Forms a large, beige, frothy head which is slow to dissipate and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light citrus notes, especially orange. A sweet candy scent and a hint of pine needles.

Taste: Sharp bitterness right away with a light sweet orange candy flavor through the middle. The hops impart a significant bite and dry astringency throughout the second half of the swig. The aftertaste is a lingering bitterness but nothing intolerable. Iíd definitely prefer a stronger, more balanced malt character, but the by-the-book hop profile is at least satisfying.

Drinkability: This is a perfectly medium-bodied beer all around. A crispness to the body thatís not overly fizzy. It goes down smooth and is actually quite refreshing while in the mouth, though it is rather drying afterwards. Sweetwater Motor Boat Ale has a lot of flavor for 5.6% ABV and sits much lighter on my system than most beers of that potency. Ideal for dinner, but too strong to session.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (5613) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Murky amber orange pour with a smaller white head. Floral, citrus, and some cracker. Solid.


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