Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet, hoppy aroma with a flavor that lives up to it. A biting, but not too bitter, hop start (which I thoroughly enjoy) and a sweet, mildly grapefruity finish. Rivals Sierra Nevada Pale Ale as the beer that I would want to always have on hand.
Amber1 (32) - USA - MAY 2, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big head, amber hued, huge nose. My favorite from Troegs! I’ll have another.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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.
ravidesai (978) - 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.
Braudog (6284) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2012 Beautiful red color that invited me in. Superb flowery hop. Rolls into the tongue. Smooth finish.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer! Pine/caramel aroma suggests a nice balance between the hops and malts. The flavor backs it up -- nice hoppiness backed by good malts. The beer is copper colored with minimal head.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rocky loose head over rust colored body. Lots of hops in the nose--citrus and pine. The body is light. Fruit-driven malt lasting for a terribly long time, sweeping toward a long, bitter finish. First rate ESB. Fresh, fruity and snappy and terribly appealing. This brewery really impresses me.
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer pours out a rich, amber color with a thick, foamy head that dwindles slowly, leaving a nice lace on the sides of the
glass. The Goldings hop aroma is rich in it's own right. I tasted lots of caramel and other flavors in this exceptional ale.It is a
complex, malty beast that other micros only hope to be. A slight fruit finish tops off this delicious brew. 2 thumbs up on this one.
Try it for yourself.
hopnpop (73) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An awesome pour! Sweet malt aroma. Very nicely balanced flavor, but a little too sweet for my preference. Interesting coffee like aftertaste. Overall pleasant and very high quality but just too sweet for me to crave again.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, clear, red-tea color; significant, creamy khaki head with solid retention and fine-bubbled lacing; a gorgeous pour. Good levels of caramel, mineral and earthy bitterness, and soft tea-like malts in the aroma; crisp with some nice biscuity notes. Medium, crisp mouthfeel: just perfect in the mouth: crisp, zesty bitterness (not anything rough: soft earthiness and mineral-driven hops) coupled to a solid malt core of crackers, tea, and bread; some red fruits and dried caramel at the edges; very beautifully composed beer, and just immensely drinkable stuff; very very impressed by this one. Lengthy finish: crackers, tea-like malts, some red fruits and lingering breadiness; ends crisp and on the dry side.