CharmCityCrab (244) - Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh, hey, a craft ESB. Haven’t seen one of these on the shelves at a decent price or in a mix pack for a long time- not since Sierra Nevada ditched their ESB. Had an import non-craft ESB at a gathering, and it wasn’t the same- the base was there, but not the springy piney hops. Magic Hat’s take on an ESB has the base, and some spring piney type hops on top (Not a ton of them, but enough to be noticeable and evoke spring), plus real honest to goodness spruce from, presumably, trees. Spruce! I love it.
Not saying this is the best beer ever or anything, but I was excited to see the style in their winter mix pack, because the style just isn’t available from widely distributed reasonably priced craft brewers anymore, typically. Wouldn’t mind seeing it in it’s own 6-pack, even! And, hey- spruce!
I think of these as being spring beers, but I’ll take it in a winter mix pack. The spring mix packs come out in winter now anyway, so what’s the difference, really? Drinking it in late fall out of a winter mix pack feels more like spring than drinking it January out of a spring mix pack.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into glass. Took a small pour from my friend. The general consensus in the room was that this beer tasted like "dirt". I didn’t really taste the dirt but it was pretty bitter. The spruce made this a strange drink for me though. I’d probably pass on this.
drowland (8449) - Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11/6/12. 12oz bottle from Publix. Lightly hazy light amber/dark orange pour with barely a small off-white head on tap that fades to a ring and barely laces. Faint aroma of toasted biscuits, light caramel, and a hint of chalk and herbal notes. The spruce comes through more in the flavor in an almost tingly herbal note, but it’s still somewhat subtle. Otherwise we see biscuits, bread, and caramel. Eh.
vikingguy (1096) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber color with quick diminishing white head. Sweet malt on the nose. Taste is interesting - not necessarily in a bad way. Says its brewed with spruce...I can taste it but it’s not overpowering. Lends a outdoorsy earthy flavor...Fresh and clean. Bitter up front but fades to a pleasant sweet caramel malt finish. Don’t love it, but it’s a pretty good experiment.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a light copper color with a small white head. Nose is light grassy hops with some resin notes and biscuits. Palate is light and stingy with a tongue coating. Flavors of pine, biscuity malt notes, and light fruity citrus.
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williamstome (1806) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange pour, medium white head.. sweet malty, sprucy aroma. Tastes like a christmas tree! Really neat hopping. Yum.
Ratman197 (14352) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of carmel, spruce, citrus mand earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, spruce, earthiness and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering spruce finish.
beerinwell (3) - - OCT 8, 2012 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The beer started like a good Esb but the faded and left a grassy and chewy flavor. It was not balanced and the spruce was lost in the vegetable off-flavors. I was left asking if this qas a test batch not a liited release in twelve packs.
wxman (1793) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thin white head. Aroma is malt and spice. Taste his sweet toasted malt, buttered bread and a medium hop bitterness. Pretty decent, but not my kind of ESB.