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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our first ever and most beloved brew, ESA helped establish a following for cask-conditioned beer in the United States back in the ‘90s. East Kent Golding hops give this English style ale a subtle spiciness, which compliments its strong malt backbone. Hints of chocolate and caramel round out this deep chestnut colored ale. Floral, earthy, smooth.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Muddy iced tea with heaps of dregs. Thick foamy tan head blotched with cocoa. Rushing carbonation. Aroma of grapes, bubblegum, tart and sweet barnyard qualities. Initially strange. Momentary hint of barnyard, acidic body, lively and bubbly. Dry with hints of fruit skins and bubblegum. Light body, airy. Spicy edge, peppery almost. Hoppy bite appears as it sits. Mixes with a light malt base. This is one wacky brew. Lingering yeast flavor, farmy and tart. Finishes savory, still fruity with a restrained hop flavor and bitterness. Do I like it?

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 31, 2002
Hazy deep orange color, bottle conditioned but yeast not swirled and poured for a change. Lively carbonation, normal head (off-white). Aroma is a bit faint, but has some Goldings. Flavor profile has some slightly sweet caramel, bready malt and a hint of green apple blending with hop spices. Finish sees some nice hop bitterness and a tad of apricot, and the palate is very effervescent and bubbly. Largely dry. Very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2002
Deep copper with orange tints. Solid cream colored head. Distinct malt & hop aroma, but not real specific. The yeast character is prominent: lightly fruity, some vanilla, perfumy, quite unique. Fruity malt upfront, thin bodied, almost Belgian in a way with some earthiness. Some hop flavor mid-swallow leading into a bitterness that coats the back of the mouth and throat - very solid. Long lasting malt finish that just lays in your mouth. Not nearly as malty or complex as it used to be. Very English except for the strength. A good pint.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2127) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Reddish-amber color, very nice lacy head, well carbonated, sweet malty aroma, nice balance, great mouthfeel, lots of floaters in this bottle-conditioned brew, a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste as well as some sweet malty flavors, good bitter brew

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1517) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2002
amber color, mildly hoppy aroma. not as bitter as some of the better ones but still pretty good, tasted notes of fig (i think)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2002
This beeer rocks. Heavily hopped with tons of protein and vitamin rich yeast floating around. Skip taking your multi-vitamin and forget about the burger... drink a few of these instead.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Brownish to auburn in color with a thin but ever present tan head. Nice malt profile with flavors of chocolate and dates(?). However the bitterness is the star of this show from start to finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2002
The beer pours a deep cloudy orange, the head is beige, the lace is adequate. Nose is malt, slightly citrus, and a bit sweet. The front begins malt sweet, the top is light, the finish is mildly acidic, nicely hopped and a very drinkable beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2002
A little hoppier than I expected. Flavor OK. If you’re a hophead, its probably worth trying.

2.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JFGrind (1918) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2002
Bronxe color, creamy head. High alcohol content is hidden by the hops.


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