Onslow (1440) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber brew with a thin head, served in a pub style pint glass. Great aroma of sweet malt and rich, complex hops. Flavor is excellent blend of a slightly sweet maltiness offset by a strong but restraint citrus and piney hops finish. This is excellent and to my thinking more traditional than their Sandstone Pale Ale.
These days Iím more interested in brews that explore and elaborate on tradition, rather than trying to emulate it. But thatís no detraction form this Ė it is a fine ale, quite excellent, and highly recommended.
jercraigs (10089) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark hazy amber with a medium tan head. Gusher. Touch of caramel and hops in the aroma. Fairly typical ESB profile, nice bitterness and a tiny hint of astringcency in the dry finish. Decent palate? Bit of a funky tang lingering in background making only slight appearances. Average but pleasant. Thanks DuctTape.
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Hazy coppery body, thin tight off-white head. Light bready, sweet body with citrusy and piney hops providing nice balance. Refreshing and quaffable.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a nice golden light amber with a copper tone. Very thin head but has light off-white stringy lace that sticks well. Smell is a nice floral citrusy aroma, very pronounced, a bit crisp and very fresh with a nice caramel backing, quite a decent wiffer. Taste is mellowing smooth of citrusy hops with a very nice little hop twinge that dances on the tongue a bit and goes down smooth with a slight lingering bitterness thats not overpowering in the least. Caramel malt backing that keeps it balanced is a bit noticeable. Solid medium body, pretty full and a nice bittering dryness in the finish. This is pretty good stuff, an American take on the English style ESB thats not to hoppy or piney.
auerbrau (3204) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An even tawny mahogany pour with a fringed edging of gold and a white rim of head. Distant hops and malt aroma. A somehwat off toasted oat sugars, with a rough woody grain and oaky presentation. Some buttery Cascade touches in there...maybe some diacetyl? Itís okay. Palate carries some decent balance, which is pleasent. Certainly the most drinkable and nicely sessionable of their beers.
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tap at the brewpub - Pours hazy orange with a small, lingering white head. Thereís a mild toasted caramel malt aroma. The flavor is mostly sweet malt with some quite mild hops bitterness mainly in the finish that serves to keep the malt under control. Itís light bodied and overall a decent beer, but thatís about it.
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was too hoppy for a ESB, but still pretty good. I had this last week and only gotten to reviewing right now. Terrible rating I know.