Syndicate (89) - Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extra from Henshawb. Poured out a clear amber color with a nice tight head with good retention. Nose is grassy barnyard and sweet malts. Taste is sweet malt with a nice mellow hoppiness to it that finishes really nice. This is one of the better ambers ive had in a while. This would be a regular if available.
rumproasts (2951) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. deep amber with one finger head. substantial malt body with medium hops. hop flavor seems dull. i’m clearly in the minority, but i found this underwhelming.
TXBadger (1421) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice hoppy red ale, one of the better ones out there. Pours a dark amber color. Lots of pine and caramel malt on the nose. Grassy pine, nuts, toast, and caramel on the palate. Pretty complex for an amber.
Christpuncher (1245) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love ale asylum and this is one of their best. Super hoppy and malty with tons of flavor. Pours a dark orange almost brown. Super tasty.
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hopsythe (46) - - MAR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. A very dark reddish orange. Aroma of wine and citrus. Upfront is a very light malt bite. Back end is a dry bitterness that opens up a burst of sweetness. A crazy amber.
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Bacterial (1628) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour. Nice citrus hop nose. Lots of hops in the taste with some maltiness that balances the slight bitterness in the finish.
eworkman1 (40) - - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is toasted malt and citrus hops. Body is medium and flavor is more hops than expected for an amber. Finish is hoppy but balanced.
Frank (2930) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This says it’s a "cross between an ale and a sensory eruption" on the label, which for some reason strikes me as one of the more ridiculous things I’ve seen in print today. Sensory eruption? Like is my tongue going to split and spew out hot lava? Is Edward Van Halen going to march across my hallowed palate playing a crudely painted guitar? Maybe I am making too much out of this but it just strikes me as a bit much. This all being said, this is a very nice IPA-ish amber colored beer. There is a focus on hops in the nose and it’s plenty bitter but the brewers left quite a lot of room for toasty malt character to express itself. This makes for a full flavored beer w/ a strong malty flavor w/o being sweet or heavy at all. The carbonation is subdued and creamy which fits the flavor profile well too. Overall, while I am not certain I have felt Edward Van Halen himself prancing in my mouth, this is a very tasty beer and one I am very glad to have tried. Just change the copy on the bottle.
Scipio (709) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, dark reddish amber with a medium sized white head. The aroma leans towards malty, with a good amount of caramel and some breadiness. There is pine as well impressions of floral hops as well. The taste is still giving heavier caramel malts. This is balanced very well with some stronger pine and grapefruit. This one gives off some bitterness. The aftertaste is piney. It isn’t especially strong, but it lingers with you for a bit. Medium in body with a chewy texture, while being average in carbonation. I enjoyed this.
JonnyMadison (41) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great all around beer with lots of flavor, both in glass and bottle. A good balance of malt and hops with a roasted caramel flavor. Description on bottle of "hop flavor and strong malt backbone" is absolutely true.