Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber pour with a tight medium head.
aroma is cherry, woody, tobacco, sweet malts
Flavour was peppery spice, woody hop, nice toffee malt sweetness and a light bitterness to the finish.
Overall very nice.
deyholla (9912) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap the the brewpub. Poured a clear amber orange with an off-white head that dissipated to the edges and laced slightly. Aroma consisted of notes of caramel and sweet grain with a slight biscuit and undertone of light pine. Flavor started with biscuit and caramel and had a bit of pine coming out in the finish.
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Dark orange pour, medium carbonation and a nice malty aroma. Flavor was also plenty of malt, good meld of subtle hops and a nice and very herbal bitter aftertaste. Well done!
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Broken Paddle ESB. Tap at the brewery. Light copper pour with a white head that paints the glass. Acidic nose with British hop characteristics. Taste is dominated by the English hops but there is some sweetness that lingers. Med Palate.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours red with thin white head. aroma is full of caramel and biscuity malt with some grassy hops. Taste up front is a bit lemony, grassy, earthy leading into some caramel and biscuit/bread malt with a fairly dry and bitter finish. Average ESB, nice and drinkable.
kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is copper with very little white head. Aroma is caramel malts and also with some fruity hops. Flavor is caramel malts, some toasted barley and bitter nuts. Nice bitter finish but not quite as easy to down. Good brew tho.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at Town Hall, a darker colored amber brown with a smallish head. Aroma of sweet malt and some hops. The flavor is really not much different from that of the West Bank Pub Ale. This really did not do it for me as an ESB since it did not have enough of the orange marmalade notes I expect in an ESB. The palate is a bit rough and over active. Overall, I was much better off with the Cask IPA today!
piscator34 (2298) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ the brewpub. Copper in colour with low carbonation. Pear and red apple esters on the nose, along with notes of floral UK hops, and a bit of toffee. Hops are upfront in the mouth, but take on new characteristics of earth and wood along with the floral element. Caramel malts and a bit of a toasted bread note provide some balance to this fairly bitter ESB. There’s a mild booze note too. Pretty good overall.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color very similar to the Lightning storm I just tried. bitter hop nose with nutty caramel cutting through - the description did not disappoint. Refreshing bitter nut caramel body.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
the beer is a clear copper color, topped by an inch or so of dense but smooth and creamy tan foam. Good head retention, fantastic lacing - thick like paint on the sides of the glass from start to finish. Mildly hoppy with some sweetish malt in the aroma - I think the thick head of foam may inhibit the aroma somewhat. I tried a second pint (and a third), got the same results...
Nice tasting beer, starting out with a mild caramel malt and a floral hoppiness that was more bitter than I usually find with floral hopping. A drier toasted biscuit malt came out in the finish, I really enjoyed that.
Medium bodied, fully but not exceptionally carbonated, and oh so smoooth.