Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled via 16-oz can during GTMW 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear amber colored brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a white ring and spotty lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt, some light grapefruit zest, a hint of chocolate and some sharp spice. Taste is medium bodied, some dry multi-grain malt, grassy and citrus hops and a touch of lemon. Finish is semi-dry, grassy hop finish with a lingering bitterness.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2011 New rating, about the same even though the can sat around a while. There were a few chunks, but nothing bothersome. Medium copper colored body with a very light khaki head. The nose is caramel with some notes of bread and peanuts. There is also some black tea. The taste is largely black tea and toffee. The finish is raw potato skins.
TheBeerGod (5006) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Iced tea colored with tall, sturdy beige head. Aroma is floral and earthy hops with tea leaves, sweet malt, toasted caramel, toffee and citrus. Taste is citrusy hops, earthy hops, caramel, toffee notes, soft nuttiness, floral notes and light nuttiness. Body is medium with a thick, frothy carbonation. Ends with light lemon iced tea, floral and earthy hops, soft spicy hops, caramel, toffee, citrus and sweet malt.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , 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
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz. Can (via Trade from my man phaleslu. THANKS Peter!): Aroma of malt, hops, slight caramel, Earth, and some grain. Poured deep amber/orange in color with a perfect, large, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished a bit but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny, and a few small, particles throughout. Really a beautiful, perfect head. Excellent lacing. Flavor is is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, light caramel, slight pine, Earth, and light resin. Medium body. Sightly tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, light pine, Earth, light resin, slight grain finish is medium sweet, light to medium bitter, and lightly dry. 7.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Suttree (4867) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting that this is called an ESB on the can and an IPA here, because when we were drinking this I commented on what an IPA-ish ESB this is. So, yeah, this is like a full bodied, slightly malty IPA. I liked it. Thanks to theisti for the trade!
DrSilverworm (4747) - 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.
decaturstevo (4624) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with tan head and lace. Caramel malt and a nice citrus hop aroma. Camarel malt with a citrus bitter. medium bodied with good carbonation. jcw.
kramer (4572) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16 oz can. Pours a clear dark copper body with a nice frothy one inch beige head that had decent retention. The nose is about half right, the hops are fairly decent: English, leafy, pretty fresh. The malt is a bit off though, itís too sweet, too heavily dependent on crystal malt. Not very ESB like at all. The flavor is much the same. The hops fit the bill pretty well, but when it comes to the malt itís just a little too Americanized. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. The iced tea/ brown sugar like sweetness lingers a bit too long, outlasting the hops by far. It wasnít a real chore to drink a whole can of this, but not something Iíd buy again.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4472) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a hazy orange-caramel color with a large foamy orange-white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sweetish pine, grapefruit, perfume and undertones of faint caramel and nut. The flavor was bitter and dryish with moderate pine, grapefruit and lemon and light caramel, nut and bread underneath. The finish was long and bitter with lingering pine, grapefruit and perfume. Fairly full bodied. Interesting.