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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Our West-Coast style amber is aggressively hopped, with a strong malt backbone and a mild hop bitterness in the finish.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
On-tap at Ale Asylum. Pours an excellent orange and amber color with a big white head that left great lacing and retained very well. Smell is full of pungent grapefruit and citrus hops. The beer was poured cold into a regular pint glass, not exactly the best for accenting aromas, but it still had plenty of aroma coming right to me. Taste has a good malt background, even a touch of biscuit in there while still having the hops be the leaders. It was nice to be able to have a malt background and still be pummeled with hops, one of the hoppier beers I’ve had as of late. Higher than medium bodied with medium carbonation levels, just seemed to fit very well with this one. Very drinkable, I could drink this by the pitcher, and perhaps I’ll just have to do that next time. Excellent beer here, this is worth seeking out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to badbeer. Pours amber with a moderate, offwhite head. Good retention, sticky, spider web lace. Smells sweet, caramelly malty and slightly hoppy in the background. Tastes about the same. Sweet caramelly malt flavors dominate but there is a good bit of nuttiness as well. Not sure if the nuttiness is hops or what. Sweetness lingers. Medium body, good carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAaLLtHEwAY (142) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Cloudy brown color with a fizzled beige head. Smells chocolatey and fruity. Flavor initialy is too sweet for me, with some roasted malts, finishes metallic. Not that great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Pours a hazy brown/ruby colr with a short lived beige head. Aroma is baker’s chocolate and malt with a hint of hops. Flavor is a really nice roasted malt with a good hop backbone. Very sweet, but the hops bitterness cuts it nicely. Backend is just a bit metallic for my taste, but this is a really nice amber ale. good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2547) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Bottle courtesy of ogglethorp in trade. Thanks dude!
Pour a nice, attractive amber with a small beige head. Smell is toasty malt, and almost a light dusty cocoa and fruitiness to it. Taste is toasty malt and light cocoa with a touch of fruit and light bitterness. Unique amber, flavorful and easy drinking. Solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Pours a dark clear copper colour with a full creamy head. A very nice, sweetly malted ale. Aromas of fresh hops and plums. Flavors of caramel, nuts and bread. Moderately hopped throughout each taste which is very pleasent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Bottled. Sat in my fridge for ages, because I hate amber ale. Sorry for the bias. This isn’t that bad. This isn’t that good. Maybe that’s what I hate about Amber so much. It is so boring. They are all the same. Some sweet, chocolately malts. Some bitter, resinous American hops. Never enough of either. Medium body, medium carbonation, medium drinkability. If you averaged out every beer recipe ever made, you’d arrive at Amber. This beer fits that bill. Almost. It tastes a little bit like fish, though. That’s not so average.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuzz (753) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Big 20 beer tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. Big bang of hops !! And is very easy to drink. Smooth for the amount of hop you get hint of malts to balance.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours opaque cider caramel, off white head. Aroma is hops (tangerine, kiwi), malt, vanilla. Flavor is similar with some earthiness. This seems more like an IPA than an amber. I’m not complaining though. ;)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2008 Now this is more like it! From a 12-oz. bottle, the brew pours a medium orangey-amber with a decent white head. Nice lacing. Good hop presence in the nose, along with some breadiness & caramel corn. Taste exhibits an Initial hearty maltiness followed by a quick whack of hops in the background. Moderate carbonation and decent "heft" make this an easy-drinker. Gotta try this on tap sometime.


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