slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"this is an old standby. always pretty good, never great. nicely balanced, malty brew, with just enough hops to take notice. just about on par with full sail. get it if it’s on sale."
eduardovl (987) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 12 oz bottle served in a Lager glass.
A: Pours a beautiful an absolutely clear copper color forming a small, thin bubbled and creamy beige head. Medium retention and no lacings left in the glass. A thin layer remains on the top for a long time
S: Strong notes of caramel in the nose. Caramel malts, Munich malts. Crispy and bready but a little bit fruity as well. Notes of honey and raisins. Light flowery hops
T: Slightly sweet and toffee upfront. Some notes of caramel, crystal and Munich malts. In overall, a slightly sweet and bready taste which is a bit fruity as well. Reminds a Vienna Lager. More to a Lager than to an Ale, IMHO. Very mild hoppy bitterness in the end
M: Light, smooth and a bit molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Caramel and sweet malts in the aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. A bit too sweet. Nevertheless, quite pleasant, smooth and easy drinking. Recommended
[ BA Review @ 4/25/2014 ]
melush (1030) - SPAIN - OCT 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella de 35,5 cl, adquirida en Drinks of the World, Ginebra. Color ambar. Sabor a malta, caramelo, afrutado, muy ligeramente a levadura.
574deadzone (1111) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crystal clear amber-stained wood color with a fair beige head that settles to a thick film and leaves some touches of soapy lace. Nose involves cherry, date bread, some toasted malt, some green herbal hops, some crusty bread dough. Decently sweet, somewhat bitter. Medium to light body, creamy, fluffy, decent action, finishing toasty, fruity, and dry. Cool brew. In some ways, kind of average with a somewhat muted nose and milder flavor, but in other ways it has some nice character, especially on the palate. Over all, it’s quite enjoyable, priced right, and I would grab more next time I’m in MIchigan.
MRodgers1982 (101) - USA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really good beer, perfect for the style of Alt. Rich amber color good malty brew, and finishes dry and slightly bitter from hops.
gad905 (184) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Keg at Aces & Ales, Las Vegas. Clear amber, dying head. Aroma of caramel malts, light woody hops, touch of citrus. Not very intense flavour, some caramel, touch of nuttiness, some hop bitterness. Just kinda bland.
Oakes (12849) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2014
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Er, candy. This is very candyish, cloying, bubblegum, there is just not a lot of nuance here. Amber colour. Not my thing at all.
BigBeer45 (1282) - Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a bottle bought at Champanes,
this ale had a clear bright red pour with faded brown hues at the sides of the glass, it had an initial two to three finger faint off-white cover from the pour and lowered to thin layer of bubbles with a bit of open area but was lasting, there was no sediment in the bottle,
the nose had earth and toasted malt with notes that were similar to melanoidins, faint chocolate and caramel like notes with light citrus hops,
some brown sugar and hard candy like sweetness,
the flavors of were similar to the aroma but less sweet and a touch more hops, melanoidins, dark toasted malt notes, brown sugar and caramel, the finish had a light hop bitterness with some malt sweetness trailing,
the mouth feel was light and a little creamy with average carbonation,
a good altbier style drink, it had nice dark malt notes with some earth notes and melanoidins with faint hops, this is a very nice drink.
Encinitas101 (12) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz from grocery store. This is a Vito fav for ambers. Light but malty, slightly sweet but not cloy like. Could drink 1000 of these. Had these all day on cruise ship up there, turned me on to this style. Love it
teromous (91) - - SEP 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle says 092614 (best before the 26 this month?)
Appearance: Hazy dark ruby brown body that allows shadows through. Slim white head, and spotty lacing.
Aroma: Slightly metallic and acrid. Faint caramel.
Taste: Sweet caramel flavor that is very nice. A hint of alcohol in there.
Palate: Light in body and moderately low carbonation. Clean finish.
Overall: Pretty good beer. Nice and refreshing but not much flavor. Not one I would get excited to see on a shelf, but it was worth trying to see what beers are coming out of Alaska.