michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Great beer, but more of an IPA than an ESP. Smooth hoppy palate with a very hoppy aftertaste. monkeyman (57) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Best by April 2003. Nice off-white rocky head with an odd waxiness (residual oiliness from too long a boil after dry-hopping?) and big fat malty profile. If the waxy appearance of the head was from dry hopping, not much hop character. Overall, a pleasant experience.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2003
I admire this brewery, but in a head to head with Avery Redpoint, this loses big. None of the tempering hoppiness: just big, sweet malt missing floral or citric notes for relief. Interested to try their new unpasteurized version. jodofo (2) - Merchantville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2003 does not count
I'm not one for an overly bitter beer, and this one tasted good. The bitter was there, but not overpowering. Smelled and looked good, went down pleasingly. jgb9348 (6281) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Dark copper in colour, slightly off-white head. Very floral smell with some detectable pepper. Nothing in the taste at all. Very band contrary to the smell. This must have something to do with Stoudt's....their beer seems very bland. Too bad that the beer doesn't taste as good as it looks and smells!
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Hazy copper color with a small off white head , mild hop flowery and caremel malt aroma. Caremel malty flavor with a nice mild hop bitterness, medium body with a creamy soft mouthfeel, fishes with a very dry bitterness, not a bad ESB, IMHO not the best, still drinkable. amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Little head from the beer but has quite a bit of carbonation. Aroma is light hopps a seems sweet. The yaste is just as it smells. Color is murky orange /red. Good average american beer. ProstmanSux (102) - Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2002
mildly bitterred ale that has a english taste. Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2002
Decent head from the pour. Frothy and lingers for a little while. Initial aroma of black cherry? Hops present also. Excellent orange/red color. Bitter taste that is seems slightly off to me. Maybe a little to flowery. Mild bitter finish with a strangely floral aftertaste that lingers a little to long. A different and good brew but I don’t think that I would want to drink it all the time bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2002
I didn’t find this to be especially bitter - in fact I really enjoyed drinking it, and I don’t usually enjoy the ESB’s. Nice balance of hops and spice.