snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Not a bad bitter, but not exceptional either. Good color and aroma, but fairly thin and weak tasting. Alesmith Anvil is my benchmark ESB, and this is not in the same neighbourhood. Diablokev (181) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
Hmmm... This one disapointed me big time. The aroma is very light, faintly yeasty a bit soapy. The appearance is a clear copper with a thin bubbly head, decent lace. The flavor is where I really lost it with this one ESB the label says Extra Bitter Ale?? is this right??? There is not bitterness at all to the beer I sampled, maybe I got a bad one. The flavor is light and watery (much like an American Standard). The beer is smooth but watery... Over all a BIG disapointment. mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2003 (2Feb2003--draft)
A test piece for the use of specialty malts! Small head, fine-bubbled, lacy, mostly receding. A very appealing deep reddish-amber in color. Unoffensive aroma of honey, with caramel/crystal malts. Sweet, malty flavor, medium/low bitterness, same wonderful specialty malt presence, much like Deschutes Jubelale. Great full mouthfeel, aided by the very persistent carbonation. Overall, a very fine effort that could benefit from a hair of additional bitterness.
Interestingly, I was surpised how good the beer tasted on tap. My previous experiences with the bottled variety have been less inspiring. beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Great color. Smooth amber. Good amount of head. I like it a lot overall. Could be a little more bitter. BeerManDan (21) - Houghton, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
I thought that it would be a lot heavier, but still very good. Good bitter taste, nice lasting head.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Thin, boring, funky. A little buttery malt, maybe, but not much of anything interesting. Gets the hook from me. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2006 Brillant red/amber color. Perfect bitterness palate that does not come at the expense of the overhopped IPA’s. I usually do not care for brewers that have a similiar flavor in all their beers( 3-Floyds, Goose Island come to mind) but this is one of my favorite session beers.
re-rate. Oh what have they done to one of my favorite beers. The new design with the long neck is a weak, hop-water piss looking and tasting bottle of a macro amber. Bakes (17) - Athens, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2003
It is much lighter than I expected but I enjoyed it! I need to pick up some of their porter's now. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2003
I would like to try this agin in a draft variety. Much lighter than I expected. Tastey and slightly bitter. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2003
This would just about define middle of the road American Bitter for me. At the right time and in the right place, I'm sure this can be just swell. Otherwise, a fruity, very slightly bitter American amber.