RATINGS: 19   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3635) - 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (3230) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Draft @ Vintage. This is a very solid beer. Lots of grassy citrus hops. Bready and malty. Overall, great!

   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!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rubbishystuff (2487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2017
At Brewpub. Decent beer, would have liked to have seen more malt to balance the hops. Serving: Tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Thirsty Troll Brew Fest. Pour is amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows toffee covered biscuits as well as some nice floral hops. Flavor shows the same with an underlying grassy/herbal quality thats not overbearing, but definately present. Overall body is light to moderate, crisp, and finishes with light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Sample size at the brewpub. This is another that just isnt my style. good enough, but I will always take something else.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 Clear gold with thin head. Light sweet malt aroma, my nose is stuffy though. Moderate malt flavor with good hop flavor, resin . Medium body, moderate bitterness. Im not a ESB fan, so discount my rating. This is drinkable though.

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