tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle. Nice aroma! Quite hoppy: pine, citrus and a decent amount of sweet malt. Pours light hazy copper leaving a fair amount of sticlky lacing. Flavor has a lot of fresh tasting hops at first but quickly fades into a dry, grassy maltiness. Medium bodied. Finishes fairly dry. doubelknv3 (1093) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Clear, Copper with frothy head that quickly vanished. Earthy, with grapefruit hop notes. Grapefruit, mild orange, and earthy flavor notes. Bitter entry with dry bitter finish. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
12oz bottle-A nice medium amber orangish body with a nice white head which has an aroma of hops, citrus, malt, and a little caramel. A nice hop and malt mixture fill your mouth from the beginning to the end with a bit of caramel on the back end. A nice tasting beer. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Single 12 oz bottle from John’s Grocery (Iowa City, IA). Poured into conical pint glass. I had been meaning to sample this, but hadn’t seen it around here. Beer pours a nice dark amber and has a pleasant offwhite head the sticks around. Scents of tea, pine, and hops. First taste leaves a first impression of a nice malty flavor and good (although not overly powerful) hop profile. Head begins to diminish but clings to the sides of the glass. I am beginning to definitively taste caramel in the finish as I get closer to half way done. A nice ESB that I thoroughly enjoyed. If only I could find more! The Gist: It’s no Rogue Brutal Bitter, but I enjoyed it. Mild for it’s type. Sessionable. pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2007
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - NOV 13, 2007
Ruby red amber color with thick creamy head and nice lacing. Hoppy pecan aroma - a unique smell, not great but not bad either.
Overall it is enjoyable and quite drinkable. Nice malty hop flavor with just a touch of a medicinal taste in the finish.
Bottle. Poured a ruby brownish color. Aroma is hops and pine oil. Taste is malty start with a hop finish. Nephilium (1818) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Caramel and tea are the most pronounced aromas from this bottle. Pours a nice amber with about a quarter of an inch of slightly off-white head. The taste is toast and a tea, with a mild bitter finish. Drinkable, but not the first I’ll grab. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Pours a rich amber color with light off-white head with light lacing. Aroma is of light citrus hops, light toasted grain and caramel. Taste is the same with a nice dose of hops. Very sessionable. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Semi-hazed, lovely amber orange glow underneath a fuzzy, morphing tan foam head. Aroma is clean and green with a mineral-like hazelnut glaze on bran flakes, emitting a graininess trait from the glass. A whole wheat aftermath sings with the sweet, honey almond hop bouquet. Flavor continues the momentum with a honey, herbal whole wheat bagel display under an earthy, rustic hop arrangement. A maple oat and burlap train intertwine. Buttered almond toffee bars flake as the stiffer caramel lining flakes off of the bitter, chalky graham cracker base. Ringing, semi numbing bitterness hits the tip of the tongue with a salty strike. Medium to fuller bodied with an earthy autumn grass component emerging from underneath the fallen leaves, then spritsed with caramel-accented spring water as it sets for the season. keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
Very cloudy dark tan with natural mottled cream-colored head. This smells like those familiar sweet citrus aromas from the cascade hops. Actually smells like a west coast apa or ipa. More subdued though. There are dark fruit notes in the flavor...the closest beer comparison I can find in my mental catalog is a very hoppy barleywine, such as Avery’s Hog Heaven. Really nicely balanced bitterness with smooth maltiness. I would much enjoy this ale during an afternoon watching football.