l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Pours a dark cloudy amber. Gentle aroma of citrus hops. Flavor is a solid malt backbone, with some malty sweetness and strong complex hops flavors - citrus, grapefruit, grassy, floral. Hoppy yet not too bitter. Tasty ESB. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
On nitro: Pours a hazy dark copper amber with a well-lacing frothy off-white head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel malt and fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and rich malty sweetness balanced with a pretty assertive grapefruity hoppiness for the style before a crisp bittersweet finish. A nice and very drinkable ESB. SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Cask and force-carbonated tap at the brewpub. Red-brown colored. Light malt and english hops in the aroma, with a powerful honey sweetness in the cask version. The flavor is clean and relatively dry caramel malt with a firm hoppy bitterness. The cask version has a sweet honey component adding to this, along with a more grassy aromatic hop character. medium bodied, with lower carbonation in the cask, but not too low. I preferred the regular version and will score according to that, as the cask had too much residual honey for my taste, though some might like the component that it adds. nimbleprop (8743) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Nitro pour at the brew pub. Came to the table a hazy, slightly translucent, orangey brown with zero head. Malty aroma, crackers and biscuit with some slight citrus hops lurking. Flavor was well balanced, sweet malts, sort of that chewy, bready, grainy flavor profile with citrus hops, oranges and lemons, coming in on the end. Crisp finish with some lasting bitterness. Very drinkable and enjoyable.davidwel (9) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2006 does not count
Earlier Rating: 10/28/2006 Total Score: 3.7
This beer looks phenomenal. Murky brown with an orange tint to it with a off white frothy, creamy head. Malty aroma with a hint of hops. Malty flavor, only slightly roasted but bitter at the start and finish. Full bodied and sweet as well. I really liked this.
I miss this! When I lived in DC I think this was may favorite local brew! Nice hops and a crisp finish! The malts are complex without being over the top. A well crafted ESB
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 On tap at the brewpub. cloudy dark amber with hop aroma. good esb - finish is bitter on sides of tongue. good palate. Drew (2470) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Dark amber body, lots of off white lacing. A good amount of caramel toffee malt aroma and flavor backed up with a generously juicy hop profile. Very easy drinking. lamas (1655) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2005
On tap. Hazy, leathery light-brown pour with a very small light-tan head that leaves webs of lace. Aroma is quite faintly of nuts, sweet malts and some hops. Medium-bodied. BIG tastes to this one. Some chocolate, nuts and caramel are present along with more hops than usual for this style. The tongue-stripping, hoppy finish is quite bitter and lingers forever. A unique and extremely flavorful ESB. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Hazy crimson amberish, thin fizzy white head. Nose held notes of citrus, caramel, and hints of toffee. It certainly was well balanced with citrus hops up front and sweetened caramel malt lying just below the surface. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, drying fruity hop finish. Good session beer if 6.5% fits in your definition of "session beer"... jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Draft, refreshing aroma lot’s of hops. Taste is very sweet, a little too sweet...but has a bite to it as well, kind of like rusting lead pipes. Don’t like this one too much.