jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014 PlainsDrifter (96) - Adelphi, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark golden with white head. Grass, hay, some citrus aromas. Fizzy carbonation, clean finish, medium body. Some light malt flavors, but not very flavorful for an ESB.
Draft at the brewery, from notes. Medium herbal and grassy hops with a decent caramel backbone. Good, but nothing really outstanding here. slowrunner77 (13603) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
another miss for us. similar generic (kit?) malt profile to the Stein and even the pilsner mixed with some off/funky hop bitterness. aroma better than the flavor."
foyle (445) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a 1" frothy cream colored head. Color is rich, cloudy amber with plenty of evident carbonation.
Aroma: potent malt forward aroma -- bread dough and some caramel, also some pleasant floral and earthy hop spice.
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied and sticky with a quite dry, slightly astringent finish.
Flavor: strong malt presence -- rich roasted barley, some butterscotch and caramel, ripe fruit, raisin, the bittering earthy hops round out the finish.
Overall: well done and enjoyable. Fits the style well. mkel07 (6602) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle from Archive Beer Boutique April 2013. Not bad for an organic beer. Good malt profile and strong flavour. smroush (313) - Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Mild aroma. Thin and watery taste. Very mild hops and simple malt flavors. Skip this one. A very mediocre beer.
superspak (6479) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/10/2013. Pours fairly cloudy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of orange peel, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and toast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of orange peel, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, and toast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light toffee, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and decent robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this was a good ESB. Well balanced dark/bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; and veryu smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasant and enjoyable offering. 1pintatatime (180) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy amber. Lightly carbonated. Aroma is primarily malt with hints of fruit and bread. That malt-forward aroma is followed up by flavor full of caramel, toast, and fruit (specifically a bit of dried apricot). Finish is just bitter enough to counteract the sweetness of the malt. All in all solid if not spectacular. madvike (3314) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle - Pours hazy rosy brown with a filmy tan head. Nose is nutty, lightly milky toasty dry bread. Light herbal hops. Taste is toasty and dry, with light nuttiness and a touch of herbal hops. Medium-thin with medium carbonation. Nekronos (4252) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
Somewhat boring. NOt bad but nothing too memorable about. Unfiltered and pale features too. Onslow (1561) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Tawny amber brew with pale head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, very little grass. Taste is sweet caramel at the very start, nutty in the middle with a slight bittering in the end. Average palate. Overall well crafted brew that is very representative of the style, which however is rather plain.