ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2010
LOL. Who put this in as an ESB? Big hoppy nose, lots of crystal malt and citrus hops. Taste is very sweet, moderately bitter, lots of citrus hops, lots of crystal malt/ice tea and caramel. Meh. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Golenish pour. White head. Boring caramel and lightly fruity arom and flavor. Very light bitter note. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2011
can shared during AZRBWG. Pour is deep gold with a white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, light toast, and stale grassy hops. Flavor shows pretty much the same with some underlying citrus and paper. kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2011
16 oz can. Pours a clear dark copper body with a nice frothy one inch beige head that had decent retention. The nose is about half right, the hops are fairly decent: English, leafy, pretty fresh. The malt is a bit off though, it’s too sweet, too heavily dependent on crystal malt. Not very ESB like at all. The flavor is much the same. The hops fit the bill pretty well, but when it comes to the malt it’s just a little too Americanized. Medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. The iced tea/ brown sugar like sweetness lingers a bit too long, outlasting the hops by far. It wasn’t a real chore to drink a whole can of this, but not something I’d buy again. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Pours a very hazy and very dark amber/copper color with burnt orange hues when held to a light and a 2.5 finger frothy light beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves large streaks of soapy lacing behind.
Sweet, slightly earthy aroma with a balance of floral hops and dark malt notes. There’s a faint citrus presence with hints of pineapple and grapefruit but the hops mostly give off floral pine notes. The malt character is prominent in the nose with hints of caramel, nut and biscuit. The citrus notes become more evident as it warms but it still smells a bit malt heavy for my liking.
Medium bodied with a much stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests. There’s a nice dry, bitter hop bite up front that lingers throughout over the sweet malt backbone into a spicy dry finish. Oily and sticky with a prominent pine needle flavor that overpowers some subtle citrus notes. Underneath, there is strong malt backbone that provides some sweetness for balance. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit but the hop presence is most prominent. The ABV is well masked but overall it’s a bit one note in the hop profile and I would have preferred if the malt presence was a bit stronger. This is supposed to be an imperial ESB but it tastes more like an overly malty DIPA.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2011
A better of the Tallgrass Brewery products, I don’t think these beers are as hoppy as Jeff’s believes, certainly not over the top as the description describes, but this one was decent at best. I’m not sure if this is or should be classified as an ESB, but for $3 a can, from vintage Estates, I’m done with this brewery.