seanbhudson (57) - , California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
APPEARANCE: Pours a clear amber color with a relatively small off white with average retention. There is a little bit of lacing.
Light aroma of biscuit like malts and caramel.
Lightly toasted malts with a light caramel sweetness that is balanced with a little woody bitterness that must come from the barrels. There is also a hint of smokiness.
Light to medium body with a relatively dry texture. Light fizzy carbonation.
Very drinkable but needs a little more flavor to make it interesting. The dry finish also means it is not thirst quenching.
NOTES: BBCSD-0812 blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2009
bottle, dark golden orange with filmy head, aroma is malty maybe some peat, flavor is malty fruit, apricots, raisin, nicely bitter jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle pours a clear copper amber color with a foamy beige head. Excellent lacing along the glass for the duration of the beer. Aroma is a nice mixture of caramel malts and English style hops. Nice flavor and aftertaste. Barreras (1687) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
On tap, a clear copper color with a white head. a very drinkable Ale, that finishes smooth. Strong bite of flavor in beginning but tapers off at the end of the swallow. Overall a good drinkable beer that I would order again. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12oz. Thanks to explosivebeer. Pours a copper, semi-clear with a small but well retained white head. Aroma shows a nice balanced maltinesss, rich with some subtle piney hops. Reminds me a bit of Southern Star Pine Belt or a less hoppy Dale’s. Just a nice balanced aroma. Flavor is smooth, malty, easy drinking, mildly dry. A toasty, grainy finish. This is a fine beer, really, quite good for the style. Perhaps a little underrated.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2009
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WAjcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Aroma: Nice malt aroma with a lingering of oak and hops in the nose.
Appearance: Light Brown in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Nice flavor this was smooth and silky like a ESB should with a nice oaky flavor that was light but present.
Palate: Nice Dry finish with a very good overall Mouthfeel.
Overall: A very nice beer. I would have liked more oak but this is an ESB so it should be subtle.
Love the pale 31 but this beer just didn’t do that much for me. It has some nice malt flavors and aromas but not much hop character. It may also be the oak flavor that turns me off abit, probably because most of the other oak barrel beers I have tried are higher in gravity like arrogant bastard oak. mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Pours a good clear golden orange with a nice creamy white head. Arpma has a nice bready malt sloght floral hop and some nice grains. Flavour is sweet and grainy no hops are really present. Not great but very drinkable garthicus (2926) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 3, 2009
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Nice orange amber with a slight haze, small white head. Aroma: Sweet and malty, slightly floral and yeasty. Nice. Flavour: Floral, caramel and subtle fruitiness with slight pepper in the finish. Very enjoyable. Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3/2/09 From 22oz bottle. Aroma is almost all malt with sold roast, light caramel, very low sourness and only the lightest bit of earthy hop flora. Appearance is clear copper with a very well maintained off-white head. Flavor is dead on with the aroma, only the sweetness and roast are an even balance. Bittering is very low, and again just slight with earth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carb texture and light creaminess. Overall, an excellent example of the style that doesn’t incorporate the PNW hops that so often make the American examples a bastardization of the style.