chicagobears (460) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear burnt orange. Soft aromas of cookie dough and toffee.
A malty cookie and a touch of sticky butter followed by a solid hop flavor. Smooth easy drinking all the way. Would love to try the draught.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand-drawn Draught. Nose is very sweet malts. Pours dark amber with no head (hand-drawn, though). Palate is extremely smooth with a bitter hop finish. Very well-balanced. Hop and malt flavors are accentuated by a clean creamy palate.
EithCubes (5707) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2015 Bottle. Light, balanced aroma of malt and hops with a nice dose of funk and sweaty socks. Dark fruitiness. Clear amber gradient with a creamy beige head. Medium bitterness with caramel and a lot of malt, mild-medium carbonation with that characteristic mild hoppy funk. Bittersweet doughy malt on a medium-full body. Touch of sour malt and leather. Long, dry, bitterish aftertaste. Relatively complex and a nice session.[2007.02.10: 3.4]
Absolutely love the fruitiness and appreciate the high crystal content, which works here. Touch of apple, red berry, big caramel, pours crystal-clear orange with a dense and rocky short cream head. Touch watery medium body, flattish, nutty, sourish bitterness with a yeasty (I know)-bready-crystal finish. It hides its alcohol well and is rather moreish, the nutty-malty aftertaste charms me back for more, though itís quite mineralized. I actually like drinking this one colder, at US serving temps, has some great lager character there not common to ales. [2015.10.22: 3.4]
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This rating isnít the most accurate because I drank this beer at my friends house the other night. So iím not able to sit here and makes notes as I drink it. But I do remember it had a malty aroma, which reflected the taste aswell. And a good solid head on itís clear amber shoulders. A tasty beverage all around and one I would certainly buy again.
BigBeer45 (1467) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, pours clear light to medium amber gold with a few bubbles, light malt fragrance, faint musky-off smell (odd for a pale ale), little sweet notes, faint sour on the nose, faint malt taste, watery on the tongue, little hop bite and faint sourness in the mouth,
I was expecting more from this, I have a feeling something bad happened to this beer on the trip over the water, this was dissapointing.
omhper (24322) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned. Clear amber, rich head. Rich hop aroma with flowers and hay. Sweet and light bodied. Some light cookie malt overpowered by the hops. Lightly resiny finish with medium bitterness.
MagooinPA (101) - Rotonda Lakes, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Nice head, nice copper/redish color. Way better on draft, but nice basic Pale Ale. Itís pasteurised when bottled, a dissapointment.A complete meld of hops + malt resulting in a great session beer. These can be pounded, not what I normally do. The ESB is their flagship, try it.
larsga (7400) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 Medium white head. Chestnut brown body. Thinnish caramelly aroma with light sweetish roasty notes, kind of fruity and peppery. Light sweet-yet-bitter caramelly wooden taste. Perfect dryish/fruity balance with lovely wooden edge. Clean palate, mid body. Dry wooden aftertaste with peppery hop notes. An excellent bitter, impressively well made. (0.5l bottle. Rated twice.)
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber with a white head. Aroma is fruity like fruit snacks with some caramel. Decent malt body with a dry finish. Flavor is floral, raisins, and other sweet fruits. Solid hop presence.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light amber with white head. Malty aroma with earthy British hops. Flavor is malty and slight diacytel.