RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%

A medium bodied ale with caramel complexity and a crisp finish.

The telltale signs of Spring arrive in the Gorge as mountain bikers begin to replace snowboarders and the snow melt feeds the rivers as white water rafters and kayakers anticipate the first runs of the year. Flowers cover the mountain meadows and blooms fill the orchards in the valley. Our pub staff knows that our ESB will be just the right beer to welcome Spring in the Gorge. ESB is a traditional ale brewed with attention to balance, highlighting both malt and hops. A combination of crystal malts give this beer its orange hue, and caramel complexities. UK and US Challenger hops were used exclusively throughout. Aromas of dry caramel and herbs are followed by a malty, medium bodied palate finishing with caramel flavors and a crisp bitterness. ABV 6.5% IBU 35

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 2, 2015
*backup review* Pours a fairly clear amber... only okay looking off white head... nice lacing. Aroma is a good mix of spicy/earthy hops and medium caramel and deep toasted bread. Nice bitterness balances a near perfect malt profile.... caramel malts and toasted biscuits ... Hops are pretty earthy .... a bit of fruity esters on the finish. Medium bodied with the expected lighter carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpmaster (1392) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2015
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $7.99/6-pack. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rondphoto (4370) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 3, 2015
bottle @ Jungle Jims / Eastgate OH --- enjoy by 9/15/14 - Clear dark amber, frothy white 2" head, sheets of lace. Taste is malt with tea overtones, which makes me think this is past its prime. Light bittering in the finish is the rest of the story. Maybe Ill look for it earlier next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2014
An orange copper body with an off white head. Aroma was of toasted grains and mild caramel malts. Some nice bitter hops. Flavor was similar. Good balance and a nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1672) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle shared by beerboxer. Pours copper with white head. Taste is very light with a sweet aroma. Nothing special

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (10047) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours amber with a short beige head and a fruit and toffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied caramel malt flavor with a carbonated slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14962) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours copper with a slight beige head. Aroma of lightly toasted malt an floral/fruit hop. Med body. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma. Finishes a little malty and lightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jds2008 (20) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Malty and hoppy aroma, deep amber brown with reddish tiny, very fine head that clings to glass, medium weight smooth mouthfeel, malty and caramel to start, but strong follow of bitterness, not necessarily hops. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WVHouseofBeer (1058) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Overall not a spectacular beer but solid. Good aromas of bread, caramel and just a hint of hops. Flavors are more of the same with some bitterness. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ganache (5773) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle. Nose is sweet and fruity, firm crystal above lighter caramel. Pours a pretty amber with very slow carbonation and a short off-white head. Taste is strongly bitter with faint mineral and medium-strong fruit; very crisp fullish body with full toffee, earth, some scorched/burned notes; lightly nutty with equal butterscotch. Finish is drier but the buttery/-scotchy flavors linger (along with what feels like Burtonization), theres some moderate malt complexity here even, hard crystal included. Flavor/aroma-wise, hops are low and on the danker/herbal side, but match well until the woody/rubbery character is all that remains. A little too bold and disparate, too fresh and unmelded, but certainly good enough. In the long run, a bit heavy and filling.

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