RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Our ESB starts with a lightly fruity, mildly sweet aroma. This comes from the unique English yeast chosen for fermentation and from the UK Goldings hops used in conditioning (dry hops). The bitterness of the hops greets the palate first, but the taste carries on to well-rounded carmel/toffee/biscuit maltiness. Imported malts as well as hops were chosen for brewing, and the blance between them defines this delicious brew. The aftertaste lingers, continuing the interplay of sweet-fruity-bitter...

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (9985) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tap at the brewpub. Clear orange pour with minimal white head. Nose of earthy/grassy hop. Smooth but lighter palate. Earthy hop flavor, grassy, some caramel. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nuplastikk (5960) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Draft. Unfiltered orange. Thin, oily head. Mellow, malty non-aroma. This one is pretty sub-par, some buttery tones, with some fruity English yeast flavors as well. Drinkable, but fails to capture the essence of the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2011
Draft at Vintage. Pours a deep reddish copper with a sticky head. Nose is soft English hops and caramel malt. Slight vegetal note as well. On taste, the vegetal notes distract from the pleasing balanced malt bill. Some toffee and fresh Goldings build a solid profile, but the vegetal notes are just too distracting. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2010
On tap at Vintage. Poured clear light-medium golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up fresh lemon zest and floral hoppage over honey and pale malts.. a little bit of green apple on the back.. not as good when it warmed up. The flavor found semi-sweet pale, bread, and honeyed malts at the core.. dry floral and earthy bitterness surrounded.. a touch of vegetal character on the back-end. Medium-bodied at most on the palate, and on the dry side.. OK feel and flow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5834) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2010
On draught at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden amber colored brew with hint of copper highlights. Head is thick and slowly dissipating that leaves some excellent lacing. Aroma has a nice balance of fruity and citrus, a hint of cotton candy and multi-grain malt. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of dry roasted multi-grain malt, dried apples, with some mild bitterness. Finish is semi-dry and continues the mild bitterness with some biscuit malt aftertaste. A solid ESB throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at brewpub
Sample number two was a beer that caught my eye at the festival. Due to time constraints (and the knowledge it was here) I never got around to getting a pour. I wish I would have snagged one as I was leaving. Light and refreshing it has a good balance of flavor that does not cling to the palate but doesnt bore you either. This is one of those fallback safe beers that every brewpub should offer.

Aroma / Appearance - Semi-transparent coppery fluid swirls around the rim with a little ring of head. Mellow caramel chews and rosy hints brighten up the afternoon. Low key and easy on the senses it still has some backbone.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy hops begin the party with a bang. Its not like an IPA but the noble hops liven up the tongue and throat. Butterscotch, caramel, and toffee make it well rounded. The finish leaves an impression that is good enough to remember. However it doesnt fatigue the palate such that the remainder of the samples were not enjoyable either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3225) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
On tap at the brewpub - Pours deep amber with a nice off-white creamy head. Doughy and bready malt on the nose, with light spicy hops, light fruitiness, and a touch of lemon. Taste is light malt with faint sweetness and perfumy, floral hops on the finish. Pretty harsh carbonation when cold that never really stops attacking the mouth. Distracts a lot from the experience. This is decent, but I would have liked more malt presence, especially the caramel/toffee/biscuit notes from the description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2010
On tap at Vintage. Liitle head with very nice lacing. Clear, dark golden coloring. Smells like a dill pickle and pepper. Reminds me of a bloody mary in beer form. Tastes just like it smells. Very interesting!!

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