thouse (53) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2013
earthy, yet fruity. Going to be my go to ESB. Nice balance of malts and hops. Elnaer (11) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2015
I honestly have limited experience with ESB’s. They are relatively new to me. That being said, this is a tasty beer (isn’t that the real goal here). It’s not bitter like an IPA...instead it’s a little sour with a touch of fruity bitter, like an orange peel or to a lesser extent, a lime. It’s very tasty and a nice change of pace for someone who prefers Stouts and Porters...for whatever that’s worth. Cheers! Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2013
Bottle. Rich caramel color with a good size off-white head. Lots of caramel in the aroma along with some slightly sour malt. Caramel, vanilla and some malt and grain flavors. Really smooth body. This one was a nice surprise. milewide (2250) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Cloudy amber color with excellent small bubble head. Flavor was malty, with lots of English hops focused on flavor and not just bitterness. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of grass notes with some light grain and just a hint of pine coming through. Flavor has bitter pine up front that mellows in to a grass and light grain finish.
ColovianTrader (464) - - APR 19, 2013
Lots of bread in aroma and taste. Wheat toast and caramel with good amounts of brown sugar, spice and citrus peel. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Zippy carbonation, good fruity esters, mild english hops, ttally not to style imo but a really nice beer. paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Pours a massive pillowy head that lasts a long time. Really well balanced with fruity esters, sweet malt, and earthy hops. Excellent session beer. Holtguy (178) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2013
I bought this one for 2 reasons: 1. It was $3.50 cheaper for 6 than Fullers ESB ($9.99 vs. $13.49). Could Fullers really be 35% better?
2. The packaging of this beer was very appealing. A nice red with good complementary colors. Their marketing tactic worked.
So, the beer looked the part - deep, cloudy amber with a creamy off-white head. Aroma was nondescript to me. Flavor, well, I’d say it was about 40% worse than Fullers. It was pretty good, sweet and malty up front with a little bitterness and citrus to round it out. But it wasn’t quite right. Good, not perfect. Not sure i would buy again given all the choices out there, but I wouldn’t turn one down either. drfabulous (7945) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Big orange pour. Malt and caramel. Slight sweetness. Well balanced hops. Slight fruit. Pretty nice.