ESB poured a hazel copper color with a medium sized head. The nose was quite hoppy and the hops continue into the first sip. The beer is extremely well balanced (which is the goal of ESBs) and transitions into a very nice, long, slightly dry finish. This is a great beer from Sierra Nevada and I believe that other American Craft Brewers should take note of this beer. It seems like everyone is trying to "outhop" each other and the result is unbalanced beers. I applaud Sierra Nevada for their effort in putting this together.