Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 24, 2017 ChrisBeest (43) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent bitter, really can never say anything bad about beers from Deschutes
From May 2007
Purchased at Poplar Wine and Spirits in Casper.
This pours from 12oz bottle(best by 04-06-07) a clear amber with a good head of foam that shrinks fairly slowly to a fin layer and it has some good lacing.
The smell has a nice hoppy nose with notes of caramel and biscuit.
The taste has big notes of floral hops up front with biscuit and caramel malt following in the background. That's a pretty bitter start to this session but it all balances out nicely with the ample malt presence.
Further sips in and I'm getting some grapefruit mixed in with the floral hops and it kind of makes my mouth pucker a little but the malt *never* lets the hops get out of hand and *that's* working for me because it makes me want to take more sips and that's always a good thing. ;^)
The finish is very dry and the mouthfeel, for me, is spot on for the style. This is a very good ESB and I'm glad that it's back in town after being absent for many years. I'm just hoping that I can get some fresher samples so I can compare and perhaps update this review. john44 (3400) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Bottle. Copper-Orange in colour. Malty; sweet toasted malts, toffee, caramel. Hoppy; floral and spicy hops. Fruity; citrus-orange. Nice malt/hop balance. Sweet malty throughout leading a dry bitter hoppy finish. Tasty. Very drinkable. (2009-08)
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 19, 2016
nice sticky head.. good lacing... hazy amber brews.
grassy floral hops are very well balanced with fruity yeasty notes and lite toffee and toasted malts.
Flavor is very similar to the aroma.. but slightly lending itself more toward the hops... more toasted/biscuit malts.. earthy hop flavor... good bitterness and ultimately very well balanced. medium body with just enough low carbonation to keep things interesting... very drinkable. Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 12, 2015
Brigh amber beer with a lasting white head. Aroma is roasted caramel and malt. Flavor is sweet malt with caramel. Low carbonation and average body. slowrunner77 (12824) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
"along with anderson valley and goose island, one of the better ESBs out there. pretty close to the traitional style, but with a little more fresh smelling hop complexity going on."
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy orange to glossed over brown color. Bar pour yielded barely a head. Barely any lacing was around the glass.
The smell had a toasted caramel nuttiness over and underneath.
The taste was somewhat sweet nutty maltiness. There’s a dry sweet roasted nutty aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a slight sessionability about it. The carbonation finishes slightly smooth.
Overall, good ESB. Too bad, it’s been retired. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Best by: 05JUL11
A: Pours a toasted caramel ale with a single finger of yellow soapy head which falls in a few minutes to a broken sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Rings of lace.
S: Creamy and sweet with good earthy bitterness. Slightest hint of oxidation (but this is expired, so I can’t dock for that).
T: Extra bitter, and earthy. Definitely english in nature, with earthy and soily hops and the yeast is bready.
M: This is medium bodied, but lacks a certain ’bounce’ I feel with most ESB’s. Carb is low end of moderate.
O: Good, but not great. Pretty decent. And likely a bit of Homer in my grading as Deschutes is one of my favorites.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2011 madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2012
9th November 2009Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
Hazy amber beer. Semi soft palate but with a carbonated sting. Lightly creamy malt. Blooming sharp bitter marmaladey hops. The bitterness lasts well in to the aftertaste.
Thank you Fran! Nice looking brew, dark honey brown good cap. Nice west coast hop aroma, some soap. Taste has a massive bitter. I like this brew. Fruity body with a soapy bitter finish. Pine, leather, other stuff. Did i mention this is making me salivate. This is more like an IPA then a English ESB but even though it crosses styles I’m digging it. not sure hoe to score it........my marks might be a touch high. keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2011
I like this one better than their pale ale--more hops but not enough to make it a bitter. Tastes more like a pale ale.