HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours with a fairly dark color for an ESB. Very malty and a bit sweet. Flavors of toffee and a hint of bitter hops. Nice full body. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper mahogany color with a large sized off white head. Aromas caramel, toasted nuts, and juicy oranges. Tastes of toasted malts, nuts, and citrus. Lacing left on the glass. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Thanks to Jake for this. It poured medium brown with ruby hints. The aroma was caramel malty, vinous fruity, a bit nutty and brown sugary. The taste was caramel malty up front, with a pronounced vinous fruit flavor emerging, giving way to some nutty brown sugar notes at the finish. The whole thing went together quite nicely, with a solid complexity and balance. Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Pours copper brown with frothy white head. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy and not a whole lot else. The flavor is extremely well balanced- you get a good dose of both hoppy and malty characteristics. Starts sweet and quickly finishes with a lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue. Drinkable too. BrewSquid (45) - Plattsburg, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Not a bad ESB. Decent malt and hop balance but I prefer an ESB with a little more hoppiness after all, it is an Extra Special BITTER. Nice appearance & head.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Beer of the month club beer. 12 oz. Bottle. Pours a clear crimson color with an off white head and good lacing. Nice sweet malt nose with some citrus and fruit notes. Nice smooth balanced flavor with a nice hop bite in the finish. Well made beer. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2006
In the bottle from the beer of the month club. Thanks to pman. Pours a dark amber to light brown. The head is much thinner than the Teton amber. It is off white and whispy. Mild aroma. Chocolate and berries to the taste. This is not like an ESB at all, but is still quite good. There’s a lingering tartness at the finish. This is weird for an ESB. PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Nice, deep, dark copper pour, faint, slighlty wispy white head. Green, earthy arom with faint frutiness - fresh nectarines perhaps. Flavor follows the same trend with some spearmint, nectarines, spruce and a hint of spice that is similar to cinnamon. Thick enough mouthfeel, overll a decent ESB. Lacking that subtle bitterness that I seek out though. Thanks to Aurelius for this one - partr of his Ale-in-the-mail shipmnt. Aurelius (5492) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2006
The beer itself was a brilliant, clear ruby-brown with a spongy tan head. Fair cap, bad label, bad name. Western hop aroma over caramel and fruit in the templated APA/AESB style. Hoppy enough, but not ragged. Grapefruit, medium sweetness, grassy and green. Chalky medium body, finishes just like it tastes, but overall the palate I would rate as its best feature - smooth. Standard fare. Unless PorterPounder beats me to the punch with his half of the Ale-in-the-Mail selection, I shall be the 100th rater of this average fare. Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
(bottle from irishboy)clear amber color with a nice light brown head that left some webbing.aroma is bitter hoppy with some caramel.flavor mixes up the aroma.along with some nuits,and dark fruits.