daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golenish pour. White head. Boring caramel and lightly fruity arom and flavor. Very light bitter note.
djd07 (2915) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at TapWerks OKC. Pours a clear copper with a small creamy white head with sticky lacing. The aroma is a floral hops and grapefruit. Thin mouthfeel with a hoppy bite and nice bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it easy to drink, a very good ESB from Tallgrass.
66gtk (1) - Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2011 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer keeps getting better the more I drink it. I have enjoyed 2 batches of this, and itís great.
Sledutah (4114) - Utah, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared at RBWG 2011, thanks
Appearance: Hazy golden with a small white head and light lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, caramel and tart fruit
Taste: Tart fruits, caramel and some bitterness
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
At the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010 courtesy of Mike. Clear amber body with a small off-white ehad. Earthy fruit and alcohol aroma. Earthy flavor with some caramel. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
edognight (7) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Loved the deep copper color and high protein head. Pint can, but that didnít bother me at all. Rich malty flavor and nice carbonated tingle. Ií. not sure about the aroma, Iíve heard ígrassyí and íflat.í Flavor is a wonderful full balance of caramel, mellow bitter and a tiny hint of citrus. I love this beer.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours iced tea brown with a lasting, pitted, khaki head that leaves a web of lace upon the glass.Toasted malt with piny and citric hops along with some other lighter assorted fruit notes (a little passion fruit and a whisper of pineapple). Medium-bodied and slick with a tight, bitter and somewhat drying finish. This is not your typical ESB. It has the expected toasty malt-forward front, but that lasts for just an instant before you are smacked by the piny, grassy and slightly fruity assault of hop notes. While the nose doesnít mimic the flavor profile, both are enjoyable. This is an IPA drinkerís kind of ESB. If youíre wanting a Fullers-style ESB look elsewhere, but if you are a hop head, you will likely enjoy this tasty hybrid.
mattyb83 (736) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Notes. Tap. Hazy brown/orange color with a small white head. Not the prettiest looking beer (castleton ftw!). Nose is grassy and wheatlike. Not to impressed with that. Sweet and floral taste. Caramel and a perfume like taste lead to a slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied and fairly sticky. Iím thinking this one may have been past itís prime.
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GLBN IPA Challenge 2011, sample. copper colored pour, notes of tea, british hops, light tabacco, sweet toffee maltiness, orange marmalade. Decent ESB, Average IPA
Beaver (1219) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz can. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy white head.
The aroma is a bit strange - fruity resiny hops and some weird off note.
The flavor is a bit strange as well. Thereís some woody caramel notes with a decent amount of hop bitterness - fruity, resiny, a little minty and almost sour. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, itís a bit strange to me. Maybe itís the mix of ESB with big American hops. The blend of caramel, wood, fruits and some almost sour notes just didnít work for me.