Glibbidy sent these well-travelled bottles my way (Thanks!)
This is a pretty complex brew: slightly cloudy amber color, nice head & carbonation.
Not too much hop aroma but a very nice hop flavor (EKG?) followed by a very sweet malty finish--typical ESB maltiness on steroids. I think this ESB has a high amount of flavor hops but is fairly modest on the bitterness--not like anything I've ever had befor, really. One 22ozer was very nice, but I don't think I could drink a lot of these due to the sweetness and heavy mouthfeel.
I really liked this: a nice change of pace from typical American IPAs which are about the hops and only the hops.
Orange amber color, plenty of well-retained head: carbonation was about perfect. Earthy, woody hops aroma and flavor up front. Not very bitter by American IPA standards. Slightly heavy mouthfeel, nice touch of maltiness in the finish, a bit on the nutty side (maybe from the yeast? Not sure about that--I'm sure this is *not* made with a neutral 1056-type yeast).
Some would call this IPA whimpy but I really like it--very English in style.
Glibbity--do you know what yeasts are used in these beers?
Bottle conditioning: Robust Porter
Drinking: Saison Dupont clone, tripel
Coming soon: Columbus APA, Rich Red ale