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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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham, NC. Pours a hazy copper color with a medium sized head. Good head retention and lacing. Sticky citrus and floral hop aroma. Taste is bitter citrus hops with lots of pineapple and peach notes. Very faint caramel that grows a bit in the finish. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (28458) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
Bottled. A hazy dark amber beer with a thin lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of grapefruity hops, caramel, and citrus. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, bread, and grapefruit, leading to a dry bitter finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Pours a copper color with an off white head and plenty of lacing. Aroma of floral hops, toffee and malt. Taste of nuts, malt, hops and toffee. This is a very drinkable beer that I throroughly enjoyed. One of my favorite Sweetwaters to date.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2010
bottle pours amber with a medium light tan head, spotty lacing. Nose is a mix of biscuit malt, rye, pine and floral hops. Flavor is bread, doughy malt, toasted nuts, leafy hops with a resinous finish. Nicely balanced ESB.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Pours copper with a small white head, no lace. Aroma is pretty nice, with bready malt and light hops. Taste is a little more subdued, in my opinion, with light hops and more of the bread malt. Finish isn’t all that bitter. Mouth is medium-bodied and carbonation is light. Overall, a nice brew with a nice aroma, though not all that bitter or memorable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2008
12 oz. bottle purchased at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours a reddish-amber body with a small, frothy, ivory-colored head. Smell: Aroma smelling strongly of spice and plump citrus fruits overlaying lighter notes of day-old, over-cooked biscuits. Taste: Toasted biscuits with a touch of grain and even less caramel sweetness. Taste of citric grapefruit, maybe a few berries in there as well. Spicy, citrus hops with a medium bitterness. Sugar hints come and go throughout. Finishes dry, with an herbal quality to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Drinkability: Some pair up beers with fine cuisine, maybe some even pair up beers with music. Me, I set beers up alongside movies. This bitter brew contrasted nicely to the sweet, satisfying ending of Karate Kid when Daniel defeats Whatshisname from Cobra Kai. Although the bitterness comes rushing back when I see Karate Kid 2 is up next.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle from Springslicker. Pours a nice copper amber with a light beige retentive head. Nice fruity ester nose, sort of orangey. Lighter side of medium bodied. Flavor of caramel and grains, with some citrusy accents. Very moderate balancing bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6331) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2008
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a small bubbled white lace. Nose is slightly hoppy, with some honey and sweet malt. Flavor shows some depth in the hops. Apricot, peach, earthy hops surround the malts. Better than I expected.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This may be my favorite Sweetwater. For a non-English ESB, it’s really pretty good. The hops flavor is a bit more pervasive than the malt, but the malt makes a great base layer. The taste is somewhat citric with a caramel undertone.


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