allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2006
On tap as the "hpuse" ESB at the Liar’s Club in SAn Diego. A fine ESB, but I preferred their Red ale brewed for the bar. Zeswaft (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2006
I’ve never really had an ESB before and I’ll assume that this is a one of the best of the style. However, I’m not that impressed. It’s all well blended together but it has a stale bitterness that takes me nowhere. asheft (3108) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
Clean rich amber with a clingy, white, thin cover. Aroma is entirely American hops and nothing else (okay...maybe a touch of caramel malt). Interesting malt character in the taste: biscuity 2-row with some very light crystal. This is nicely complimented by light hops flavour and moderate bitterness; spicy, medium sweetness. Medium to light body with medium carbonation and a clean finish. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - DEC 30, 2005
Tap @ Alesmith. Smells more malty than other ESBs, with some hints of citrus and sugar. Tastes maltier than expected with a little bit of hoppy bite, but overall very balanced. Smooth, yet satisfying. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Sweet malt aroma with a hint of strong alcohol and some saffron notes. Beautiful amber body with lots of very small particalia. Small, off-white head and not much lace. Flavor is like a lo of malty ambers I’ve had. Not very ESBish at all. Doesn’t remind me of Fullers or Redhook’s ESBs at all. Not much bitterness at all. Not bad, just a little thin and undistinguished. Very uninspired.
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle from Whole Foods, San Diego - shared with Ralph, HogTownHarry, blankboy, DougShoemaker & mds. Slightly hazy golden colour with a small head. Aroma of orangey hops, tea, caramel malt and buckwheat honey. Flavour follows the aroma very closely. A solid, balanced, flavourful ale - would definately be a favourite session ale if it was available up here. blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, Ralph, DougShoemaker & mds -- courtesy of GregClow. Pours a hazy dark orangey-brown with a small white head. Beautiful but subtle aroma of earthy hops with just enough caramel malt to balance it out. Flavour is also a perfect balance of sweet malt and fruity hops -- it’s really tasty and goes down so easy. Medium bodied. As good an ESB as I’ve had and a perfect session beer. jercraigs (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2012 2012-11-23. Crisp dark amber, nice creamy beige head and lace. 3+ Lightly dry malt aroma, caramel and biscuity touches. 7+ Flavor is similar, nice malt profile has sort of an English quality to it, very lightly bitter, well balanced. 7+ Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate. Soft carbonation. 3+ Pretty decent. 7/4/7/4/16 Bottle from Consumers Beverage, Niagara FallsGorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
2005-12-XX Orange tinged amber body with a small white head. Mild earthy hops, touch of caramel in a muted but pleasant aroma. Very mild bitterness, and caramel with a mild fruity earthy character to it. Flavour is pleasant but delicately slight. Light but appropriate palate. A nice treat Enjoyed this less than I probably would knocking back a few pints of it at a bar. 6/3/7/3/14 Bottle shared by HogTownHarry.
Bottle graciously given to me by Hogtown Harry (what a guy!) to share with Jerc. Light hazy brown with a small white head. Nice strong earthy hop aroma - sweet and fruity. Nice ESB taste - a balance between sweetness, fruit, and hops - wonderful. Medium body. I call session! This is as good of an interpretation of this style in North America that I have found. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2005
@ Alesmith: Hazy copper color. Malty aroma with notes of toffee and nuts. Malty caramel flavor has a light bitterness to the finish. Nice session beer.