Dogbrick (12932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 Can at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar in St. Louis. The beer is a clear dark copper color with a thin and foamy light beige head that burns away steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. The aroma is equally hoppy and malty, along with a hint of fruit. Medium body with a piney hops character and sweet toasted malt and fruit flavors. The finish is moderately hoppy with a lingering bitterness. An interesting sort of hybrid but just a little above average overall. emacgee (4674) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Pours a murky orange amber with creamy sandstone head. Nose is piney nd resinous with lots of bready malt and biscuity character and some malt sweetness. Piney hop bite and slight green astringency. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Super cloudy amber orange with a thick sudsy white head. Nose shows lots of sweet caramel malt, some piney hops, light butter. Flavor is similar with heavy buttery caramel malts, with lots of piney and herbal bitterness in the finish. Oily palate. Seems too heavy for the style and more like an american strong ale. Oh I now I see this a double ESB. Makes sense. Still not a huge fan. phaleslu (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2010
16 oz. can from Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a cloudy, dull amber color with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of piney hops, wood, toasted malts, and wet leaves. Flavor of piney, leafy hops, wood, toasted malts, tea, and rye. Light-medium bodied, with mild carbonation and a leafy mouthfeel. Certainly not as sessionable or easy-drinking as a true English ESB. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Can thanks to LtDan. Really? A 7.3% 93IBU ESB? Pours with a hazed amber-orange hue and a tan head that fades in the time it takes to write this sentence. Aroma of hops: pine, orange peel, toffee and cake. Smells a bit like a faded DIPA. Taste is hoppy, pine, bitter, malty. A bit astringently bitter. Some orange. Kind of a messy/faded IPA more than a bitter, although there is plenty of lingering bitterness. Malt profile is nice though. Bready with some caramel on the finish. Clean on that account. Even if the brewer was going for something else, this comes across as a faded and underattenuated IPA.
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2010
(16oz can thanks to Mora2000) clear rich amber, few khaki bubbles. Nose of melon, light funk, rye, and bready. Taste of bitter pine, unsweet grain, grapefruit rind oils. Soft carbonation with a spicy rye linger. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Pours a lovely hazy brown/orange. Almost pink in certain light. Nice pub ale with a bitter touch and a nice alcohol kick to it. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2010
(can) orange amber with small white head. Piney hop aroma. Flavor is piney hops, biscuit malt. Pretty good, but hardly an ESB. jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2011
From a can poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Bitter hoppy flavor with a lingering finish. coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Can sampled at Magic City Brewfest. Pours orangey amber. Aroma is lots of biscuity malt and some grassy, floral hops. Flavor is well balanced but not particularly "big." Pretty sessionable, except for the highish ABV.