Tmoney99 (14605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2008
MBG Winter Fest 2008. Poured hazy copper color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with a Double IPA. jcwattsrugger (12433) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2008
@ Michigan Beerfest-on tap-pours a rich off white head and cloudy dark amber color. Aroma is nice pine/oak/some citrus hops (centennial), secondary medium malt-caramel. Taste is nice pungent/pine/oak/citrus hops, balance with rich medium malt-caramel. Quite sessionable, with this being a crossover to a very malty PA. mild carbonation. deyholla (11721) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Poured gold with a slightly orange hue. The aroma had both notes of malts, grainy, and hops, citrus. There was a bit of alcohol on the nose. Flavor was nice with a nice combination of the citrus hops and the grainy malts. The hops were more present and again there was a bit of alcohol burn towards the end. arminjewell (9688) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Pour on tap at the brewery, hazy golden-orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of grapefruit, orange, some bread, hints of a slight grassy note into a bit of spicy hop notes, mostly citrus. Taste had a mix of grass, orange, grapefruit, hints of orange peel, bread, caramel, finishing fairly bitter, dry. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
2008 MBG Winter Fest: Listed as a Double IPA (why is this an ESB?). Golden hued with a long lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and resiny hops, grapefruit and clove esters, a hint of white pepper and biscuity malts. The taste has twangy citric fruit upfront supported by moderate bitterness and pale grains. The finish is a bit minty, leafy, and astringent. The mouth feel is lively and dry, chalky finish. A good brew but nothing spectacular.
muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2007
10 ounce draught mug at the brewpub on June 19, 2007. A creamy, lasting touch of head tops the dark, near-opaque and dusky amber body, lacing well...very fresh, predominantly earthy-piney aroma, citric hops show up asa well, nicely balanced acidic/loamy character.....wonderfully juicy-sweet flavor, light biscuity malts, lots of cherry and bitter orange, earthy with toasty graininess gaining prominence on the back end....beautifully carbonated and expertly judged; a truly fine ESB. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Pretty thick-bodied and not a lot of carbonation. Like many other big grapfruity, citrusy IPAs; in fact the malt bill is dominated by the hops so much that it’s not a bitter anymore, at least to me. Tasty, but over the top. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Draft at brewpub. Pours golden amber with a white head. Nice wet hop aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi soft mouthfeel. Toffee and honeyesque malt character countered by a Centennia hop btterness that seemed be muted. A little too one dimensional, but enjoyable nonetheless mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
Draught. Cascading gradient orange colour with a small creamy white head and plentiful lacing. Smells of orange/grapefruit hops and bready biscuit. Pretty nice amped up IPA body with noticeable alcohol character and lots of citrus hops up front. The caramel and bready flavours follow for the balancing act. Very good.
flatmatt (1585) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Tasted at the brewpub on December 27, 2006.
On tap at the brewpub, advertised at 10% ABV. Pours lightly orange amber with a white head. Mild aroma of citrus hops. Flavor is pleasant citrus hops with a moderate bitterness. A few fruity esters seem to be present at first, but that sensation goes away after the first couple sips. Flavor is about right for a nice IPA and the 10% alcohol isn’t detectable at all, but given the 10% that was listed, I was hoping for some stronger flavors more akin to a double IPA.