Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours deep red with a thin white head. Aroma is apple, pear, earth, spec, vanilla, banana. Taste is spicy, sweet, bubblegum, subtle chocolate flavors in the finish. Light carbonation. Smooth cream mouth feel. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle... Poured copper/orange with an eggy, off-white head. Nose had some hops, but not like floral or pine-like. More earthy and subdued, a light spicing of hops. Some malt sweetness. Big yeast esters. A hint of bitterness but overall fruity and sweet. Reminded of a lot of beers that come out of New England. dmac (6387) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2012
22 oz bomber from Spirits TR. poured a muddy deep orange body under a smaller foamy off-off-white head. Aroma of orange slices, toast, dough, grains. Fuller creamy body with soft carbonation and a full mouthfeel with an average to short duration on the aftertaste. Flavor is a bit better then the aroma with notes of orange, toast, grains, flower stems, some bitter citrus rind on the end. I wasn’t expecting much from this but it’s pretty damn good. Ratman197 (15100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Bomber poured a hazy orange amber with a lingering ring ofd amber foam. Aromas of toasted malt, toffee, fruittiness and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of toffee, toasted malt, earthiness, carmel and light fruittiness with a crisp dry bitter lingering earthy finish. notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Moderately hazy copper pour - sudsy head that diminishes to a thin lace - nose of dry, biscuity malts, fruity hop notes, a touch of mineral - light and fairly easy to quaff - abv is not evident at first - flavor is fairly dry, biscuity - some fruity and lightly spicy challenger character that is complimented well by a moderate burtonized/hard water/mineral quality - finish has a touch of grapefruit - the alcohol become a little evident as it warms, which is one of the only real drawbacks here - retain this flavor profile in a 4.5% brew and sell it in six packs year round - win!
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 20, 2012
22 oz bottle. Clear golden amber with a small, dense, off white head. Aroma toasty malt, herbal tea, lemon and very light caramel. Flavor is malty toast and dough with a smooth hop bitterness, alcohol is unnoticeable. Medium body with average carbonation and a slick mouth feel. Very nice, easy drinking ESB, nicely priced as well. mar (5434) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2012
gold/amber with a white head. nose is rich toffee, malts, slightly hopped, and bitter. heavy on the palate, chewy caramel, sweet, bitter citrus, and a smooth finish. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice earth like aroma and flavors. The hops and malts give off a earth like grassy flavor. Nicely bitter with a good dry finish. Very quaff-able. emacgee (4697) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Shared by turdferguson. Pours a soft coppery amber with two fingers of sandy off white head. Nose is bready with an upfront English hop quality, herbal and earthy with some wet tea leaf, spice, and caramel malt. Herbal and bready flavor, I wish I had more of a vocabulary for English style beers. I get a mild/appropriate showing of diacetyl, a hop character that I would describe as herbal, bready notes, and then more diacteyl/butter. Just not my style, I recognize this as being well done though. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bottle:   Darker amber, slight haze, moderate frothy off-white head, sticky lacing.   Soft biscuit nose, slight resin or citrus peel as well.   Malty start, biscuity but not heavy, with a soft ctirus peel background.   Very smooth and well balanced.   Has soft hop aspect that lends itself well to the semi-sweet maltiness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Overall a well balanced, smooth, and easy drinking ESB.   Fairly crisp too!