philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 Sierra Nevada Brewing Compan--ESB--Early Spring Beer--2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.90% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.25 / 5.0) ESB--Unfiltered Bottle Conditioned. Loose sediment hint. Big dense mild lace white head. Slightly cloudy fizzy bright rich gold copper hued color. Mild earthy floral hop front. Earthy crusty toasted caramel Maris Otter dry sweet BC ester hint body. English hop spice clean ESB end. Sampled 11/26/2008. 6-Pack--$7.00.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company--ESB--Early Spring Beer--2009
Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.90% ABV--45 IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) ESB--Big dense nucleating lacy rocky off white head. Clear bright thin dark gold amber hint color. Toasted hint earthy herbal hop front. Tangy crisp dry sweet thin textured earthy bitter mild caramel bisquit crusty ESB body. Crisp citrus bitter hop bite end. Sampled 1/28/2009. 6-Pack--$8.49. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Vibrant amber, on the orange side, translucent, large frothy off-white head, decent lacing.   Somewhat fartus malt like presense.   I spoze that would be a bit of sulpher?   A little husky, dank, herbal.
&Nbsp Certainly seems more aromatic than your average ESB.   Malty start, a little biscuity, not as huskish as I would have thought based on the nose.   Even a bit of citrus peel is in there.   Low hop presense.
Definitely biscuity with soft notes of cracked husks and soft orange peel as you reach the backside.   Lingering huskiness and citrus notes.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Certainly one of the more flavorful and
aromatic ESBs I have had in a while.   Fairly decent. beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Bottled. Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Smells of citrus and pine. Moderately bitter and sour, and tastes similar to pine and citrus rind. It finished with a burst of hops and bitters. Decent beer. SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2010 lucent copper, lasting creamy beige head, creamy medium body, med co2.gyllenbock (10034) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
aroma: earthy stale hops, grainy malt, light-struck note, hint of fruitiness.
T1= sweet bready malt.
T2= stale bittering hops, roasted grain.
T3= slight herbal hops.
tastes like strong, stale SN pale ale.
good with fried fish, especially stronger flavored fish.
Slightly hazy copper colored, small white head.
Fresh hoppy floral aroma. Fairly mild flavor with with citrus and resin. Aftertaste was nice and crisp. A nice beer, not too advanced.
jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Slightly hazy amber decent head, some lacing... English malty aroma, not much hops... Very malty, subtle hops, creamy, english... medium bodied, medium mouthfeel... Decent... Nisse666 (8153) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2009
UTS: Kopparfärgad med medellätt krona
S: Humle, någon torkad frukt, danskt rågbröd
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2009
Clear, amber color with brown hues. Medium sized slightly beige head that settles into some lacings.
Some citric and peppery hop aromas, floral notes, fudge, earth and boiled vegetables. Nothing spectacular, and rather week smell, but still kind of good.
The taste is not very powerful, but again, it’s still quite good. I was afraid that there would be lots of flavors of boiled vegetables (considering the smell), but that wasn’t the case. Tasty citric hops quickly develops into a flavor of sweet malts with a gentle caramel character. Some grains, fudge, earth and boiled carrots (but as notes above, the taste of boiled vegetables is neither strong or irritating). Diacetyls are present, but restrained. The finish is gently bitter with bready malts, grass, peppery hops and just a hint of minerals.
Moderate body, quite smooth. Very low, almost too low, carbonation.
Not bad at all, easy to drink and quite refreshing. I could definitely see myself drinking this one again.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review) Unibonger (163) - Mount Shasta, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2009 Lovely hazy amber color when poured, light head retention. Nice balance of the malt and hops on the nose. Very mild ale, the hops and malt don’t over power each other, with hop being the last on the tongue. Good level of carbonation and mouthfeel. (old bottle btw) travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Dark golden to orange in color with an off white head. The smell is malts, floral, fruits, hops, and earthy. The taste is about the same as the smell.