JFGrind (1892) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another fine beer from Troegs. A very well balanced ESB. This brewery is up & coming and I hope more people discover their great beers.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In my oppinion, this is the best beer from Troegs. Better than their pale ale. Great taste and aroma. A good balance between hops and malts. From the ratings I’ve seen, it seems like this is one of the most underrated breweries around. This one is right up there with some of the best english ESB’s.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More impressive than their APA. Great use of English hops for an earthy and grassy aroma and flavor. Some caramel malt present in the nose and ample enough malt in the flavor and body. My only complaint is that the malts seemed a bit twangy (I know I said this about Sammy Smith Winter Welcome, but I don’t know how else to describe it). Dry and bitter in the finish. Nice deep caramel color with a smallish head.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - AUG 21, 2001
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great find. the best American ESB i’ve come accross.
A nice dark color with a soft head.
perfect balance between pugent hop flavors and slighly sweet malts.(caramel)
very enjoyable. would make a great session beer.
HighlanderOne (1047) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2001
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found this beer to have a unique clear amber color and I enjoyed its kinda smoky malt flavor.
The hazy head lasted through the beer. Can’t wait for my next
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 4, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad ESB, but slightly hoppy for my tastes. Very nice maltyness and caramel undertones. Slightly dry and roasty. Good once in a while, but not as a regular ESB.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A balanced & smooth ESB - excellent beer!
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2001
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice and drinkable
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
decent beer, but nothing to write home about
PhillyBeer2112 (2596) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I think this is one of the best American ’ESB’s’ I’ve had. Appropriately, it had a full malty palate, with firm English hops giving it the right grassy, resiny flavor. Remember, an ESB should be brewed to a higher gravity and should end up with no shortage of malt flavor. I esp enjoyed their use of caramel malt.