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Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2009
Pale light orangey gold with a glazed clear body and slow rising carbonation within. Medium cap of dull white foam thats firmly fluffy sits for a brief while before it stays at its thick skim and fluffy thin collar. Nicely sheeting and thick lace coats the glass.

Aroma is pretty solid for an ESB, actually about what I'd expect. Dry, toasted, with a great citrus squeezed sense of woodish hops and pine.

Taste is well-balanced, always present, and active. Lightly parched grapefruit and toasted grains upfront, middle is wet and biscuity, woodish, and light earthy grains bring in a burntish tinge. Finish brings about another perk of hops as it grabs the toasty stuff and runs with it adding piney dried hops with just a smidgeon of dulled fruity peaches and lemon. Stays dry and tender with a wonderfully light toastness. Vienna malts seem to be the cause to its overall character. Yum.

Feel is about medium to light but builds pretty quickly and boldy into the finsih where it really takes a great glide across a toasted, grainy, lightly, perfect, dry tone as it finishes.

Wow, this escaped me for so long, glad I decided to grab it. Another Avery keeper. A very good ESB. And at only 5.1% this could be one to drink for a while longer then two or three.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 0
Originally reviewed 07/13/06

Poured into standard pint.

A - Cloudy light orange, hazy and unfiltered looking. Beige head quickly cut from two fingers to one.

S - English bittering hops and sweet malts.

T - Creamy light and almost refreshing. Not a ton of flavor. Bittering hops hit first and then are quickly balanced with a sweet, malt taste. ok

M - Nice and creamy, this might be the best part as with many ESBs. Might be a little thin for my taste.

D - Drinkable, but I wouldn't see myself choosing to drink too many. Maybe a beer to have while mowing the lawn.

Served In: Pint Glass

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