Ron (2818) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I think this was my 1st alt style beer and it took a bottle to get used to it. The 2nd and 3rd bottles were much better. Creamy with good carbonation. Tried while in California.
jb (2369) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color, off white head, spices in aroma. Creamy palate with toasted malt flavor. I very much enjoyed this though I don’t recall what the alt style is supposed to be like.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - APR 23, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Very malty, caramel taste. Rich, creamy finish with almost no aftertaste. Lack of a hoppy finish was disappointing. thought it could have used more depth in the flavor and was a bit sweet.
amnoisis (4) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - APR 22, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite amber so far. Sharp and crisp with nice toasty maltiness. Pours a deep amber and has an extremely pleasant nose. No overpowering aftertaste, even at the end of the bottle. Very light hops flavor. I liked the high carbonation level and balance. Very good beer for beginners or experienced hop-heads.
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color, almost coppery, clear with lots of bubbles, and a compact white head that didn’t leave much lacing behind. Aroma is malty and very fruity, and I found it to be extremely pleasant. Flavor is very sweet, a bit of bitterness in the finish, but it doesn’t overpower the sweetness. Good balance between maltiness and the light fruity flavors, not much hoppiness. Mouthfeel is about right, but I thought its carbonation level was too high, I had bubbles crawling through my mouth. Overall, a respectable brew.
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Thanks to jsquire for sharing. Small tan head that was mostly lasting, fine-small sized bubbles, sparse lacing, carbonated, transparent, and a dark copper hue. Malty, caramel, sweet, and light hop aroma. Flavor was sweet, malty and hoppy. Tingly palate. Light-medium body.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours a nice copper color with little head or carbonation. Aroma is of caramely malt with just a slight hint of hops. Flavor is well balanced for the style and is of mildy roasted malt without the harsh bitterness of deeply roasted malt and, again, enough hops to balance the malt sweetness. A fairly good effort... reminds me of Otter Creek Copper Ale back home.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reminds me a little of fat tire. Excellent aroma and color (dark copper). Not as malty as FT, but a little sweeter. The flavor lingers. A good beer, but a little pricey.
DYCSoccer17 (3428) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at O’Briens in San Diego. Slightly caramel aroma with metallic hints. Slightly sweet notes in the nose as well. Transparent amber/mahogany color with virtually no head. Mildly sweet, sugary, creamy beer. Roasty and malted. Nice finish. Not extraordinary, but not poor either.
Macanudo (14) - USA - APR 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots of flavor but not real appealing to me. Fruity and sweet with a touch of heavy sugar. Tastes a bit heavy to me.