rumproasts (5341) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
bottle. deep copper with small head. smooth malty base with a little bit of nuttiness. mild hops in the finish with very light bitterness. onceblind (9404) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Clear brilliant copperish amber under a foamy light beige head. The aroma is sweet and nutty with a touch of maple and vanilla yogurt. The taste is a bit medium bodied with a dry metallic-ish finish, but throughout there is a bit of earthy toast and dry biscuity toffee. Bit of a letdown. asedzie (824) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours beautifully - deep maroon brown with khaki head. Nose is one of the nicest American ESBs I’ve head from a major brewer - subtle but several layers of floral hops perceptible against a pleasing and dominant bready malt. Flavor profile that follows is similar but has deep roasty notes and is stacked just a bit towards resiny and floral hops near the end. My favorite regular seasonal from Alaskan and I have to say that most of their beers are exceptional if not wild enough to fetch top ratings.. foyle (421) - Wyoming, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.
Appearance: pours a 1" frothy cream colored head which recedes with plenty of lacing. Dark amber color and lots of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: very pleasant aroma of spicy hops, toffee, cinnamon, some fruit, and a malty backbone.
Mouthfeel: fairly light and prickly mouthfeel, somewhat sticky on the palate.
Flavor: pine and citrus hops, raisin, toffee, whole wheat bread.
Overall: a very delicious smelling and tasting beer. Interesting American version of the classic English style. Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
Not so bitter, very drinkable and easy to enjoy with some nice food at a cabin during a snow storm. NIce colour and aroma.
Oscbert (1296) - Lincoln, California, USA - MAR 13, 2014
~Toasty bready malt aroma with strong floral and earthy hops. Very pleasant and well balanced aroma.
~Pours a clear copper color with small wispy off white head.
~Bready malt with a slight sweetness followed up with a burst of floral earthy hops.
~Medium bodied with medium high CO2, lingering bitterness and a bite that only ale yeast can provide.
~ Really enjoying this one. Have had several at different times of the day and after different meals. Is good any time. Good all around brew to have on hand. BeerKurve (520) - - MAR 11, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 Fairly clear amber color with a thin head and moderate carbonation. Aroma of floral hops, toffee, pale & munich malts and yeasts. Flavors of floral hops, bitter hops, yeasts, munich malts and light toffeeness. Floral Hop and light malty aftertaste. Tastes almost like an English Pale Ale. Light body and mild-moderate carbonation. Tastes great! dlihcsnatas (738) - Temple, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Amber brew with a sweet aroma with some hints of floral hops. Taste is mostly a toasted bread with slight caramel. The hops don’t really do much to improve upon that. When held on the toungue a bit there is an off metalic taste. Best to just drink it down. Overall a decent brew but not something I would want to call ESB. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Deep red-tinted amber color. Over-adequate bubbling holds a tall beige head. This foamy lace. Hoppy English malt aroma with dark toasted biscuit. Flavor starts sweet and rolls into perfectly balanced beer taste with the hops finishing up o.ly slightly bitter. Very good ESB. Other.than the alcohol content is too high at 5% I’m very impressed. fiulijn (20411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Draught at Alaska Lodge (Sea-Tac Airport)
Dark amber color with compact head. Smell of cleaning products (the glass?) and some nice caramel. Strong caramel flavor with a mild animal component. Strong bitterness. Not really an ESB, more an American thing; not bad.