thegreenrooster (3154) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a clearish brown with a small whit white. Aroma is a nice caramel malt. Flavor is a very nice earthy British malt with some black bread and toffee. This is a solid ESB and very true to the style.
gregwilsonstl (1023) - Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber. Great flavor. No lacing. Caramel. Decently bitter, pretty malty. Fairly good esb.
wxman (1387) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Civil Life. What a treasure! This is a classic English ESB no different (and better than some) than you’ll find in your favorite country pub in the UK. Pours a clear pale amber with a nice full slightly off white head. Taste is caramel and biscuits and a mellow maple sweatness that is delish. Quality ale to say the least!
seymour (1384) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap at the brewery in a nonic glass on Father’s Day/Bloomsday. It poured a mostly clear copper colour with persistent white foam and lace. Grainy, very biscuity, caramelly, bready, a hint of aromatic toast, with classic earthy and flowery English hops traits, hints of berry and citrus fruit. Absolutely perfect English ale esters, and just the right amount of residual sweetness, medium body and carbonation and well-rounded mouthfeel. Complex bittersweet aftertaste. Another delicious, true-to-style English ale from Civil Life.
Dr_Fellini (352) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a clear deep copper color with a thin light tan head. Aroma is very reminiscent of the Civil Life American Brown, toasted malts with heavy nutty notes. Flavor is nutty sweet up front with a mild bitterness in the back end. Body is pretty light with a mild carbonation and a lasting nutty sweetness. Overall a pretty tasty beer, but not really what I’d call an ESB.
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours reddish brown with a beige head. The aroma has earthy / fruity British yeastiness, lightly toasted malt, caramel, syrup, earthy hops and apples. Medium crisp husky body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with a moderate amount of sweetness, lots of earthiness, light toffee and a hint of berries. The finish has earthy and spicy hops and dries out a bit. Nice ESB.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub, served in a nonic half pint glass. Pours amber with a finger of off-white head that sticks for quite a while. The aroma is definitely malt-forward, and malty throughout, for that matter; lots of cereal, with toasted sugar and grassy hops. The hops show up a little more in the flavor and add some grassy and earthy notes to a solid malty base, with some wood and toasted sugar. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice, easy sipping ESB.