3fourths (8228) - 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 isn’t noticeable, malt is toasty and firm and the hops are earthy.
DocLock (8053) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cans from Capone’s and Blue Dog. Pours copper with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is grainy caramel malt, brown sugar, hops. Tastes of big caramelly malt, hoppy, with some florals. Comes across the palate like an imperial amber.
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can thanks to LtDan. Really? A 7.3% 93IBU ESB? Pours with a hazed amber-orange hue and a tan head that fades in the time it takes to write this sentence. Aroma of hops: pine, orange peel, toffee and cake. Smells a bit like a faded DIPA. Taste is hoppy, pine, bitter, malty. A bit astringently bitter. Some orange. Kind of a messy/faded IPA more than a bitter, although there is plenty of lingering bitterness. Malt profile is nice though. Bready with some caramel on the finish. Clean on that account. Even if the brewer was going for something else, this comes across as a faded and underattenuated IPA.
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 pt can.
It pours a dark amber with a an off-white head that is pretty foamy and sticks for a long time before receding with some nice lacing.
The smell is very caramally and there is a hint of raw malt and coca along with some hops.
The flavor is pretty bitter. It is also sugary and a bit roasty. It tastes more like a suped-up ESB than an IPA, mostly with the hop bill, it is more of that earwaxy bitterness.
The mouthfeel and drinkability are pretty high. For a wacky experimental beer it isn’t bad.
Ughsmash (7180) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint can. Poured clear, lovely reddish-orange with a tall, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up grassy and herbal hops over mostly biscuity malt.. deeper peppery orange notes.. not greatly exciting, but it seemed well-balanced. The flavor was more bitter than the nose suggested, with orange zest and herbal notes leading.. again a biscuity core with a pinch of honey.. finished with a lot of residual, mostly orangey bitterness, peppery alcohol, and a hint of cardboard. Medium-bodied with rolling carbonation across the middle of the palate.. a bit too spicy and bitter, losing some balance.. overall an OK drinker.
deyholla (6951) - 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.
BVery (6933) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Masterfully brewed. Dark orange and hazy. Pillowy white head. Nose is hop and grapefruit. Resiny taste - citrus, grapefruit, and tea. Just excellent.
DrSilverworm (6926) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 pint tall-boy can. Very hazy orange-amber color, big poofy khaki head. Good lacing! Hoppy and mildly bitter, naturally, but seems kinda creamy. Mild bitter. Smooth going down, however. Good texture. Mild alcohol warmth.
phaleslu (6790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz. can from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a cloudy, dull amber color with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, wood, toasted malts, and wet leaves. Flavor of piney, leafy hops, wood, toasted malts, tea, and rye. Light-medium bodied, with mild carbonation and a leafy mouthfeel. Certainly not as sessionable or easy-drinking as a true English ESB.
KyotoLefty (6695) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml Can. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, grass, earthy hops. Nice, glowing, red-orange. Sweet luscious malt flavor, great bitterness from English hops, earthy and a bit dirty. Good stuff. Very drinkable, rich and fun but not heavy or boozy. A nice ramped-up ESB.