OldMrCrow (2440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
From a bomber.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
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.
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. Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2004
This bitter is alright, can’t say its anything special. It is a little too bitter, it lacks taste, the malts don’t seam to do it any justice, its bitter and a little sour, lacks full body. 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. 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.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Clear Copper colour with good light brown head. well balanced nose with mainly hops with slihgt malt notes. good bitter hop taste with smooth malt finish. good lace Oakes (17685) - 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. DarkElf (3062) - 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.Hanuta06 (469) - Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2013
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)
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. Crit (4011) - 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