GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle courtesy of the maximum12 Fight Club beat-down, poured into a tulip.
Pours a slightly hazy amber brown in the glass that shows bright amber when held up to light. An aggressive pour created a huge creamy off-white head that leaves tons of lacing on the way down.
The aroma is a combination of light citrus hops, with oranges and pineapple, and a light caramel malt sweetness. Itís kinda got a musty character to it, with some earthy hops as it warms.
The taste has a minimal hop kick up front with hints of citrus before giving way to a slight toasted caramel malt backbone. The finish is a combination of sweet malts and a little earthy hop bitterness.
The mouthfeel is creamy with plenty of carbonation and medium-bodied overall.
This is a solid brew that very drinkable. Itís not extraordinarily complex, but itís got enough flavor to make it a very good beer.
notalush (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite and amped up amber in the hop department - a lot of earthy hops in the nose - the flavor starts bitter and almost peppery - followed fast by a light fruity character and a medium caramel maltiness - medium-bodied and quite quaffable.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[1857-20081112] 12floz bottle. Hoppy grains aroma with a big of orange citrus and mild heather. Clear, amber red body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head with some lacing. Dry grainy toasted yeast flavour with some leafy hops. Medium body is dry and bitter. Quite drinkable.
(c/o DuctTape, w/ him, jerc)
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown in color with a frothy white head. Smells very nutty with a backbone of piney/citrus hops. Flavor is same. Very delicious. All of the Ale Asylum beers Iíve tried so far have had a distracting hop presence and a very nutty tasting malt profile. In this case, it is a perfect product and flawlessly true to style. There is enough fragrance and fruitiness from the hops to balance the sweet, nutty malt character. A significant alcohol content is evident too. Yeast flavor is detectable but not off-putting. Finishes semi-dry with a lingering bitterness.
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008-11-12. Dark amber with a smallish beige head. (3+) Mild aroma, muted grains, alcohol fueled hops. Lightly astringent malt, sweet caramel flavours, a touch oxidized perhaps? Average palate. Possibly a bit past its prime? <i>Bottle shared by DuctTape</i>
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazed amber with a soapy off white head. Nose of malt that is slightly sweet aged and an herbal hop. Smooth body. The malts have a strong herbal earthy bitterness that is quite tasty. A solid hopped up amber. 7/3/8/3/15 = 3.6
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
so often amber ales are fairly maligned as a style, by its defintion it often comes across with cloying malt sweetness and little else, making it only appropriate for drinkers with a desire for zero challenge. i skoffed at the brewers promise here of a fury of hops...but i was so surprised. this is what an amber ale should be. its usually only in the big beers that you can find such great balance but it is in abundance here. the pale ale like hops are presented then followed by the slightly sweet malt sneaking onto your palate.
BeerBunker (783) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Ale Asylum. Poured an amber/mahogany with a white head. Aroma was of dishwater. Dirty, dirty dishwater. Aside from dishwater, there were also faint hints of hops and citrus. Taste was of very bitter hops. Not flavor hops, just bitter hops. This one was all bitter with no substance, leaving me very unhappy. A strong alcohol bite lingers after each bitter, yet untasty, sip. I really want to like this beer. Hell, I even tried to like this beer. Sadly, I did not.
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15 aug 08: 12 oz
Citrusy hop aromas, sweet carmelly malts
Med amber, off white head, decent retention
Citrusy American hops dominate flavor
Med Bitterness, with a malt balance
MEd body, lt carb
Nice hoppy amber beer
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is hazy reddish amber with a thin tan head...smell is brightly citrus hoppy with some hints of molasses...taste is sweet with caramel and molasses at first with a nice bright citric hoppy flavor coming in...finish is quick, but nice...not overly hopped.