JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a taller canvas colored head. For as big as the bubbles are the head is quite lasting. Better than average amber aromas, as this one has a hops presence. Mildly toasted malt seems to have a backstage to the full hops nose. Mild pine and citrus abound in this amber. As the bottle states a west coast amber, and I would have to agree. Very lightly toasted malt in the flavor as well along with plenty of citrus peels and light pine pitch. Very dry in the finish. The hops seem a bit green at times, but still a nice amber.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a few bottles in Madison area and bootlegged back to Minnesota to share with our rating group. Pours a ruby red with a thin off white faomy head. Aroma of sweet hops of caramel, grapefruit and spruce. Tastes of bitter spruce, grapefruit and caramel barley malt. Sweet after taste. A nice amble ale.
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color. Flavor has hops and an herbal quality. Flavor has lots of hops as well, this is really more of some sort of pale ale rather than an amber. Some sourness in the flavor.
badgerben (4392) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color with a thin head. A little orange for the aroma with strong hops. Wow... this is an Amber Ale how? A ton of hops in the flavor. It’s very raw, flowery, almost vegetable. Kinda like a fresh hop ale.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Honey gold color. Little head. Horrid nose on my second bootle. Body dissapoints, with some floral hops but mainly flat. After tasting again at JK’s gathering, I have comment on the nose, which is what’s I’d imagine Rosie O’Donnel would smell like after running a marathon. Truly foul.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pristine brass in color with a recessing white doily lace wrung. Sweet hop sincerity suckles with honey amaretto toffee, cherry spruce and a dried mango rind in the summer sun. Flavor parleys with amaretto toffee and a touch of rubbing alcohol for offshoot cleanliness. Mulberries get stuck on the brittle British toffee for a husky - floral - praline sweet combination treat. Spruce needles get dipped in diluted crème brulee with Disaronno for an alcohol flavored accent. Medium-bodied and clean, with a few piney and pinging carbonation characteristics that never seem able to quite work things out. Brittle toffee sealed in hot amaretto tootsie rolls wraps it up.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear amber body. Light toasty malt and leafy hops in the aroma, some berry fruit at the end. A solid cookie and biscuit base with lemon and strawberry leaf hops make up the flavor. Resinous finish. A nicely hoppy amber, good stuff.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours to an orange body with a thin fizzy white head. The aroma is quite hoppy. Oranges and pine. The flavor is toasty amber malt and has a chalky amount of hops. The palate is moderate. Drying and minerally. Taste is sort of like unfiltered hop matter.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW !! This stuff is good. Pours a dark red amber with a small white head. Aroma is big citrus and hops. Pine & grapefruit dominate. Flavor is malty with more grapefruit and hops. Also pretty darn dry and bitter in the finish. Why did I only buy one bottle?? DAMN!!!
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, no date. Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a one finger light beige head. Pine, grapefruit, and toffee are the dominant aromas. There is some light toast and spicy hops as well. Flavor has the same flavors with a little bit of a chalky dirt characteristic. Moderately bitter with the toffee trying to balance this out. Semidry chalky dirt finish. Light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Good beer.