RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
Draft. Aroma: Toasted malt and caramel, orange, floral, and earthy hop aromas. A light sulfur note as it warms. Appearance: Light reddish brown in color and slightly hazed. Light beige head was full and foamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Slightly sweet maltiness with notes of toasted nuts, caramel, and rye. Hops are fairly assertive with citrus, pine, floral, and earthy notes. Medium high bitternes. Some sulfur/mineral as it warms. A bit of red grapes as it warms, too. Palate: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Overall: A decent ESB, but was definitely tilted towards the hop end of the spectrum. Could use some more balance IMO. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Draught. Enjoyed it alot for the style. A fruity aroma, with some sweet malt and floral hops. Flavor was much of the same; ok mouthfeel. Often this style tastes like water with a mild bitter ending to me; this did not. A nice beer that I could drink a few of. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Draft. Fruity aroma. Pretty good palate, but a little too much carbonation. Good flavor, initially of fruit and then followed by bittering hops. Well done bitter. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Sweet malt aroma.Pours a medium copper with a large off white head.Got some hops and sweet malt in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a little bit of a hoppy finish. CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle: Aroma has strong ham, pine, cinnamon, smoke, and breakfast pastry notes, which I found very pleasing. Started out with muted biscuit malts, which were followed by a building sourdough aspect that combined quite nicely towards the finish with the hops. The finish is really nice, however. The hops start out mild, but then build to a very dry, clean, long bitter finish, with some mild fruitiness. As the beer warms, I tasted more sweet malts and some nuttiness, all balanced out quite well by the finish. Very nice.
JohnnyZ (90) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Great beer. Refreshing. nice bitter balance. Better taste than aroma. Aroma is not very evident. Smooth, well carbonated. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a decent sized beige colored head. Aroma is caramel malts, floral hops, light citrus. Flavor is the same. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish, crisp and refreshing. Good session. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Clear light amber body with a small frothy white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet malty flavor with some caramel and a bit of light citrus and floral bitter. Foxbush (2029) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2016 This was steal the glass night at Capital Ale House. The ESB was good. It had a nice head and an inviting deep golden color. The bitterness was mild and could have been stronger. It is a balanced beer that is drinkable at anytime of day. This was purchased by bottle on 9/4 form Total Wine. It is better ale than last time. Enjoyed a bottle from Growlers on Demand in 2016. Nice ale. It was grouped with some IPAs. Improved the scores. jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2007
bottle, easy to drink but no real memorable taste to speak of. passed it on to the roommate after a few sips.