Bulk_Carrier (5093) - Essex Junction, Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2017
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was a clear light amber color, thin white cap of a head. Sly lace.
The aroma had some light grassy hop elements. Light lingering toast/biscuits. Sweet butter (not diacetyl).
The flavor leaned towards the malty side but with that British bitter edge to it. Sly biscuit malt aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation. ABV felt fine.
Overall, decent to me, and seemingly decent as an ESB.
maxwelldeux (4373) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught in a flight at the MLT brewpub. Pours a clear light amber color. Nose has some light grassy elements to it, and seems a bit bitter. Taste is only slightly bitter, but has some hints of malty sweetness to it. OK.
luttonm (5724) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Mountlake Terrace brewpub. Darker sweet orange-brown, soapy head. Malty caramel. Medium syrup body, dry bitter. bready yeast. Solid, if a little boring, ESB.
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub, 6.1% ABV
Dark amber color. Light aroma of caramel. Good body strength; quite good caramel flavor, correct bitterness.
Not complex, but fine ESB.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice english style bitter that had a good malt balance and nice mouthfeel although it may have been a little carbonated and not totally my thing.
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear caramel color/ lasting white head; nice lacing. Toasted, spicy caramel aromas with a whiff of pit fruit. Smooth medium body. Spicy sweet toasted caramel, marshmallow, grainy malt flavors--good.
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted malts and their caramelized counterparts are bothered by dusty minerals before bitter hop resins conclude an otherwise drinkable Extra Special Bitter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy dark amber, lacing well.
-That dusty impression, present in all of their brews that day, was akin to hard tap water.
-The flavor profile was a tad too generic to be memorable.
-This remains balanced throughout.
On tap at the Front St. brewpub
bhensonb (14897) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pours ruddy amber with a creamy beige head. Floral aroma over a caramel backdrop. Med body. Nice mild roast caramel backbone with a lot of earthy/flroal hop. Died and gone to England.
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2010-07-01. Crisp golden amber body with a small off-white head and lace. 3+ Flavour is mild, pleasant light bitterness throughout, hints at citrus in the finish but a vegetal hop character spoils the effect. Aroma is mild, grainy malt, brief caramel and mild hops. Average palate, on the light side. Meh. On tap at Diamond Knot, Mukilteo
mabel (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3052-20100701] Tap. Toasted malt aroma has a hint of maple. Clear, orange amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head and some lacing. Toasted bread malt flavour is fairly grainy. Medium body. Good, could stand even more malt.
(@ brewpub, Mukilteo, WA)