RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
A classic example of an ESB, where sweetness of the barley malt balances the slight bitterness provided by the Target and Golding hops. We add East Kent Goldings during secondary fermentation; this process of "dry-hopping" provides a distinct, flowery aroma to the beer. At our Greenfield Pub and Restaurant we serve this copper colored ale cask conditioned. Original Gravity: 1057

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argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2005
(cask) Lightly hazed amber body with beige head. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, mild, earthy/grapefruit. Watery light body, drinkable. Not much here.

hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2006
22oz bottle shared courtesy of zrrbrrt. Poured a deeper amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of light bread, citrus, and toasted malts. Lots of dark malts. Thinner body.

Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2007
Had on cask at the brewpub. Kent and Goldings hops were promising. Light amber colour. Low carbonation of course but also quite understated hops. Sessionable, average cask ESB.

jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
on tap-pours an off white head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-peat, herbal hops. Taste is medium malt-peat, herbal hops. Semi-dry finish. Some Irish red character.

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Toasted and caramelized malts benefit from sturdy, spicy hopping and firm leafy bitterness, building a resolute pint of Extra Special Bitter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam sits atop the nearly clear copper.
-Even though the flavor profile is much hoppier than their Pale Ale’s (which is not usually the case in the USA), I found it to be still balanced.
-The mouthfeel is healthily lean and softly carbonated.
-The hop bitterness is both leafy and earthy.

On tap at the brewpub.

JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2009
Very deep amber coloured beer. Thin white head. Aroma is quite sweet and malty. A touch of caramel and some soft light cocoa. A touch of soft earthy hops as well. Flavour is pretty pretty solid as well. Sweet and toffeeish but there aren’t any off-flavours. A lingering sweet caramelly finish with a little bit of light stickiness. A decent, if slightly too sweet, sessionable beer.

ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2007
late 2006 or early 2007 bomber drunk on 2/16/07
Wow is Muzzlehatch’s review spot-on for this one. I could pretty much say the same thing, word-for-word. The texture is most certainlly easygoing, comforting, but with a little yeast slickness (despite decanting very carefully). Definitely sweet all the way through and exactly as Barry says, a bit underfermented. That’s ok, most of the unpleasant notes I associate with wortiness are not too present here. Just seems like a bit of simple sweetness, slightly tacky. But the hops are wonderful. Dry, earthy, lightly spicy at times, giving a peppery balance to the sweetness. Low, natural carbonation is somehow a bit too loose, though a touch of wateriness comes through on the end (which is appropriate for the style). Apricots, tangerines and nectarines are sweet and fruity, mixing with the creamy pale malts to produce very soft, flavorful notes. Dry hopping is always much appreciated and it shows here. Close to greatness, a bit more attenuation and less yeast in the bottle would do the trick. Alternatively, I’ll buy another bottle and see if this will dry up with another couple months of conditioning. Very possible. I got the cherry-vanilla that Barry noted too, what the hell is that? Probably a sign that the beer isnt fully conditioned/fermented. Some type of unwanted bi-product.

jgb9348 (6480) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Slightly hazy burnt copper and brownish body with a very thin tan head that fades very fast - almost no head/carbonation at all. Very nutty, earthy, caramel and a slight hoppiness, but a very strong scent - nice. Medium-bodied; Flat taste, almost no carbonation; Strong nutty and caramel flavours dominate with a light hoppy touch of pine and herbs and a mellow earthiness at the end. Aftertaste shows some burnt caramel and a little hop bitterness. Overall, an okay beer, but the lack of carbonation and sheer complexity make this hard to say it’s a good beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Colonial Spirits in Acton, Massachusetts on 23-September-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 11-October-2010.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Cask sample. Pours copper with a creamy white head. Smells of caramel, rosey, earthy. Tastes sweet and malty with an earthy finish.

thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2012
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a uncarbonated transparent red brown colored body. The mild aroma was hoppy and caramel malt. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of caramel hops and malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

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