Goodgrief (2039) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Poured a golden brown with a nice head and nice lacing. Malty taste with sweet caramelly backbone ending with a surprisingly hoppy finish...much hoppier than other ESB’s I’ve had. It almost tasted like a hoppier than normal English Pale Ale more than an ESB. Very good and well balanced brew! JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Golden-amber color with a nice head. Aroma of caramel and some light UK hops. Flavor is light on the hops, but quality malts bring this one around. Solid ESB. jcwattsrugger (12450) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2007
on tap-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, faint bitter hops. Taste is medium malt-caramel, bitter hops. OK carbonation. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Draught at Royersford. Clear, rust-colored body with a sudsy off-white head. Sweet caramel and toffee aromas with light tobacco tones. Flavor is drier and more bitter than expected. Has dominent qualities of roasted grain and burnt nuts. Rather astringent and hard to drink. Disappointing. Probably my worst encounter with a Sly Fox beer. Let’s hope this is an anomaly. Disappointing .
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2006
On tap at Hop Devil, Manhattan...This beer was very malty, with a dry, yet woody finish. There’s not much else to wirte about it. It was pretty good, in that it was well-balanced and easy-to-drink, but the flavor was not very complex at all. Not very bitter. The malts made it a little mild, actually.
notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Tap at HDG - yup, that’s an esb alright - that was pretty much my reaction - but I could really see myself downing a few pints of this, so that is to their credit - semi-dry, medium hop profile, and a nice herbal, almost tea-like flavor, make this one sessionable ale - and really, from an ESB, what more can you ask? TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Pours a translucent orange/copper/amber with a medium off white creamy head. Aroma was on the light side compared to the flavor. Picking up some toffee, sweet grainy malts, hints of fruity esters. Flavor was toasty, nutty with a touch of hop bitterness. Also getting some caramel, toffee and grapefruit. Kind of reminded me a thinner porter with some chocolate in there. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2006
sample at SFPN, Andy’s. relatively clear amber with a medium head. Aroma is spicy/floral hops and sweet malt. Taste is the same with a lightly bitter finish. made well to style. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Draught at Brewery: Smells malty and sweet, but also has a floral hop nose too. Earthy presence of the Goldings as well. Poured brown in color. Small, off-white head diminished. Good lacing. Clear. Flavor was bitter and crisp. Moderatly bitter, but not swet. Bitter finish of a long duration. Earthy and caramel flavors in the bitterness. Dry. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Overall, a good ESB. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Taster on tap at brewpub. Dark amber color, light sweet aroma. Roasted malt taste....very malty. Has a nice balance, not too sweet at all for as much malt as you can taste. Smooth finish.