Oakes (18517) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
Brilliant orange-brown colour. Aroma of fresh crystal malt, toast, demerara sugar, earthy hops, whiffs of cigar smoke and olive oil...shall I continue? Toasty palate, with breadcrust, light demerara, woody/mushroomy/earthy hops. Moderate bitterness. Very well balanced, just gorgeous stuff. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 9, 2009
On tap at the Port Pub, sampled 10/4/08. Red/brown/amber colour with a fully lasting frothy tan head. Earthy, bready, fruity, citrus, and lightyl woody and piny aroma. Earthy and bready malts with a long lingering earthy, woody, piny, and citrusy bitter finish. Medium bodied, firm and even a bit chewy mouthfeel. Stunningly well made and possibly the best bitter/ESB I’ve ever had.
Beer_rel_goals (14) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2016
As an add-on, a couple of samples from the bottle have made my opinion of this beer soar even higher. While I expected the bottles might not live up to the pub sampling, my experience has been the opposite. The numbers above reflect my pub rating, but this may well be the best beer made in this province right now.
Tinnie bought from brewery shop. Tasty with a lingering bitterness. Good take on ESB style GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of tuqueboy - thanks, Josh! A very fresh bottle, received by Josh from the brewery just a few days before he passed it on to me. Dark and clear amber-orange with a nice and creamy head. Both aroma and flavour have a great balance of malt that is both sweet (esp. toffee) and bready, and zingy, slightly citric hops. Hops build nicely as it warms, almost pushing into IPA land by the time I finish the bottle. Fine stuff indeed, very solid and sessionable. beernbourbon (1600) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bottle. Pour is hazy copper with large beige rocky head. Aroma is quite nice; citrus hops with a malt backbone. very clean smell with notes of orange and maybe a touch of metal. Flavor is slight acidic malt with a nice hoopy finish. the lingering flavors are honey, malt, orange, and faint hop resin. Nice beer, better than expected.
Hidden_Pooch (518) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
I had fun with this little bitter. Pours a clear amber, with yes a weird little head. Aroma was of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and pine. Tasted woody, toffee, pine, and biscuit. Very unique taste and very memorable. Had a medium smooth body with low carbonation and malt bitter aftertaste. Haven’t had a ESB for a while now and glad I tried this one. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
Clear dark amber with spleididly creamy beige head. Another one with grain aromas so fresh it leaps from the glass and bursts with barley. Soft creamy sublime mouthfeel. Incredibly fresh! Great balance, great roasted subtlety. Gorgeous. JoeMcPhee (9516) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
Deep amber beer with a thin white head. Sort of rocky/chunky in appearance. Fairly spicy hop nose over some biscuity/caramelly malts. Nice sweetness with a bit of orange peel flavour and a lingering hoppy finish. A bit of resinousness on the back. It’s quite a lovely ESB. Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 1L growler. Rich frothy head havig auburn colour. really hoppy on the nose, nice citrus notes and fresh pine cones, it also has a sort of creamy, frothy essence., it is fairly bitter on the palate with pine cones and an almost citrus notes. very nice stuff. one of my favorites in the province. Especially considering it is supposed to be an ESB. BrewGoblin (632) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - OCT 29, 2014
A banger ESB from N.S.! I am loving these Sea Level brews. My only complaint is that they fill their cans a wee bit high and the carbonation is always a bit low. For this style though, it fits the bill and works well. Light copper with a fine lacing white head, notes of earthy hops, caramel, honey and cereal. A great flavour that starts heavy on the sweet malt side and transitions into a bitter beast that makes you crave the sweetness again. Soft carbonation with a lightly oily medium-full body, a delicious brew that I would session with alacrity.