zizzybalubba (1780) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. can from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours brownish-orange with a foamy off-white head. Aggressively hopped aroma of tangerines, grapefruit rind, and toffee. The flavor is hoppy enough that itís unfair to label this as an ESB. Floral and grassy hops combine with an equally malty sweet backbone that labeling this as an IPA also is unfair. American Strong Ale? Whatever you want to call it this is a really good beer.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this random brew at Tria Rittenhouse in Philly. Pours a light amber with a tall light tan head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma of freshly baked biscuits. Flavios of toasted malt, nuts and mildly bitter hops. Light but not thin texture and a medium long finish with a bit of vanilla. Glad I tried it. Who knew they did craft brews in Kansas?
3fourths (9064) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
crunchy toasty malt (crackers, light caramel, pleasant nuttiness) with bold hop nose (earthy, nutty, raw). a bit syrupy and rough but those things seem to balance out each other and keep this one in line. alcohol isnít noticeable, malt is toasty and firm and the hops are earthy.
italianjohn (2848) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour off white creamy and foamy head lots of sticky striped lacing .... aroma of citrusy hops, little earthy and lots of caramel malt, light toffee ...... taste is a lot of caramel malt with a good dose of citrusy bitter hop with a resiny and earthy feel, light toffee ..... bitter hop lingers into the finish .... good malt and hop balance and the abv is hidden well .... a nice mix of styles
Braudog (6255) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. The gargantuan head of foam is clearly the predominant characteristic of this pour, burying a burnt-orange beer. A bountiful aroma escapes thru the foam, rich with malt and notes of pine. The flavors are worthy of a roaring campfire, overflowing with bark, pinecone, resin, and light bitterness. (#4123/5/27/2011)
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks to dougofthefuture for sending this in Blind BIF 5. Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pours a bright copper color with a bit of a reddish hue. Big white head with some spotty lacing and a thin cap throughout. The nose is not good. Really light with a bit of grain. A bit grainy. Smells kind of like an old IPA. Grain tannin. The flavor has loads of grain and a good amount of grain husk. By good, I mean a lot, not that its a little less than great. Astringent. Hard to guess on this right now. Itís tasting more like a bad IPA. Bitterness in the finish with a dry finish. No hop flavor thought. Not a fan. Perhaps a kill shot.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-14-2011
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint can poured into an English Pint at 50į. Color is a golden brown with a slight touch of orange. Carbonation is very good producing a tall head that is tight on top. Aroma is a light hop scent with some grapefruit zest in the back. It has a lighter medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor comes on with a faint grain taste that has a very mild sweetness lending a bit of caramel, then the hops jump in with grapefruit and white pepper on a bold bitterness. After taste is dry with the bitterness out lasting the flavors. Wow this is a great ESB, very well balanced and tasty. This is only the second brew Iíve had from them but both have been excellent examples of there style.
obguthr (5487) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can: Peppery hay nose with toffee undertones. Clear copper, medium yellow head, good lacing. Flavor is heavily dominated by tea, but clover honey is also prominent. Grain notes are occasionally detected. Lilly and marigold finish. Alcohol not noticeable. Traditional and authentic British aromas and flavors. Carbonation and strength is more of the American flavor. Quite an interesting interpretation of an ESB
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very hazy and very dark amber/copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 2.5 finger frothy light beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large streaks of soapy lacing behind.
Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with a balance of floral hops and dark malt notes. Thereís a faint citrus presence with hints of pineapple and grapefruit but the hops mostly give off floral pine notes. The malt character is prominent in the nose with hints of caramel, nut and biscuit. The citrus notes become more evident as it warms but it still smells a bit malt heavy for my liking.
Medium bodied with a much stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests. Thereís a nice dry, bitter hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a spicy dry finish. Oily and sticky with a prominent pine needle flavor that overpowers some subtle citrus notes. Underneath, there is strong malt backbone that provides some sweetness for balance. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit but the hop presence is most prominent. The ABV is well masked but overall itís a bit one note in the hop profile and I would have preferred if the malt presence was a bit stronger. This is supposed to be an imperial ESB but it tastes more like an overly malty DIPA.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark amber color with a tall tan head. Has a soft scent, has a nice hoppy malt taste to it.