ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Bomber bottle from Whole Foods. Good, very crisp, perhaps this Oregon hop is "bright" flavored. I like this, it is very smooth and drinkable. Not as rounded as a good double IPA, but good indeed. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Pours a thick-hazed copper/orange with some settling sediment and a creamy, 2-finger, off-white head that laces in sheets. Sweetbread aroma with lemon almost comes off as a cookie dough. Thick bodied with lingering lemon notes. Bitter tea flavor with a touch of honey and slight berry tartness. Brutal in the sense that the IBUs are stronger than an ESB normally suggests, but (and this will disappoint some folks) the hop content is by no means overwhelming. A very good beer with a misleading name.
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2006
<font size=-4>22 oz. bomber from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Chicago, IL 60638<font size=-1>
Good beer, but misleading with the name. I’d be interested to see what the IBU is for this, but it sure isn’t brutal. It is, however, a very good beer. Smooth, with a nice bite. Good smell, nice feel to the mouth. Pours a cloudy orange red.
Definitely something I could get used to drinking Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2006
I Guess if they called this Balanced Bitter no one would buy it, but that’s exactly what it is. A really tasty beer with plenty of malt body, pillowy white head, some nice citrusy hop flavour. Moderate bitterness with a mild non lingering flavour. Very pale for a supposed bitter, but I’ll let that slide ’cause it’s a damn nice drop. gunnfryd (15097) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2006
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is hoppy. Flavour is hop and some sweetness.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 8, 2006
I wasn’t too impressed with this.I was expecting a brutally bitter beer.It was about an average bitter.Had a decent head.Color a hazy orange amber.Not much aroma.Kind of bubbly tatse wit hops and citrus and bitter.Pretty good beer,but i was hoping for more. yngwie (17102) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2006
Bottled, 0.65ltr. Almost clear, golden beer with an off-white head. Lots of hops in the aroma, which don’t surprise me for a beer of 59 IBU’s. There’s also sugar, pinecones and some citrus. The flavor is a bit one-tracked, with mostly hops, but citrus and sweetness was also present. It feels lightly sticky and sweet in the mouth, quite full-bodied. Long finish with lots of hops. A beer I won’t be refusing to sample again. (060704) runaway (96) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2006
I had a pint of this on tap two weeks ago with lunch at Brouwer’s in Seattle and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised to find a six pack at Big Star Beer Market last Friday.
The bottle (third one, I didn’t take notes the for the first and the second went to a friend) poured a beautiful golden-orange color - evenly clouded, due to fine particulate and a persistent but reasonable carbonation. The moderate white head quickly dispersed into thin patches and minimal lacing. Did I mention the beautiful color? I’d give this a 6 for appearance if I could. The aroma smells sprucey and citrusy.
Light bodied and hoppy, but the sweetness of the malt comes through along with a pleasant spiciness. The hops aren’t overpowering but remind me of an IPA and linger in the long lasting finish. Extremely well balanced. HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Bomber bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thin head that didn’t stick around too long. Mild aroma of flowery hops and a maltiness in the background. Because of the name I was expecting a more hoppy/bitter taste, but this is a well balanced beer. The initial hop taste is immediately mixed with a malt sweetness to nicely balance the flavors. A very enjoyable beer. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2006
from an IM conversation:
(01:32:22) me: wow this beer is so much better than i expected it to be
i haven’t tasted it yet. i figured it’d be another shitty rogue beer that i kinda like. so much more caramel than you’d expect. at this (very cold) temperature it’s almost a barleywine in aroma. not much head, but i love the orange red opaque beer. it looks like what i want my IPAs to look like. up to the light it’s a super late sunset orange. wow, definitely tastes a lot different. way less complex than i was expecting. kinda light bodied, not much happening at all. definitely bitter, but based on smell i wasn’t expecting that. must be some hop i’m not too familiar. crystal the description says. not familiar with it. it might be one of the most straightforward bitter beer i’ve ever had. i have to say i was shocked to see it at 3.75 rating when i logged on - but that was before i even smelled it. if ever ESB was like this i would like the style. this is good. well, 22oz is kinda big. i’m starting to get tired of it and wonder where the complexity is. the more i look, the more bad things i find, like a tiny aluminum taste at the beginning of the finish.