Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Rating this a five based purely on style...a perfect ESB. Great earthy hops,seems of noble variety, floral malt flavor a perfect ESB! gronlampa (5) - USA - APR 14, 2008 does not count
Everything down to the incredible head on this beer seems as if it was scientifically designed by the brewer.
When I drink and AleSmith beer I often think of a small brew pub (no longer with us) from Pittsburgh, PA who’s saying was "we may brew a bad beer, but you will never taste it".
I envision AleSmith dumping every drop of sub standard beer before it would have a chance to hit your mouth. If they are out of supply I don’t question it. Quality comes before profit. Can you tell I like this brewery (and beer)? garethsmith72 (19) - hedge end, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
From 6floz bomber..one of the best American ESBs i have tried. Lovely malty taste and smell. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2002
Rerate: Bumped a bit from 4.5 to 4.6. One of my top beers. Incredibly fresh and balanced. Slightly fruity in the freshest way (watermelon a la Stone Pale), malty, hoppy, earthy, yeasty, but very subtly balanced. Original: 4/17/02: Outstanding in every way. The malt depth in the nose, subtly so, the touch of yeast in the nose, the color, the head. Then, the perfect blend of earthy maltiness with hops just enough to grab you. Ahhh. Find this one, for sure. Beeronthewall.com now (finally, and probably for a limited time) has all Alesmith available. That’s where I got this one and it’s twin, who I will save for a special occasion, it’s that good. chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Bright copper color, sparkling clarity, and good foam retention just like it says. White lacy head subdued malt aroma. What you taste it it has a big malt for and ESB. Much more full malty than a usual ESB. I liked it may be more than a typical ESB Good use of bitter hops. An excellente brewski
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2011
anyone that doesnt appreciate this doesnt understand fine ales. most beer geeks arent trained in ales, only ipa’s and barleywines. this is actually better than fullers esb. eljebi (93) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 22, 2016
Enorme ejemplar en su especie. Una ESB ambarina, de cuerpo sedoso y carácter tostado. Una rica combinación de maltas y lúpulo británicos que nos llevan desde notas dulces y tostadas a pan, frutas maduras, dátiles, pasas hasta un final floral ligeramente amargo que hace genial el trato. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2000
A standard for all ESB’s, nice hop presence, just the right malt sweetness, beautiful beer, a must try. PieTaster (32) - Humpton, California, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Outstanding example of an ESB. Not overpowered with Pacific Northwest hops. One of the finest examples I’ve tried next to Fuller’s. hopscotch (11049) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... The nose is lightly malty, lightly yeasty. Nice hop presence. Not overdone as with many Southern California ales. Smokey, perfumey and floral.
Big, frothy, khaki head with excellent lacing. Mostly lasting. Cloudy dark, gold/amber hue.
Very malty and just an afterthought of sweetness (clover honey) up front. Moderately malty and slightly hoppy on the backside. Nicely balanced. But, quite malty, not sweet, in the end.
Soft carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Lightly pungent and very, very dry finish. Excellent ESB. Malt Heads step forward.