argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy deep amber with minimal head. Sweet caramelly aroma, supplemented by sugar cane. The flavor has what the aroma suggests, plus a bit of spiciness so it’s not unbearably sweet. Minimal bitterness, but quite full bodied. Evokes Fuller’s.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The brewer seems to have a house character that I don’t get along with that well...we’re kind of like fake friendly towards eachother. Sweet malting and not much more than that one-dimensionality is what I find. Oh, it’s not bad, and in fact, I think it’s pretty good...I just don’t like it all that much.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium copper color, large head. Complex malt flavor, medium hopped. Malts have a near fruitlike taste (pear?) Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty, very little bitterness. Complex taste, very smooth. Very drinkable. Nice beer.
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Funny story.... I was drinking this beer a couple years back when I was living in Anchorage, and hadn’t heard of it since, until living in Austin and talking to ’aceofhearts’ who reminded me of it. Still haven’t had it since, but remember loving it back then. Would like to get my hands on some again soon (my uncle knows the owner, so that shouldn’t be too hard,:O) ).
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is of malt & honey and is the best aspect of this beer. In the flavor, there is lots of malt, sweetness and oak. It finishes a bit on the sweet side for my taste. A very drinkable beer otherwise.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am more apt to have this beer in my fridge than any other. I have yet to get bored with it despite having consumed substantial amounts over time. Great amber colour, decent palate, wonderfully balanced. Nice hint of roasted malt. The ESB may be just a tad better/more complex but both are highly drinkable perfectly decent brews.
aracauna (3236) - Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Suffers from its proximity to the amber I had at Glacier Brewhouse the day before. Color is a little thin but not as light at some of the poorer excuses for ambers. Taste is the same, not bad, pretty typical, but not outstanding.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
7/19/02: Aroma is mildly caramelly and modestly attractive. Color is a nice amber with just an adequate head. Flavor features a mellow maltiness and nicely rounded body, but is decidedly lacking in meaningful hop profile, which finally joins its malty cohort in the finish. With fairly low carbonation, the lack of hop presence really hurts the balance of this brew. This is very smooth and drinkable but just misses the mark a little. 7/25/02: No changes in judgment. This really does have a nice malt foundation, but is relatively one-dimensional--wish it had a little more complexity and balance.
Andrew196 (1095) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Great for a beer that you can find almost anywhere in the NW. Nice amber color, thick, almost syruppy feel to it. A bit too sweet for my liking though.
2far2care99 (4) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20