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With a fury of hop flavor and a hint of malt backbone, this west coast amber is part ale, part sensory eruption, and all American.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eworkman1 (35) - - MAR 8, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2787) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2014
This says itís 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 Iíve 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 itís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (682) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2014
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 isnít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonnyMadison (31) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHOFF43 (1734) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear red with spotty head and good lacing. Aroma is hoppy with caramel malts. Flavor has more malt than hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
akoeninger (403) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2013
On tap at Ale Asylum, this is a nice hoppy amber ale. Great amber color with off white lacing and head. Has a floral hoppy aroma with hints of sweetness. Taste is floral and piney, at first but more of the sweet and toasted malt comes at as you drink it and it warms. Still a hop forward beer, the finish is long with bitterness at the front but sweet at the end. Complex in its simplicity, ( it's hoppy but the malt is so well balanced that it keeps it from being the dominate characteristic) this is an amber to try at least once. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nellycale (174) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2013
From Bottle. Pours a clear reddish/copper hue with a medium off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma of caramel, some sweetness, little piney and grapefruit. Taste is similar with sweet maltiness, caramel, pine resin and Medium astringency and devent bitter finish. Overall impressive hoppy style amber ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7023) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Not sure on the age of this beer, cryptic best by code is D6. Aroma is nice, tropical fruits, but also slight butter. The flavor is tropical, but not overtly bitter, has a nice tangerine quality. Dont think the bottle is fresh, woudl like to try it fresher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bottle. Clear red amber pour with off white head. Aroma is big roasted malt, earthy hops and citrus. Taste is great roasted malt, slight spiciness to the grain, caramel, slight dried fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2013
Bottle thanks to Mark. Probably the best amber ale Iíve had. Awesome clear amber red color with fluffy off white head. Heavy hop aroma and flavor. Unique for amber ale.

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