beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2006
On tap at the LI Beer Festival. Pours a medium orange with a decent head. Aroma of caramel and malt. Malt also comes through in the flavor. An almost buttery mouthfeel at the start. The finish is drier and more fruity from the hops. Good stuff. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 3, 2006
Enjoyed this one at the brewery on a very enjoyable tour with brewmaster Dave Hoffman. Dave is a traditionalist, and believes in brewing up authentic beer styles, and stays within those stylistic guidelines. His ESB is a classic example of the style, with a fantastic balance of malt, fruity esters, and hops. This beer is available on draught and in half gallon growlers in markets in NJ, NY, and PA. Climax ESB pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber to chestnut color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic, with lots of good pale, nutty, and biscuity malt aroma, paired with fragrant flowery/grassy hop aromas. The palate is soft, with good pale, sweet, nutty, and biscuit malt flavor, paired with nice touches of juicy, estery, ripe fruit. This beer ends with more good pale and sweet malt, then ends, with a very pleasing, mild hop bitterness that cuts the cloying malt character, and balances this beer to perfection. Balance truly defines this beer, and makes this one of the most impressive Premium bitters I have ever tasted. The ultimate session brew, fresh on draught or in the growler, you could pound this beer with impunity. This beer has such flavor, yet such drinkability. Exceptional domestic example of an English classic. A must if you ever find yourself in a market where Climax beers are sold. jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2006
on tap-pours an offwhite head with copper/orange color. Aroma is malt, caramel, nutty, secondary hops. Taste follows, nice. Good carbonation Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Brewtopia 11-12-05, This was a middle of the road brew. Nothing great, nothing offensive, nothing to remember. bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
This beer was a let down - but then ESB’s are not my favorite. Althought other Climax beers were good . ..
GuilTTy (735) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Mildly hazy deep amber supporting a 2 finger light khaki head and light lacing. Aroma of malt, hay, almonds and hops. Definately a malty beer but not aggressively so. Aside from the center stage of lightly toasted malt were supporting performances by caramel, vanilla, and toasted nuts all at the subtle direction of hops. Very dry and clean finish. Overall, a refreshing ale. AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2005
poured with no head from a growler. kinda flat. I bet if there was some carbonation, this would be a really good beer, because the maltiness is nice, and the hops present but not overpowering. it just looks so much like apple cider. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Since I have been unlucky enough to find this on tap...or is that lucky enough to enjoy some other fine brews at this beer’s expense? Well, this is Climax ESB’s turn. I finally had the cojones to buy a growler, even if it was split in cost with someone else. Smelled good, looked good, although it had an almost anti-head, which I don’t mind since it came from a growler. Props for "keeping it real" and only going for kegs and growlers. I <3 Climax for that. The malt in this was abundant but not overpowering. Hops hung out like check this bitter, yo; without getting all in your face. Nice ESB mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2004
On tap at Andy’s/. Light orange and clear in color with a nice white head. Caramel, nutty aroma. Some hops. Big malty flavor. Not bad. Malty finish. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Tap at Andy’s. Poured light orange, clear with a white head. Had a carmel almost nutty aroma, with a touch of hops. Flavor had a big nutty malty component with some hop bitterness. Malty finish.