reebtogi (4489) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle pours a brownish color with a finger of off-white head which leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is some dark fruits with some citrus and earthy hops. Taste is a fruity and caramel malty sweetness with a citrusy and earthy hop bitterness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. A decent ESB which is easy to drink and highly recommended.
worldbeertaste (1704) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Copper orange colour with a white large bubble horrible soapy lasting head. I’m sure the pasturisation is not going to be nice here. Smells of toasted malt, caramel malt and a skunky chamical cardboard staleness from the pasturisation. Medium biscuit oily body. Sweet caramel start with a soft bitter hop dry finish. Very common and average. Some honey sweetness on the aftertaste.
redpooba (401) - New York, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The label may change but the beer is always a good one. The golden hops come through without overwhelming you like an IPA, and the depth of the beer has more to offer than a simpleton.
Grzesiek79 (3346) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
cooked vegetables, barnyard, spruce, cereal, orange, cloudy, frothy, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, full body, thin feel, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter,
jredmond (5817) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Three Kings in London. Noticeable notes of fruity malts, and some bitter hops to balance the body out. Seeing at this was a struggle to finish, I can’t see myself ever trying it again. Plus, 5% = strong? I dont think so, but it did taste stronger.
kwik-lime (1418) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly light character, malty with hints of spice and caramel, fairly sweet. Nice enough.
rubbishystuff (1909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2015 Used to have quite a bit of this at Gingers Ale house. Nice English ESB and nicely balanced. Serving: Bottle and tap
jtclockwork (9869) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber, almost copper in the glass. Nose and taste of malts, toasted malts, caramel and some hop bitterness. Rated 7/20/2000
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ram Rod Ale--ESB--16.9 oz. Bottle.
1997-1999 Release. 5.5% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear copper color. Malty aroma with hop accents. Smooth crisp malty body with toasted flavor minimal sweetness and light texture. Fruit character develops towards end along with smooth hop spice. Sampled 5/25/1999.
2001 Release. 5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear thin copper red color. Light hop toasted doughy front. Rich thin London pale ale malt ESB like body. Light toasted earthy caramel doughy fruit notes. Dry mild hop end. Light white lace. Crisp. Sampled 6/22/2001.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Old bottle, best before August 2001, presumably from the Silk Shropshire Stash. Darkish amber colour. Nothing but cardboard in the aroma. Less cardboard but more tin in the flavour. Well past it. Not entirely undrinkable. Wouldn’t expect this to be a beer for aging and it wasn’t. Although I now see I rated it higher at this age than Mes did when fresh. Flagged for re-rate anyway.