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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A truly American original, this beer starts out as a straightforward E.S.B. and is then transformed with huge dose of sticky, wet hops fresh from the Yakima Valley. This year I used a blend of Simcoe and Chinook hops at a whopping rate of 4.3 pounds per barrel suspended right in the serving tank so as itís served more of their goodness oozes out! Yes itís true...I LOVE HOPS!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1530) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2015
I was hoping for something brighter and more citrusy from a fresh hop beer, but maybe the style wasnít really in that sweet spot. Still, this was a solid one. Not bad, but maybe my least favorite of the sampler I had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leafs93 (2276) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Pours amber orange with small white head that left great lacing. Aroma is hops all the way through, lots of citrus and floral. Taste is bittersweet with creeping sweetness. Medium bodied, smooth and some stickiness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (6964) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2014
On tap at Cambridge, think this a different beer, menu said double dry hopped with cascade. Pours hazy murky golden with white head. Notes are guava, watermelon juice, pineapple, bitter pine resins especially in the finish. Dank as hell, best hoppy Iíve seen in years from these guys. Juicy, refreshing, and dank are recipes for success in my book.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
callmemickey (4531) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Orange colored body, medium to thin white head, spotty lacing. Toffee, toast, and floral hop notes. Medium bodied, gentle, smooth carbonation, mildly bitter in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 29, 2009
On tap @ Bullfrog. Hazy amber/orange with an off white head that leaves some lacing. Huge citrus aroma with some fruity sweet bubble gum. Sweet malty base with a very well balanced bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry hop finish. This was very good, lots of hop aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (6658) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
On tap, at brewery. Pours a mostly clear copper body with a small off-white head that fell to a wispy film. Awesome citrusy and peachy fresh hop nose with just a little toasty and caramel malt. Very hoppy citrusy flavor but not overly biter, this oneís all up front hops. Toasty light caramel malt base. Nice body for a fresh hop beer, especially for one that has such a background character to the malt. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Pours a slightly cloudy copper/dark amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that coats the glass ith lacing. Nice florl hop aroma with some resinous dank hop oils, citrus peel, grapefruit, slight pine, subtle alcohol and a caramel malt backbone. Chewy resinous mouthfeel with a bitter earthy hop blast up front with some nice floral notes. Very dry with a very chewy, piny presence with some dank hop resin, lemon peel and grapefruit. There is also a nice caramel malt backbone that provides a nice balance to the extremely dry bitter pine hops without taking away from those flavors. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Draft at brewery. Slightly transparent amber-orange, heavy lacing after the thin, fizzy white head goes to a ring. Lost the second half of my notes on this one, but its incredibly bitter with a lot of fresh hop, reminiscent of the first notes in Pliny without the balance of crisp malt or refined palate that adds weight. Still quite good, but I remember it being a little one-sided, especially in the hop-heavy flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pure dank sticky resins in the nose. A little muted by the cold temp, but throwing off a crisp lemon citrus and pine. Definitely leaning floral and citrus-like, in terms of hop character. The Simcoe are immediately revealed. Pours a translucent clearish dark copper, with a crisp, off-white head. Flavor grows in complexity. Tart, crisp bitterness plays off classic british malts and some slightly more verbose english yeasts. The hop character ratchets up a few notches, leaving a really palatable dry bitterness after a storm of lemon, yew, and grassy hop punch. Nice balance between the maltís residual sugars and the dryness of the beer. Exquisite hop work, faithful to ESB, save for the American style hops, and in the end, one of the better American interpretations of ESB Iíve ever savored. Delectable.

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