SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
#985, Bottle at the Champaign-Urbana private tasting held at Radio Maria. Clear copper to amber, no head. Nose is good hoppyness, crisp hoppy, kind of like a strong amber. Taste just about the same. Good .
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy dark amber. Smell of hops, malt, grapefruit, alcohol, pine, caramel, spice and a hints of flowers. Taste of hops, tons of hops, malt, bread, caramel, gram cracker, pine, orange zest, citrus, rye and spice. This shouldn’t be called an amber ale, but a pale ale or IPA. I have to drive to Madison to get more of this.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Aroma is a full carmel malt with a big hop backing,taste is an initial carmel toffee taste,quickly overwhelmed by hop flavor. Body is just a tad on the thin side,but this is much better then most amber ale I have had. rerated this because of outstanding quality of fresh bottle
vyvvy (3565) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Sneagrams3 for the trade. Sampled with Beerdrenched. Pours medium / dark amber with a soapy light tan head. Aroma has rich toasted caramel malt with a very prevalent spicy hops presence - pretty complex for an amber ale. Medium / thick body that feels very slick and has light carbonation. The taste starts with rich caramel that is fairly cloying, but not offensive. There are hints of butterscotch. The finish brings out some of the spicy hop traits from the aroma, then a lingering malt sweetness. Very enjoyable, especially for an amber ale. A winner here that I would like to have again.
Terminus (3087) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-thanks to snegrams3 and for vyvvy for sharing it with me. pours copper clear amber with a small fluffy white head. I love this nose-hoppy and sugary for an amber ale. reminds me of many ASA’s i have had. lots of hops here-floral with lots of carmel malting. Sweet flavors start with a nice dose of pine on the finish. really doesnt resemble any amber ale i have ever had. tastes like an ASA to me with a little belgian-esqe sweetness in there. I also get notes of Arrogant bastard with a more balanced hop profile. Body is lush and fluffy with a nice carbonation level. definately a winner from this small WI brewery.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Bottle. Stunningly good if you like dry, citrusy super-hpped pale ales with a hint of carmel.
NOTE: I had on tap at mid-town pub on allen in middleton/madison west side and I would rate this on tap at just 3.7-- did not come close to quality of the bottle.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught sample at the brewery, mid-October 2006. Creamy, smooth light off-white head topping a hazy, unfiltered, heavy-looking dark amber body, the foam lasts and lasts.....very sharp, pungent nose (Amarillo?), more IPA-like than a simple amber ale though there’s plenty of soft, sweet caramel malt evident and a touch of smokiness....smooth, soft, lightly funky mouthfeel, hoppy throughout but the caramel malt shows up for balance, light tingly carbonation and silky-smoothness, touch smoky-acrid and burnt to finish....very solid and drinkable.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Filtered and a deep copper hue. Off-white head. Caramel malts and citrusy, spicy piney hops in the nose. Medium bodied and smooth. Sticky and layered. Very, very good! Spicy, peppery dry finish. Caramel and cola in the beginning malt aspect. Flavor of fresh hops. Bitter on the tip of the tongue. Great balance. Between the sweet malts and bitter hops and between the smooth rich beginning to the spicy dry finish. Well done!
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Ale Asylum. This was a very good hopped-up amber. Poured a medium coppery-amber with a dusting of off-white head. On the nose the hoppage caught me a little off-guard... sweet caramel aroma with juicy pears, citrus, and a hint of floral on top.. drew me right in. The hops led the way in the flavor department too with pears and citrus.. very sweet toffee and caramel base.. bit too sweet at the back-end. Felt really good on the palate.. well-placed medium bitterness throughout.. lightly grainy on the finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewery tasting room. Hazy amber color with off white head that left some lace on the glass. Grapefruity hop aroma and flavor which overcame any malt hiding in the background. Tasty.