HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Clear medium copper color with an off white creamy head. Creamy lacing. Has a grassy earthy aroma with a malt background. A well balanced malty flavor with a creamy mourh feel and a earthy hop bite . Very drinkable. Great beer. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Very good beer. Not unnecessarily bitter like some ESB’s. Somewhat fruity, but mostly strong malt with enough hops to give it a bite. Strong hop finish. Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
En fût au Pub Italia, Ottawa, ON. Robe orangée aux reflets cuivrés surmontée d’une mousse blanche en dentelle. Arômes de caramel, de malt. Saveurs métalliques, caramel, bonbon, malt. Houblon amertume en finale. OldMrCrow (2443) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Pours a beautiful saturated copper with a robust if short-lived head. Aroma is hops, citrus, and a hint of bread dough. The mouthfeel is nice, with ample carbonation, and a soft sweetness on the palate. The flavor is dry but gently so, with a touch of orange, a drop of sweet honey malt, and a whisper of cloves. The flavors are subtle but well balanced. A very nice beer - not spectacular, but certainly enjoyable to drink. SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 this beer has really grown on me over the years. one of the best examples of the style. clear amber/gold with almost no head. toffee nose with bready malt. flavor has notes of toffee, fruity yeast, bread, esters. clean, easy drinking palate with a modest abv. a very nice beer. the quintessential esb.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
caramel malt aroma. dark amber color. malty and dry. mild honey. somewhat flat. fruity afterstaste. 8/4/05. 6/3/7/3/14
500 ml bottle. Copper coloured with a mostly lasting frothy and fizzy off-white head. Toffee and dark fruit aroma with notes of citrus and spice. Straightforward fruit and caramel flavours with a fruity bitter finish. Medium bodied, juicy. Good, but if this was in a widget can, it would be just like 95% of the British ESBs I’ve ever had. burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Coppery amber body. Roasted malty aroma. Creamy going down with a slight hoppy finish. hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2005
Amber coloured, thick white head. Hoppy, toffee nose with som maltiness.
Bitter, flowery taste with hoppy notes. Smooth mouthfeel. Refreshing. A bit caramely. Nice full bodied palate. MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2005
A pretty decent ESB here. I was expecting it to be a little more bitter and hoppy but it was still pretty good. Had a nice appearance to it with an above average aroma to add. FlacoAlto (4197) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Pours a deep, brilliantly clear, red-copper color and is topped by a frothy, 2.5 finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is spicy and herbal with notes of caramel and toffee. The taste is lightly sweet up front with a toffee maltiness to it. Interestingly enough this beer seems to be more balanced towards the malt than the London Pride I just had (perhaps this is palate fatigue). There is a nice fruitiness that compliments the toffee & caramel maltiness; much of the fruitiness is from the slightly citrusy, lemon-like hops with perhaps some hints of currants. The beers finish is nicely bitter with a lingering herbal hop note. This is quite tasty, but not as flavorful and hoppy as I remember it being.
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