3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
$8 bottle from pub. Slightly cheaper elsewhere. [A] This smells like an Alpha king off the bat. Or most any other 3F brew for that matter. Strong juicy citrus, piny tangerine and other tropical fruity quaffs. Hop perfume. Not sure if that is point-worthy anymore. Caramel. Some slight hints of English malt. [A] Pours clear orangish-yellow. The head on the first 1/2 was truly beautiful. Capped until the bottom of the glass. Off-white frothy foam. Excellent retention. Few soapy bubbles. Bottle art kicks ass. [F] - Mouth hits with a strong dose of hops. Mid-body is caramel. Very light bready malt. Fruity with a bitter linger. Not very much depth. Not very "English" to me, either. [P] Bottle served close to cask temperature. Mouth is very thin & hoppy with tingly carbonation. Drinkable. Soft feel, but sharp bite. Not boozy, but astringent enough that you never forget you’re drinking a beer. Highly drinkable in the long run. Cask does sound delicious. [O] 55 IBUs come off a bit stronger than posted. Good thing? I must say I am a tad disappointed in this for some reason. But blindly, it was a nice 3F brew. Bitter where it should be, I guess. Just more normal than "not normal" for me. For a 1-off bottling with only 48 ratings, this seemed to fly off the shelves. Wouldn’t mind picking one up next year. But if its replaced by another 1-off, I won’t complain.
AirForceHops (3639) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Dan P, thanks bud! Fresh bottle without question here. Hazy amber orange color with lasting head in the pint glass. Aroma is a large amount of citrus and herbal hops on top of a toffee and caramel base. The flavor is just as aggressively hopped as the nose.
Flavor starts bready and toffee malty and transitions into the aggressive hop finish. The bitterness is of medium strength and balanced with the sweet malts. Highly drinkable and very easy for me to session this. If this was more available to me I would buy this as a go-to brew. Could be the best ESB I have ever sampled (mainly because it is an over-hopped American version of the style) well crafted.
berntholer (1095) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ivory white head that disappears with lacing. amber colour. aroma of dill, pickels. taste malt, dille with slight bitter finish. medium body and carbonation. bottle 75 cl
kraddel (3728) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thnx to belgbeergeek
Pours fuzzy orange , big white foam
Smells sweet , hoppy
Taste is bitter , rather hoppy . Sweet , ok
Inbreak (2485) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 23.10.2013, 0,65l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Small creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet fruity, light malts, sugar, grain, dried fruits, butterscotch, almond milk, grass, old leafs. Taste is slightly sweet, light malts, harsh hay, sugar, grain, weeds, almonds, butterscotch. Medium bitterness, slightly dry and harsh mouthfeel. Nice for being a not too fresh bottle.
ClubGonzo (4280) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a hazy deep copper-hued orange body with a massive creamy off-white head. Nose is floral piney tones, biscuits, red fruits, hints of fruity caramel and white sugar. Taste is red fruits, pine, herbs, mellow caramel, hints of biscuits and toffee. Amazing fruitiness and very nice balance, Medium body and carbonation. What a great American-style ESB! Hats of to Three Floyds for this one. :-)
ej (821) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very lively. Pours a orange cloudy body with a gigantic white head. Light caramel and malts on the nose with toffee and light grassy notes. Taste is well balanced with malty caramel, toffee and a light, floral bitterness. Hints of melon and citrus. A superb and highly drinkable ale. Crisp mouthfeel with semi-dry finish.
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber/dunkel, opaltrüb, weisse schaumkrone, wunderbar süsslich fruchtig im aroma, antrunk süss caramelig, sehr gut mit bittere ausgewogen, sehr schön anhaltentender abgang/nachklang, mittlere rezenz
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fitwitchik (367) - USA - OCT 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bomber into a 3F pint glass.
Clear golden brew with a beige head that laces nicely down the glass.
Grassy hop scent. Smelling apricot? a tad of caramel?
Hop first then the malty sweetness. Finish is telling me ESB
slightly above average
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 01-30-2010 - This beer pours a medium sized smooth ivory head with good retention, good amount of lacing, visible carbonation, and a golden hue. The Aroma is malt, caramel, sweet, and citrus hops. The Taste is fruity, citrus hops, malt, and caramel. The Palate of this beer is fairly smooth. Overall, this is a very quaffable beer and worth trying.
ContemplateBeer (1608) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Travlr at Churckey; I cannot recall if it was from their collection. Aroma of toffee/caramel, almonds and moderate resin. Appearance is translucent copper with bone head. Flavor matches the nose; very mellow, and quite nutty. Palate is light, sticky and soft. Very nice.