DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
28-Jul-08 (12-oz bottle: Purchased 21-Jul-08 for $1.66 from liquidsolutions.biz) ESG suggests that this might have a British-influenced flavor, but one sip and such a notion is immediately discarded. ESG a hoppier version of a generic blonde ale. It is decidedly grainy and husky with background flavors of corn, sweet honey and bread. Vaguely flavorful hops are dusty and mildly bitter and seem to accentuate the husky character, both in flavor and mouthfeel. The beer is medium bodied and gently carbonated, but there is a dusty, dry and slightly astringent mouthfeel that builds into the finish. The nose is grainy and honey-sweet but the huskiness is as obtrusive here as in the flavor and mouthfeel. Golden and slightly hazy body, but the bubbly, off-white head barely covers the beer’s surface when poured before fading quickly into oblivion. Too much graininess to keep me interested, and the husky quality is undesirable. Nothing special about this "Extra Special" beer.
vulcanmeister (171) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale gold with a very small quickly receding white head. The aroma is grain and malt. Light body, mild carbonation, and clean tart grapefruit. The bitterness is astringent and lingers on to the finish with a light sweetness that creeps in and is a nice balance with the tartness.
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden hue with a thin white head. The aroma is somewhat fruity - like peaches or nectarines, but quite light. Flavor is initially lightly fruity, more like apricots, than dries out quite nicely. This is a superb (golden ale) ESB - a bit different but quite good.
stchloe (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber color, amber like straw citric taste. Smooth with a hint of hops.
BrewDad (4772) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz Bottle - Bier-One Bottle Shop - Newport, OR
Aroma – Nice malt and light hops aroma.
Appearance – Golden in color, hazy with a light head.
Flavor – A very nice golden ale with some good malt and hops balance.
Palate – Good Mouthfeel, nice texture with a dry finish.
Overall – A great summer heat beer. This was flavorful, crisp and cold perfect for after mowing the lawn.
Ratman197 (9436) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured a hazy gold with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of straw, lemon zest and a hint of pepper. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finiush. Flavors of straw, lemon zest and a hint of pepper with a smooth dry lightly bitter finish.
Reid (1848) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden beer with a small white head.
Peppery, spicy hop aromas, some malts.
Falvour is mostly thick sweet malts , backed by peppery hoppiness, curious long lasting mild bitter ness.
Nice on the palate, quite smooth, almost silky.
Overall a nice Golden ale...i dont think this can be considered an "ESB".
bhensonb (10689) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy, light golden color with a white head. Light citrus hop aroma, backed by some light malt. Thin to medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. Flavor is mild malt with lemon citrus hop, and noble hop. Finish is dry and decently bitter. Leaves a spice tingle in the mouth.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received 12-oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.biz in Portland, Oregon. Pours a semi-clear golden yellow brew with an average sized white head that slowly dissipates to a fine film and ring. Aroma of golden grain malts, a touch of citrus zest, some light fruit and a touch of lemon. Taste is light to medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of golden grain malt, a touch of lemon zest and some grassy hops. Finish has a mild white bread dough aftertaste with some remaining citrus zest that slowly disappears.
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from New Seasons - Poured yellow. Smells a bit like a macrobrew; PBR? Tastes better, though. Nice balance. Good summer beer.