LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Appearance: Pours a dark clear copper with a tan head that subsides to a lasting creamy layer of froth. Leaves behind a bit lof lace as well.Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Aroma: Sweet toffee like malt, fruity yeast and a fresh herbal hop aroma.
Taste: A mixture of fruity yeast, tuned down Full Sail bitey house character, toffee like malt, red apple skin tannins. Finishes with a little bit of bitterness balances out the fruity profile of the beer. Alcohol well hidden for this 6.5%, fairly clear ale.
Mouthfeel: On the thin/sessionable side of medium, moderate carbonation, ever so juicy.
Overall: One of the better ales I’ve had from Full Sail in a few years. The Full Sail house ale yeast isn’t the first and last thing I taste in this, and that is a positive thing for me. Very sessionable for 6.5% as well.
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a smoot texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a clear copper color with a 1/2 finger thick off white head. light lacing. Aroma is floral hops and lightly toasted malt. Flavor is toasted malt, esters, and floral hops. Medium body. A nice beer. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Light copper pour with a nice ivory head that left a bit of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, floral hops, and toffee. Flavor similar with a subtle toast and maybe a hint of vanilla. Not a bad beer but not terribly complex. keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Pretty good bitter. I’m not getting a lot of the hops they claimed but still decent. More like a traditional ESB this way. Has a malty bread like aroma with some caramel. The flavor is similar at first but then the bitterness comes through. A bit of a peppery feel to it. Nice dry finish.
llcooldave (1217) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Very fruity aroma. Some banana, apple clove and hops as well. Pours a clear reddish amber color. Light taste of roasted malt and a slight hoppy citrus on the palate that finishes dry but a bit watery. Overall, not that bad. smooth drinking, probably good for the summer months. drjay44 (3709) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2012
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, lasting, off white, long duration head, with heavy sea foam lacing, over a clear amber (SRM 12) body....nose is malts, toffee/caramel....taste is heavy cereal, light toffee/caramel, finish with spice and light bitter finish....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. Typical of the ESB style, with nice balance, tending toward malty richness and complexity with just enough hop bite to balance. This is the proverbial easy drinking pint. BJCP 7/3/14/4/6 smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours light amber color with of white head. Aromas of biscuit malts and dough. Sweet caramel flavor with some bread dough and moderate bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation. Tanks Craig. Sledutah (7524) - Utah, USA - MAR 20, 2012
22oz bottle at The Bayou Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Appearance: Clear amber with a medium sized off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Caramel, citrus and sweet malts
Taste: Caramel, bready, woody and spices
Bottle. Dull orange/amber hue. The head is thin and light tan. It’s hard to discern any real aroma here initially ... maybe just a little "normal beer" malt ... nothing to give me any hint of what’s to come. This drinks pretty much middle of the road, at first impression. Concentrate on it a little harder and you get a little fest-y snap, and a bit of orchard fruit. I think it a bit misleading to market this as an ESB ... although a tad bit more laden with NW American hops, this carries more as a Vienna or Fest, IMHO. Certainly enjoyable, definitely not indicative of 6.5%, but a little different than I expected. (#4531, 3/21/2012)