michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Draught: Difficult to smell because of cigarette smoke in the bar. Smelled of caramel malts and floral hops. Poured amber in color with a small, rocky, white head that lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Very hazy. Light to medium bitter flavor. Tastes of caramel malts, floral hops, blueberry, strawberry, and chocolate malts. Light to medium body. Thin, watery texture. Average carbonation Bitter, salty, malt finish. taeagan (9) - USA - MAY 2, 2007 does not count
Just about a perfect beer. Wonderful biscuity malt aroma with a slight hint of fruity esters. Perfect body, mouthfeel, and palate cleansing bitterness for the style. Definitely deserves its place in Michael Jackson’s list of the top 500 in the world! freekyp (2257) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Crystal clear amber with a tart fruity aroma blessed with a slap of toffee malt. Head was weak due to growler packaging. Very balanced with a light toasty malt character and a nice rise in hop bitterness near the swallow. Lightly bitter lingering aftertaste leaves the tongue wanting more. Nice nutty earthiness. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2007
pint at Barcade. Clear amber in color. The aroma of this beer was predominately sweet caramel and grains, didn’t get much of any hop character at all in the aroma. Taste is sweet malts, caramel, maybe some dry munich, overall alot of malt and some light fruits and not much hop presence, which I would have expected in an ESB. Slightly cloying, and very difficult for me to drink a full pint, I quit after 2/3 of the glass. beerbomb (228) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Pours from growler with almost no head. Aroma is very sweet almost honey-like with some sort of strange fruity notes almost like pear and apple-not the usual fruitiness i associate with good ESBs. Flavor is also strangely fruity and yeasty with some sweet malts and slight hop bitterness resulting in a pleasant palate and savory aftertaste. Overall, Climax products are overpriced in my opinion and this is no exception. Still, it is an interesting brew.
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Growler. Small head. Aroma is very present with lots of fruitiness and slight underlying malty biscuity aroma. Very sweet and nice indeed. Taste is a bit of a disappointment. A bit watery with the faint fruitness. Lacks the maltiness i enjoy in this style. But a clean, easy drinking ESB. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2006
From growler. Orange/copper.amber, with a white head. Subdued aromas of malt, hops, and fruit. Flavors are malt, fruit, hops, and a bit of honey. Not too bitter or too sweet. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Draft. Decent aroma with a huge head that stayed. Decently balanced taste with a slight sweetness to it. Not as bitter as I had hoped. ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Draught pint at Redbones on 8/8/06.WhiteAlePower (92) - Long Island, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Copper-amber colored, somewhat on the lighter side of things, with light cherry red hints and a small, neat, off-white head that recedes eventually to ring. Medium-high to high clarity.
Very little aroma to be had, and I don’t blame Redbones, because their lines are immaculate and the bar was empty at this time. Some very slight wafts of fruits, honey malts, touches of dough and some soggy, soily, grass-like hoppiness. I suppose ESBs don’t have to have a striking, clear nose of hops and vibrant yeast, but this one just seemed dull and vaguely fruity, with some sugars behind that.
Flavor was certainly not dull, however. Large malt presence, nutty-sweet, light sugars and light caramel malts all arranged in harmony. But there dosent seem to be enough balance here. It seems the attenuation level and lack of hop balance just serves to fatigue the palate after a while. Yeast dosent seem all that fun, either. Well-malted, supportive body, but I can’t find much else to say about it. Low carbonation, no alcohol present. Somewhat of a mineral character.
This was the 3rd beer I had at the LI Beer Fest, not bad all, but I can’t recall specs. Had a nice light amber colour, and a semi hoppy - sweet aroma.