IPAaLLtHEwAY (142) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy brown/ruby colr with a short lived beige head. Aroma is bakerís 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.
lb4lb (2530) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Sat in my fridge for ages, because I hate amber ale. Sorry for the bias. This isnít that bad. This isnít that good. Maybe thatís 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, youíd arrive at Amber. This beer fits that bill. Almost. It tastes a little bit like fish, though. Thatís not so average.
jbuzz (752) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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. Iím not complaining though. ;)
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
IPA meets Amber! Cloudy orange with thin white head. Mega hop nose of citrus to go with caramel & bread. Over-hopped for an amber but it works here. Caramel & bread malts mix with citrus & pine. Medium bitter finish. Ambergeddon is a fitting name.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had this on tap and in the bottle many times, this rating is from the bottle. Pours deep amber/copper in color with a medium off white head. Aroma is a good balance of floral and spicy hops and caramel malt. Taste is heavy on the hops for an amber ale, good malt presence as well. Tastes more like an APA to me, maybe why they call it a west coast amber in the description. Good stuff!!