Capa (3295) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2012
Copper amber with an off-white head. Aroma is slightly sweet malts, herbal, light citrus hops, and some bread. Medium body. Flavor is nice sweet malts, dough, a bit of zesty citrus hops. Light but sharp bitter bite on the back end. Highly enjoyable. improvjock (328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2011
22 oz Bottle. Pours a hazy gold amber with light off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts. Flavor is smooth and mostly malty, with a slight bitterness in the finish. Pretty good. stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 Pint from cask at The Met in NW. Color is a medium to darker amber; quite cloudy. Aroma and taste are very hoppy indeed. A bit too much so for my taste, but a great example of it’s type. hivemind (915) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2011 On tap @ Valhalla w Brandon and Erica. Nice dark red pour with medium white head. Aroma is burnt/toasted malt and a bit of caramel. Palate is mostly hop bitterness and a little sweetness. This is a rich, bitter beer with a medium-heavy mouthfeel. Not bad. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Really not my thing. Bitter metallic finish ruined it for me; the hops seemed very recognizable (spot the Cascades!) and it made for an undistinctive beer with negatives. (on tap at brewpub)
OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Pint at Elysian fields location..good aroma, bitter. Nutty caramel, citric bite. Brownish orange color, ok head, good lace. Bitter flavor.medium body, thick creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish. Pretty darn good. Nice bite in flavor. Aroma opened up nicely as warmed. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the papaya with some biscuit malt and grassy hops mixed in. The flavor is full of hop flavor. I get a lot of juicy orange notes, but the bitterness from the hops is negated by the biscuit and toffee malt. Overall, the bitterness is pretty low. There is also a little bit of grass from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very well balanced ESB. Very nice. BigBeer45 (1532) - Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2011
this beer had a hazy dark red pour with various dark red hues and brown colors at the sides of the glass, the pour made a one finger head of off-white & light tan colored head that receded to a partial cover and small ring, this ale was too dark to see through but I could see bubbles at the sides of the glass, there were spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, I found a thin layer of dark sediment on the bottom of the bottle,
this ale had nice aromas of caramel, chocolate, toasted malt, faint earthy hops in the background with brown sugar sweetness, there was faint fruit in the background (the caramel and chocolate were up front in this drink),
the flavors were malty with toasted malt, chocolate and caramel, there was some hop bitterness to give balance,
the mouth feel was a little less than medium and gave some creaminess on the palate,
this was a nice drink, I enjoyed the aroma and flavor of this drink with the balance of malt and hops, I wish this beer was available in Michigan.
fiulijn (20492) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
Draught at the Alibi Room, VancouverTBone (17529) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2011
Hazy copper color; creamy head. The aroma has some caramel and it’s a bit nutty and dusty. Quite good caramel flavor, nutty, with moderate residual sweetness, and good bitterness level; the hop is quite resiny, but not much fruity.
Draught@Elysian Fields, Seattle
Dark amber color, small steady off-white head, lace. Nutty, woody, a bit hoppy nose. Medium-bodied. Woody, citrusy hoppyness. Some nuttyness, but a bit too hoppy and too little caramel for ESB. Ok APA :)