AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Draft. Thanks to Tmoney99. Pours a dark goldish amber color with a nice white head. Aroma was hoppy with sweet malts coming through. NOtes of pine, grass, floral hops, and citrus come out. On the palatem it is a little dry. The flavor brings out more of a solid maltiness and it finish with a floral hoppy bite. Pretty good, but nothing too special. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2009
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Poursa nice amber orange. Aroma is caramel, light soap, butter. Taste is bready, caramel sweetness, bitterness in the finish. not a big fan of ambers but this is decent alexsdad06 (10638) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Draft @ Party Source. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma was floral and citrus with some caramel malt there as well. There was a slight soapy hint to the nose as well. The flavor opens with a soft bready malt, mild caramel, and citrus hops. The finish has a nice bitterness with more toasted malt coming through. I didn’t get much sweetness from this. Medium bodied, decent. Tmoney99 (14838) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Draft from Party Source.
Poured a clear dark copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasted and had good lacing. Good malty and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with slick dry texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy balanced smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
Good brew. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Imperial draft served on tap at Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a sunny clear copper, decent offwhite head that sticks around laces well, decent carbonation liveliness. Aromas are some nice floral and grapefruit hoppiness, grass, caramel and toffee malts. Initial is smooth caramel english malts, nuttiness, good bitter floral hops. This is an ESB by the book off the bat and a very nice one at that, more intense than it’s so called "Amber" tag. Good bitterness balanced by toasty English malts, drinks very well with sweetness and bitterness in harmony. I can applaud any ESB that is served in honor our nation. Finish a bit of toffee sweetness with moderate bitterness. Top effort bya brewery that does ESBs very very well.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2009
On tap at Chappys in Dayton. A malty, not too hoppy amber ale. Almost similar flavor to the Elliot Ness. Sweet malts, light fruitiness, and just enough hops to add a nice moderate bitter finish. FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Sampled on draft at Johnny’s Wife’s Place in Jeannette PA this beer poured a medium amber color with a huge yellow-white head. The aroma was moderate floral and light fruity hops. The flavor was lightly tangy and bitter with a nice amount of fruity and floral hops and a nice malt backbone. Good balance though a bit thin in substance. Nicely Enjoyable. Dogbrick (13520) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2009
On draught at Winking Lizard. The beer pours a clear reddish-amber color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit accents along with some malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character. Notes of citrus and bready malt as well. The finish is citrusy hops and mild malt with a lingering bitterness. Above average overall. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Red-amber with good, creamy head / Nose of malt, dry hops and citrus / Light to medium body, crisp and hoppy, with good malts and finish / Flavors of toast, burnt spun sugar, and grapefruit / A very fine pale ale. Braudog (6803) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Draft at Dublin Pub in Dayton. Bright but dark copper with a pleasantly rolling bubbliness. Nice rich caramel malt forms the basis of this, but there’s also a nice crisp hoppy bite to bring it together. Yummy. (#3576, 7/4/2009)