obguthr (6826) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Subtle popcorn nose. Cloudy ochre, thin head, good lace. Milk chocolate, wood. Dried leaves are dominant. Medium body, easy carbonation. OnTheTrail (603) - Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Tasted at RB in Arlington. Color is opaque brownish red. Aroma is fruityy, sweet, malty. Taste is sweet malt, honey, touch of bitter hops on the finish. Not a bad intro craft beer, but that is all it is. SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Draught at the campbell location. 5.8%abv, and they call it an ESB. The character is definitely English leaning (caramel, toffee, earthy) but American ESBs are pretty much ambers anyway. I’m wondering if other locations are hopping this in a more American fashion, because I didn’t get any of the American hop character, or much at all, that other raters seem to notice at other locations. The color is an amber-red, topped by lasting white foam with small bubbles. The aroma has a touch of dark, roasted caramel, sweeter caramel, and an earthy touch. Malty-sweet flavor with caramel and toffee, and just a touch of earthy hop flavor and bitterness that doesn’t quite balance. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Sweet, relatively clean, and displaying a pretty English malt and hop profile, though the yeast seems pretty neutral. A few more IBUs or a few less finishing gravity points would really make this a more balanced, drinkable package. Well-brewed, but the recipe just isn’t what I would want. EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Clear orange pour with a thin white head. Mild piny hop aroma. Sweet malty flavor with touch of citrus and some hops. Mostly bland and watery. BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Amber with thin head that disappated quickly. Little to no aroma. Toasty sweet with a bit of a hop bite and slightly astringent. Palate is average. On tap at RB, Indianapolis.
ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Location: I venture into the Rock Bottom Bethesda every now and again because it is so close, this is one of their standard offerings, and I’ve had it a few times on tap
nickd717 (4996) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
I actually think that this one is the best of their standard offerings. For it’s style it’s at lease a solid C, while the rest of the Rock Bottom Bethesda always available beers , in my opinion, are at best D+ beers. It is a little thin though.
Tap at Bethesda location. Amber color, caramel malt on the aroma, caramel malt and mild English-style hops on the flavor. Body a little light. Nothing special, just an amber/red ale. patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
draft at the downtown Indy brewpub - Pours amber and laces well. It has a light caramel malt aroma. The flavor is sweet caramel malt with some mild hops. It has a light body and light carbonation. It’s an average session brew, no more. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2008
From draught sample at Bethesda. Light hoppy aroma with just a bit of dull herbal hops. Not very aromatic. Medium amber with light haze and small off-white head. Medium-light watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with carbonic acidity an a bit of pale malt. Neutral fruity character before a heavy hit of hop bitterness. Bitter is too harsh in the finish and is not balanced. Astringent after. shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2008
A nicely refreshing amber, tasting of caramel with nuts and dark fruit. Good side to a burger.