hopnpop (73) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2003
An awesome pour! Sweet malt aroma. Very nicely balanced flavor, but a little too sweet for my preference. Interesting coffee like aftertaste. Overall pleasant and very high quality but just too sweet for me to crave again. jgb9348 (6477) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Amber in colour, maybe a bit darker than a normal amber, but looks great. Frothy off-white head which seems to be lasting for a while. The smell is simply stated: great. Definately hoppy and also a bit sweet with grape essences. Great balance of hops and malt with this one in the taste. Medium bodied, not too many other flavours in the palate aside from malt and hops though. The aftertaste is dry and bittering, but that's the beauty of it! A well done bitter, definately one of the better representations of the style. I bought this in a 12 ounce bottle at Total Wine in Manassas, Virginia. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Once again, yet another typical amber. I don't quite see what people see in this beer, other than that it has a fairly substantial malt backbone. It's bitterness is so considerable, though, that it's more in the style of an IPA. Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
This beer pours out a rich, amber color with a thick, foamy head that dwindles slowly, leaving a nice lace on the sides of the
glass. The Goldings hop aroma is rich in it's own right. I tasted lots of caramel and other flavors in this exceptional ale.It is a
complex, malty beast that other micros only hope to be. A slight fruit finish tops off this delicious brew. 2 thumbs up on this one.
Try it for yourself. Rib Eye (148) - USA - APR 29, 2003
Troegs accomplishes the amazing feat of brewing quintessential examples of every style they try. This bitter is very well balanced with a soft malt profile and spicy hop accents . Not my fave style or fave brew from Troegs, but really, really well done and a fresh take on the style. Like all Troegs it's not pasteurized so the clean, fresh, bready flavors really shine through.
fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2003
This is a pretty good ESB. It has a strong hop presence but doesn't cross the line like an IPA. I could easily toss down a couple of these. Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2003
A decent ESB but nothing to go "hooting and hollaring" over. Nice amber color with a white head and nice sharp hoppiness that isn't too everboard. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2002
Light amber color, decent off-white head. Grassy aroma of Goldings hops. Grainy, caramel flavor, followed by earthy hops. Tasted very young, that is, there was a sharpness to the flavors, rather than a mellow blend. Decent mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good ESB, but not on the same level as Fullers or Rogue. CherokeeJarod (54) - , USA - DEC 20, 2002
This beer poured an amber color into the glass. The head was creamy and dense but seemed to disappear rather quickly. It did leave some lace behind, but nothing spectacular. The aroma shows hints of hops, fruit and malt. The taste was not bold but rater interesting and clean. Simple. The tastes of malt (sweet) and fruit, prunes or raisins, seemed to dance back and forth in the beginning. It finishes a little bitter with the hops. They seem to take you from sip to sip.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Rerate: Had another bottle of this my pal brought from NJ. Much better than I remember. I think having it directly after the Stoudt's last time kind of ruined the taste. Malty fruitiness is much more pronounced than I recalled. Rad. OLD:Decent, but uninspired. The characteristic floral smell is pretty much non-existent. Body is lighter than I expected, without much bitterness to speak of. OK, but just buy something else.