Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden amber color with a 2 finger thick beige head that left some spotty lacing. Nose was light all the way around in spice, hops and malt. finish was light in hop bitterness and maybe even a little watery, an ok ESB.
ChainGangGuy (4531) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy, copper body with a small, off-white head.
Smell: Strong scent of freshly-sliced grapefruits with a backing of pale malts.
Taste: Flash of pale malts and malty sweetness, then the flavor jumps into a hit of citrusy grapefruit with a moderate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: I’m not sure I honestly care for the American slant to this noble English style.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a copper color with a white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, and a hint of grapefruit. Flavor is malty, caramel, and a bitter citrus finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy copper, fine cream colored head, drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with light floral hops,
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice caramal and crystal sweetness, touch of fruity character, earthy bitterness, light lasting bitter finiah,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent bright copper orange with a spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh citrusy grapefruit and lightly toasted pale malt. Body starts semi-sweet and drier with a decent citrusy hop character. Finishes drier, earthy and bittersweet with a crisp finish. An interesting and pretty well-balanced American style ESB.
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear coppery orange color with a small white head. Aroma of grassy notes, caramel malts and amarillo hops. Taste is grassy with faint amarillo hops. Average.
shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
10/30/2007: Amarillo ESB has a clear, bright copper color with a dense off-white head that leaves ring-like lacing. The aroma has tons of orangy Amarillo hops. The flavor has some toasted or lightly roasted malt with a bit of caramel maltiness as well. There is a smooth, even bitterness that really works well to balance this beer and add a lot of good citrus hop flavor. This beer finishes like a nice pale ale. Overall it this is a really nice ESB spiked with flavorful hops. This is a great twist on an under apreciated style (in the USA) that works really well. I highly recommend this beer.
16 oz draught at The Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Ohio. Rating #6 for this beer.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Brew Kettle: Orange amberish body w/a lasting off white/cream colored head. Initial aroma is dominated by citrusy grapefruit hops. Toasted and caramel malt trail not far behind. Slightly grassy, but a nice caramelly malt sneaks in as it warms. Lightly fruity, but mostly from the hops. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma. Finishes on the semi dry side, lots of hops (grassy & grapefuity) in the flavor, and lingers into the aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation, a little dry on the palate. Very nifty little offering from Brew Kettle. Nice & fresh, but it didn’t fare too well w/ the mild colby & gouda cheese that I had with it. Actually, they both might have been better off alone than paired, at least on my palate.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Fascinating blend of English bitter and American hops. The Amarillo really shines through with a nice herbalness.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Aroma: Nice maltiness with some light caramel and nutiness. Citrusy hops with some pine and earthiness. Appearance: Light amber in color and clear. Off white head was small and frothy with decent retention. Not much lacing. Flavor: Medium sweet malt flavor again with caramel and toasted nuts, but with a grainy character, as well. Citrus, pine, and light resin hops with some light earthiness into the finish. Bitterness was fairly strong for the style, but was still balanced. Nice dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: Pretty good ’americanized’ ESB. I like Amarillo hops, so this one was good for me.