henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2006
The 22 oz. bottle poured a hazy dark apricot colored beverage with a nice creamy smooth white head that was mostly lasting and left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of cookie dough malt and grassy hops with leather and earthy yeast notes. It had a big body with lively carbonation and a very dry texture. The flavor starts off somewhat bitter without being overbearing. The finish was long and the bitterness built steadily throughout. There was an alcohol warmth in the finish along with a moderate astringency. OldMrCrow (2444) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2006
From a 22oz bottle.jake65 (3978) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2006
Pours light orange with a fluffy off-white head; the aroma is doughy, slightly sour/grassy in nice hoppy way, with the yeast prominant on the nose.
Unfortunately, the flavor comes off as overly strong for the style; this one comes close to an IPA in the hop profile. The 100% crystal hops are a bit salty and a bit astringent; heavy carbonation and unconcealed alcohol heat (at only 6.2%!) add to the spicy profile and take this quite a far distance from a thirst quenching session ESB.
It’s a well made beer, and an interesting beer, but it doesn’t necessarily fulfill the role I’d say is classically assigned to a premium bitter. Leaving behind stylistic preconceptions and taking it as its own beast, I quite like it (even if it is too salty).
Very tasty ESB brew, one of my favorites for sure. Taste is a vety balanced hoppiness (not brutal), some hints of maltiness, floral, and fruity. That lingering sense of grapefruit comes to mind. Solid taste throughout the glass. Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2006
Clear orangy amber with an average beige head. It’s a decent bitter but there’s nothing brutal about it. I was hoping it would be hoppier considering the name. Lowe1983 (1609) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
Pours a darker golden color with think white head. Aroma is sweet with citrus and hops. Flavor starts off sweet with fruits and citrus flavors. Finishes with slight hops, not as much as I was hoping for. A little dissapointed with this Rogue brew but still a decent Bitter.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Not what I expected, but great. Flavor is big on citrus with that hop tanginess, but it doesn’t overpower. Instead it’s complimented by some malt, and the whole package goes down smooth with a clean follow. Verges close to IPA territory, but stands firmly apart. Good stuff. hurleymanvw (101) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Hazy orange in color with a nice head. Nice malt flavor with a good bitter bite. Not too bitter but very drinkable...good finish. Boutip (6432) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle: Poured a light hazy brown color ale with a huge bubbly head with slightly better then average retention. Aroma of cirtusy hops is clearly dominant. Taste is huge on cirtusy hops, which provide some bitterness, but is well back by some malt. This beer really seems to be halfway between an ESB and an IPA. Interesting and would definitely like top try this again. Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2006
pours out of the bottle a pleasant yet murky tangerine with blankets of thin white paisley heads on the surface and thin bubbly white froth around the rim. the odor is distinctively hoppy, with a hint of citrus. the simple, blunt aroma masks the bevy of tastes to come. bittersweet chocolate, acidic coffee, grapefruit and pine. The bitterness is solid but kind of hides throughout beneath the other flavors. finishes forcefully ALL bitter then the shock plateaus out until the aftertaste is gone. I’m not sure my palate was pleased by this concoction, but it was certainly interested and surprised. worth a try. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2006
From the bottle, pours a hazy, light orange color with a thin white head that disperses quickly but stays around the edges. Smells malty, with some floral hops. Spices and grapefruit? fills out the nose. Tastes surprisingly sweet. Lemons, but not as bitter, some cloves and other spices that are sweet at first, but finish quite bitter like the name suggests. I’m really not sure if I like this beer or not.