bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ FFF’s Anny Party...pours a cloudy yellow-gold color with a massive white head. This has the most intense amount of lemon zest in the nose, some light malts present, contributing a cracker-like quality in the background. Some other citrus components noted as well...nice body, perfectly carbonated. Flavors are strong on the citrus front...enough of a malt backbone to balance it out a bit. I truly wish they would bottle this one. Cheers!!
Beerman6686 (4596) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a medium amber color with a beige head. Aroma was of citrusy hops, some caramel and biscut too. Flavor was mainly malty, but definitely more than you average balance of hops as expected from 3 floyds. ok but nothing special.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half-pint poured at the source... Pours a hazy apricot orangey hue and topped with a creamy white head tha quickly fades to a thin film... Oranges, tangerine, and a modicum of dankness. Some biscuity caramels on the backend but this is very much hop focused... Flavors don’t dEviate all that much. More tangerines upfront, juiciness all around and semi-sweet in nature. Expecting a little more bitterness which was held mostly in check. Lighter side of medium bodied. Easy drinking and enjoyed the juicy citrus fruits that were emphasized. Couldve used a touch mire bitterness and less sweetness.
Hair6a11 (1373) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at XV: My first brew of the day; Pour is murky dark gold with a modest head in this plastic cup. The nose is biscuits, orange peel - while the flavor profile comes through with a heavier but typical hop profile, caramel, toasty malts, and a lingering annoying smog , hence the name. I would liken it more to tires, really. Anyway - wasn’t a big fan.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 Draft on tap at FFF XV Party (Munster, IN). Pours a darker amber copper pour, decent haze wuth good lacing ring head. Aromas are citrusy lemons and oranges mixing with toast and toffee, touches of biscuits. Initial is biscuits and toasty, touches of dry lemon, grass and florals. Some gentle yeast. An inviting ESB with a strong hop presence. Touches of actual roast work into the fold, good dry hops. Essential biscuity and toasty presence. Finish shows some good hops, dry, but some elements of roast, toast. Finish is toasty, dry, and fairly hoppy.
Rerate: Brewpub 11/29. Well hazed amber orange, good beautiful cakey offwhite head. Aromas are vibrant. Well hopped, a touch of spicy bread yeast moves into sweeter toffee and biscuits, gentle toast, dry oranges, decent bitterness moves into the malt body. A touch buttery. More oranges, gentle spice. Finish is a bit sweet with lingering oranges. Ok. Took it down one notch.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft... a bit of an ugly beer, murky dark honey gold, nice head... the aroma is bursting with hops, tons of fresh orange peel is quite unique... doesn’t taste much like an esb, very dry, more oranges... unique take worth trying
rhsiung (808) - USA - NOV 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
it couldn’t compete with everything else that was on tap at the xv anniversary party!
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is potent citrus hops, lots of grapefruit notes, a healthy dose of pine, resin, also toasty malts. Pours a hazy orange / golden color with one finger of white head with decent retention. Flavor is fairly bitter, lots of grapefruit and orange, pine as well, moderately malty - biscuit and bread crust, finish is on the bitter side. Medium body and carbonation. Very tasty.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange with 1 finger of perfect foam and great retention. Aroma is very herbal and woody (Sorachi Ace perhaps?), very candy-like with almost a purple grape-y note akin to a Struise beer. Taste is very herbal, lemon, berries, thyme, rosemary, and sweet caramel candy dominate. Body is medium, creamy, average carbonation, dry bittersweet finish. Overall, this is very interesting and totally different from anything I’ve ever had before.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewpub. Not sure what a Hessian ESB is stylewise, nor did bartender, but the beer won me over. Bready, citrusy aroma with a moderate head and cloudy tan/orange tone. Great looking beer. First sip presents with an earth citrus tone with slight tangerine sweetness. Not overly bitter on the back but bitterness present. The beers abv is not obvious with it drinking more like a session beer. Areally solid and pleasant offering.