Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can poured a clear amber with a lastin amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, cocoa and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied anmd smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, light cocoa and a hint of citrus with a smooth dry lingering bitter earthy finish.
TomDecapolis (4590) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can pours a hazy deep brownish amber with a smaller bubbly off white lacing head. Aroma of nice floral and citrusy hop notes. Really hoppy for an ESB. Getting some tea, toffee and nuts. Flavor of toasted malt, tea, floral and orange hop notes.
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy reddish-orange color. Moderate tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is orange and pine. Flavor is a nice mix of bready malt, citrus and pine and grassy hops. Medium moutfheel and good amount of hop bitterness in aftertaste. Slightly dry finish. Very nice.
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
almost amber hazy pour with a medium off white head.
aroma is nice bready malt. some piney herbal hop.
Soft malty body. lingering orange pith and piney bitterness.
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Can] Pours a deep golden/amber color with lots of white head. The nose is quite hoppy, with pine and grapefruit coming to the forefront. The taste included orange peels, lemon, pine, some biscuit, astringent hops, caramel and some bread. Low carbonation and well masked alcohol content. Tasty and solid.
deyholla (7454) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can shared at the September 2010 Metro Detroit tasting. Poured a slightly hazy orange amber with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was nice pine with some cereal backing it up. Flavor had quite strong pine that mellowed slightly to allow the cereal backbone to come out.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh 16 oz. can. Pours lightly hazy, with a deep reddish-amber color, the body supports a small, fading head of beige tinted froth. Settling as a bubbly blanket, the head leaves tattered ribbons of sticky lacing etched onto the glassware. The nose is heavy on toasted biscuit and caramel, suggesting also baked bread crust and a slight hint of nuttiness. Hops are prominent and citrusy-herbal, showing notes of orange rind and tea leaves. Flavors are similarly balanced, again based in caramelized biscuit and toasted malt. Hop bitterness is well above average for an ESB, giving notes of orange pith and grapefruit. Smooth, creamy, and lightly carbonated, the palate shows ample, malty substance, but seems weighty with sugars. Overall, itís a decent ESB-IPA hybrid, but itís not really my style.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
at beerfest in kc flying saucer. pretty darn good. it is slightly citrusy with a bit of roasted malt. finishes mellow and smooth with a bit of astringency from hops. overall very palatable.
BelgianBeerGal (3287) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the KC F.S. Very tough to categorize and rate. ESB, maybe? IPA, maybe? Still good though. Bronze color with filmy lacing. Clean malt aroma at first but later the hops pop up. Initially spicy hops flavor but then it mellows out with malt. Bitter finish.
Guerde (1200) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(can) Pours out a dark orangish copper color with a small off-white head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is very potent and vibrant, with plenty of citrus fruits such as pineapple, orange, grapefruit, with some light pine underneath. The drosophila seem to think this liquid contains fruit as well, since they immediately swarmed my glass upon pouring. Maltier undertones of sugar cookie dough, caramel, with some orange marmalade spread over toast making an appearance as well, but the hops make it difficult to smell much else. Remarkably the 7.2% ABV is nowhere to be detected on the nose or the tastebuds. Tastes of orange zest, baked soft pretzel, and possibly some guava make their presence known. Sweet caramel is displayed in the fore, and the finish is certainly piney and full of bitter grapefruit peel. Mouthfeel is surprising in that it is light, which makes this one dangerous brew as itís very easy to drink and the alcohol is virtually undetectable. Overall, a very good beer that Iím glad is available in MN. I imagine I will be drinking more of this.