Oakes (19341) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2005
Bright copper colour. Slightly earthy, fruity (grape, apple). Diacetyl aroma. Quite sweet brown sugar character. Hints of iron. Slight earthy note in the finish. 5000 (6900) - 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. TimE (6259) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2004
A light brown color and has a lightly hopped body, but not so well balanced. Third beer from this brewery, all lack luster. Three strikes, now there out in my books. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Sampled draught at Snipes Mountain Brewpub in Sunnywide, WAbeerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Copper color, white head, light lacing. Nose of creamy malts, bread and starch. The flavor is lightly hoppy with a nice body. Finishes creamy, nice.
Medium red copper color. Medium head. Aroma is malty with a touch of fruit. A medium bodied ESB. Malts are slightly nutty and slightly sweet. Hops are spicy and somewhat bitter. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
IndianaRed (5120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear redish amber with a very small off white head. Subtle hops, cider, malt aromas. Flavors are flat, straight forwardly bitter and somewhat sour. Yes the feel and body is quite thin and boring. A thin bitter sour woody taste is all thats left. A bit dissapointing. BillKismet (4165) - 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. Crit (4099) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2003
Light brown, beige head. Good carmel malt and hop nose. Well hopped for the style with lots of balancing malt 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.beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2004
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)
Pours a dark red with a beige head. Aroma mostly dominated by citrus hops and sweet malt. Taste is bitter and fruity, but a thin body really spoiled this brew.