vulcanmeister (222) - 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.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lightly fruity hop aroma citrus, orange, and some softer apricot maybe. Light sweetness. Pours hazy golden yellow. Light malty sweetness up front and a soft fruity bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink, not interesting. Nothing really wrong with it either.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy soft yellow, small white head. Little honeydew, little sawdusty aroma. Very ’golden’. Some grapefruit and black pepper, like a breakfast gone wrong. Maybe Brits would like this, but I want my bitters to have some bite. Where’s the hops? I can see the commercials now. Earthy base throughout.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 Bottle - Pours murky paly gold with a small white head...aorma is sweet grain and citrus...flavour is crisp, lemon rind, hop bitters, weak grain and a bit of tropical fruits...not exactly sure what it is style-wise, but passable...
stchloe (896) - 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.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light gold color with a thin head covering. Aroma is cider-y with some faint bitter hops and some spiced alcohol. Taste is a letdown, sort of a flat, cider bitter.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Market of Choice. Pours out a clear, light yellow with almost no head. Aroma is light citrus and some grainy notes. Flavor has citrus, pepper, grain. A little bitter but not much, more in the British way of calling a beer "bitter". Thin mouth, fairly refreshing.
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head, and good lacing.
smell of some citrus, some grain, and some wheat.
taste is nutty, some citrus, some pepper, and some caramel, ends oily with just a tad bit of bitterness.
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.
DarkElf (3050) - 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.