pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
On tap at ravenous pig... Pours a hazy soft caramel hued elixir with medium transparency. And topped with a thin to medium soapy light beige head... Toasty caramel and soft grains, lightly fruity and finishes with a fair amount of grassy earthy hops... Flavors are more of the same with more abundance on the fruity tones alongside an earthy bitterness that comes firth quickly thereafterwards. Soft caramel and grains play a lesser role but not completely absent. Shy if medium bodied with semi-lively carbination. blipp (9691) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Draft. Pours orange with an off white head. Floral hoppy aroma with toasty and light toffee malts. The flavor has earthy and flowery hops, toffee, and toasted bread. Good stuff. mzaar (3642) - Varberg, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
15 cl test på Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Florida. Äppelciderdofter stiger mot näsan tillsammans med en viss brödighet. Smaken är bitter, men inte överdriven på något vis. Framför allt karamell genomsyrar smaken. NordicV (2501) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
Bärnstensfärgad öl med lätt vitt skum. Doft med hö och viss citrus. Bra balans i smaken mellan maltsötma och beska. Skiljer sig en del från de engelska ESB jag druckit. jredmond (8626) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2012
There’s a palace a fallin’, there’s a smoke in the sky. There’s a boy running downhill to the lowlands tonight; and he’s catching the train to where he’s heard you have been. He’s a fool now among us, a dreamer within...
kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Deep orange from the tap with an off white head. Caramel aroma accompanies a thin body. Distinct green fruit flavor. Leaves an odd bitterness in the finish. fluffy (2461) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2011
i must be drinking the wrong kind of ESBs because this one tasted off balanced and funky to me. aroma was ok, bready and mildly hoppy. but the flavor was a too hop forward, the grains and cereal notes tasted musty and overtly earthy, palate was sour, not in a good way either. bad keg maybe? probably not something i would try again. dwm1034 (785) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4 oz sampler / pour at Cigar City tasting room....this is one excellent session beer....balance of hops and malt...one of the best of my 8 beer sampler session.... otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Appearance: touch of chill haze gives a glow to aged copper and peach skin hues. Off-white head fades fast, leaving a bubbly collar and broken foam in its wake.
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Nose: apricots, apple sauce, apple turnover cake. Flambéed peaches and honey. Nutmeg first followed by cinnamon sticks. Apple skins and whole grain bread crust.
Palate: clean and to the point. Sweet and mildly chewy up front with peaches and apple flesh followed by the skins for a touch of refreshing bitterness. Nutmeg and cinnamon linger in the breath. Sun-dried golden raisins in the middle. Dryness of straw and hay underneath. Apple seeds. Gentle caramel and honeycomb sweetness – subtle.
Final Thoughts: another sessionable quaffable flavorful addition to my tasting repertoire from the inspirational genius that is Cigar City Brewing. While bold and beautiful is a steady mantra, so too is subtle and sophisticated. Bravo! England would be proud.
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011 Fuck me this is amazing. Appley and crisp, amazing malt bill. This is the best esb ever