WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 OK, I’m puzzled by the favorable reviews. A great amber color, with almost no head, and even the lace vanishes. Mouth is thin and astringent. Taste is very light, a little malt, adequately hopped. Pretty much an uninteresting brew, with a slightly off finish. // rerated ... new bottle, new batch ... Rich golden color, good head, dry and astringent, with a nutmeg and spruce kind of touch behind the malt and hops.//Tried again, draft in Phoenix. Even more annoyingly astringent than I remember.
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Its what the name implys- A good Amber ale! Good and drinkable, carmel malt add a slight sweetness to the beer. Well balanced.You owe it to yourself to have one!
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely mellow and quite good. Some mild bitterness towards the end, but well balanced in hoppiness. Very drinkable. Thanks to harlequinn for this one.
drywallman (338) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Most significant was the 'full' sweet malt burst at the beginning, which cleanly subsided. This was followed by a gradual bittering (grassy)hop build up and a clean non bitey finish. Probably drank 8-10 of these during my recent fishing trip in W
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber color,small fast fading off white head.Malty,sweet aroma,Malty taste slight bitter side mildly hopped with a malt after taste and faint hops in the after taste as well.The alcohol seems to peek through from time to time in the taste and faintly in the going down a slight burn.Still a fairly good brew.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2003 On tap at airport bar in Seattle...Malty nose, thin bodied with a small hop bite at the end.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice malty aroma, slightly sweet. Light bitter hops. Smells like an altbier. Coppery clear with light tan head that dissipates quickly. Medium body with light-med carb - smooth drinking. Muted maltiness up front & a bit of sweetness. Gives way to mild nutty bitter finish and after. Dry and refreshing. A nice beer.
PorterPounder (5952) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 Rerate Had again up in Alaska - much fresher and it is a style I am really beginning to appreciate with is subtleness and sweet bitterness Original 3.5Had on tap at the Copper Sky Grill in Seattle. Has a pleasant, sparkly light copper appearance with a decent off white head with a wee bit of lacing. No real noticeable aroma. Has a bit of an sweet caramel flavor to it - very drinkable. One of the best Alts I have had. Loses a bit of its luster near the end however.
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with a beige, rocky head that dissapated into a thin layer after a minute. Deep reddish-amber color. Noticable spicy-citrusy hop bouquet and flavor with a mellow bitterness (Cascade?). Malty-caramelly nose with a hint of toasted grain; subtle alcohol. Medium bodied with a very slight astringency mid-palate to finish. Flavor starts with a malt sweetness that follows all the way to the finish; esters (fruitiness) emerge mid-palate and finishes with toasty notes and a yeasty-bready aftertaste. A nicely balanced brew; flavorful yet easy drinking and refreshing.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A souvenir brought back by a friend from his Alaska vacation. Poured a pure amber color, had a rapidly diminishing white head. Citrus and a slight alcohol aroma. Slightly hoppy, sour flavor with plenty of malt to balance it off. I definitely enjoyed this, though I found the Summer Ale to be a bit more tasty. The Alaskan Brewing Company hasn't let me down yet!