RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Full and complex maltiness balances bold hop flavors and aromas

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Hanuta06 (488) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Serving: from tap at Snipes Mountain Microbrewery and Restaurant

Aroma: none detected.

Appearance: average-sized, creamy, off-white, initial head with good lacing and mostly diminishing longevity. Clear, dark-amber body.

Taste: moderate caramel malt, lightly sweet initial flavor and finish with average duration.

Palate: medium body with oily texture and soft carbonation.

Overall: very good. Unique taste.

ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Not sure if this is the right beer. On tap as a special bitter at the brewpub. Pours a nice hazy dark gold color with a thin white head. Aroma is a little malt but has a nice citrus hop kick. Flavor is pleasantly bitter with a nice malt balance. Good beer.

BillKismet (4146) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Bronze color with decent head. Don’t detect the subtle flavors advertised for the beer in the brewery. A mid-range, but unspectacular IPA/APA straddler that they cal an ESB.

OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
From a bomber.

Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a big robust head. The very nice aroma is dominated by soft fruit (pear and mild grapefruit) and brown sugar malts. The flavor

The flavor is rich and malty, but not overly so, and the fruity hops (hinting at times at an almost barleywine complexity) come in to balance the whole thing out in a very nice way. The beer is not too sweet, not to bitter, with a gentle chalky aftertaste that I find quite pleasant. The mouthfeel seems spot-on for the style.

I like this beer, and it could easily become a session regular for me, especially if available in 12oz form. I can understand why this one is getting more low threes than high threes, but it’s hard for me to understand the really low ratings that it is receiving. Perhaps the quality has improved this year? I don’t know.

Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2006
Mahogany with an off-white head. No lacing. Bitter and roasty aromas with hints of caramel. Toasted malt flavors with bitter hops. Slightly fruity. Standard ESB.

glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2006
Hazy reddish orange. Medium head. Light sweet aroma. Very solid beer....Very balanced with good presence by both hops and malt. Bitter to begin, but mellows quickly. Very nice drinking beer.

harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
This is just a really basic esb, it is quite easy to drink and is not overly tasty as it is not really bad either. Somewhere inbetween, with some caramel maltiness, earthy bitter hops, creamy on the palate, with a harsh dry finish.

DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - DEC 29, 2005
28-Dec-05 (22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks André!) I’m very happy to have a fresh bottle because boy, that first bottle was a total disaster. Popping the cap, there was no "Michael Bay" explosion, and it didn’t foam up when pouring the beer. And no soapiness or overripe apples in the flavor. No, instead, this is a healthy beer, and very tasty indeed. Up front, there’s lots of toast, mildly roasty and lightly sweet maltiness and a touch of caramel, with a moderately bitter and slightly citrusy hoppiness kicking in the midpoint that easily balances the ample malt and finishes with dominance. The beer is good out of the fridge, but is still very flavorful and enjoyable at room temperature as well. There is also a slight chalkiness to the flavor and mouthfeel. Body is medium, but shows no signs of thinning in the finish. Carbonation is solid but gentle on the palate. The nose is lightly malty, hoppy and somewhat dusty, but doesn’t impress as much as the flavor. Fairly hazy amber body is crowned by an inch of very bubbly, off-white head. Overall, with the assertive malt character and snappy hop bite, it’s a west coast ESB through and through. Definitely worth of the effort to get a second bottle.

18-Oct-05 (22 oz bottle: $3.29 at John’s Marketplace in Portland, OR) We have two problems with this bottle of beer. First is the insane amount of carbonation. This beer is so overcarbonated, I scoop all the light-tan head out of my pint glass, and the head builds right back up again. It’s like the magician pulling the handkerchief out of his pocket. And then my taking a small sip of the beer results in an explosion inside my mouth. The second problem is the intense soapiness of the aroma. This is about as strong a soapiness as I can remember in any beer, and it’s almost unbearable. Fortunately, the flavor isn’t as bad, perhaps because the malt flavor of this beer is strong enough to overcome the soapiness to some degree. Nevertheless, this really isn’t drinkable, and I’ll have to obtain a new bottle if at all possible. (2, 2, 4, 2, 7 = 1.7)

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Bottle: Copper amber, moderate to large off-white head, foamy, fairly nice lacing, a few strong streams of carbonation.   Slight grainy aroma, a bit sweet perhaps, with a touch of diaceytl.   Malty start, earthy, somewhat grainy, but fortunately not as buttery as the nose hinted.   This one is fairly robust for an ESB.   Minor apple skin and hop bitterness at the finish.   Body is quite full, mouthfeel is moderate tho.   Lingering metallics and/or strong earthy notes after the finish.   Could stand to have a cleaner finish.   Overall, not too shabby.

Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2005
Dirty copper color, white head. Touches of caramel and malt. Pretty straight foward midle ofthe road ESB.

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