Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy copper/amber, dense offwhite head and good lace. Some floaties. Aroma of floral hops, some citrus, esters, and even a wee bit of pine as it warms. Toffeelike malt, nice solid hop flavor much like the aroma, with a nice bitter finish. Very slightly yeasty. Becomes more complex as it warms, props to the Philly Adams Mark hotel bar for not freezing their glasses. Hell, props to them for stocking a local micro, unlike most hotel bars. Quite pleasing.
Radek Kliber (6675) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
White head , amber , aromatic . Some hoppiness , fresh and drinkable .White head , amber , aromatic . Some hoppiness, fresh and drinkable.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper colour, white head. nice hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit. full bidied mouthfeel. good citrus hoppiness with a bit of malt and smoke. nice.
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish amber appearance with a fast fading head, Yeast and malt in the aroma. Nicely balanced hop flavor. Very smooth with a mild bite in the finish.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extra good hops aroma, orange, with a small creamy head. Hoppy bite, followed by a nice touch of malt. Full bodied, and a drying finish. A bold rendition.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber-copper. Light tan head. Fresh grapefruit & pine needles on the nose. Resiny feel. Nice lemony, piny, grapefruity flavour w/ good malt background.
koatis (50) - Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy and spicy-sweet aroma. The flavour is a nice blend of chocolaty malt and bitter hops. Finishes dry and leaves your tongue with a decent tingle of hops.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One extra special ale, indeed. Poured a hazy cider color, creamy tan head. Aroma of heavy hops and malts, spicy in the hop aroma. Flavor is of caramel malts, medium hops, and fruit esters. A little acidic. Very nice finish. Dry and a biy of bitterness. Very good.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2003 Very nice first impression of this ESA?.Nice twist on the style(ESB).Pours out dARK YET TRANCEPARENT IN GOOD LIGHT.Pretty decent lacing throughout.Reminds of a hemp seed brew? I like this alot. Balance is here if you like bitter beers like Ipa's & what not.Great beer Yards!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
More of an IPA than a Bitter, due to its fairly complex hoppy flavor. A little spice, to boot. OK.