RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A true English-style bitter that is rich in malt, hop flavor, and aroma. Brewed with no less than four types of malt, and English and Yakima hops.

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truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Nitro pour at Maritime in Seattle. Deep copper color, fluffy head with perfect lacing. Just a bit sweeter than the typical ESB. The hops swept evenly along the tongue however, balancing out the maltiness rather well. I wanted to sample this non-nitro, but other brews beckoned. I’ll just say: if you can sample this on nitro, do it that way. Really tasty!

riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2008
On cask. Light aroma of caramel, toffee, pale malts, and some pepper and floral hops. Pours copper with a nice fluffy cask head. Flavors of caramel, toffee, a little bread, English malts, and some peppery floral hops in the finish. Nice drinkable cask ale.

jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2007
on tap-pours a thin white head that laces and amber color. Aroma is light caramel, citrus. Taste is medium malt-caramel/nutty, balanced nicely with (English and northwest?) citrus hops-slight bitter. OK/mild carbonation.

BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2007
On Tap at Maritime Pacific Seattle. Pours out a nice hazy amber topped with a small head. A little malt and light wood. I also picked up a little metal odd.

IndianaRed (4627) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2007
On Tap at the Jolly Roger. Slightly hazy medium redish brown. Thin wispy white head and spotty lacing. Woody lightly roasted malt aroma. Flavor was malty, abit sweet and not veery bitter. The trailer has a little more bite to it though. Quaffable.

killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Draught at the Jolly Roger in Seattle. Picked up on a whim as ESB’s aren’t my usual drink of choice. Pleasantly surprised enough to make me want to try other ESB’s. Would suggest giving it a try if given the opportunity.

ClarkVV (6708) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Draught pint at Redbones on 11/30/06
Light peachy-orange body has just a hint of melonskin tone to it, while the white head is medium in size, but moderately well retained, frothy and providing of a moderate amount of lacing in rings. Clarity is medium-high. Not 100% clear, but nearly so. Well-carbonated.
Floral hop bouquet in the nose is quite intricate, not quite gentle in bitterness, but not overdone with it either. Spiciness and light citrus (lemons, tangerines) are present as well, with a supportive malt sweetness in the background. Sweet white bread, bits of graham crackers and a touch of fresh dough on the end, it dosent obstruct the hops, but helps temper the bitterness. Fruitiness follows, especially with warming, adding light pears, cherries and more citrus notes. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma. Fairly standara American pale ale under the guise of the ESB tag. So an American ESB, pretty much, though it’s not heavy-handed on the IBUs, nor does it have any hard citrus or pine. Definitely a good mix of European and American hops. No alcohol, flaws noted.
A light tea-like astringency is found at the beginning, with orange and minor grapefruit hints. This quickly gives way to a honey and vanilla like softness/sweetness that deepens and adds light caramel and richer honey malt notes. It comes right up to the point of getting too sweet and then stops, cut off by a brisk, but mostly engaging carbonation and hop bitterness. Some spicy and more floral hop notes dot the palate throughout, with light fruitiness combining with the maltiness as it warms. Very supple texture, the malt is soft and round. In that way, it’s quite British, but the hops are decidedly more bitter and of the American variety. A very well-done American ESB or whatever you want to call it. Fresh and flavorful.
Surprised by the relatively low ratings of Maritime’s stuff. Looks like the bottled versions of their beers are inferior to draught?

HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Draught at pub. Pour is a clear amber with a nice white head and lacing. Earthy malt aroma and flavor. The earthy hops balance the bready malt very well. Nice ESB.

linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2006
On tap at the brewery. Solid amber colour. Almost no flavour at all, with a somehow spicy finish.

Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Draught. Wow, I love this beer. I haven’t had it in a couple of years. I’ll have to re-rate soon. The malt complexity comes out and balances the hops. Yum. A very drinkable tasty beer.

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