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Our West-Coast style amber is aggressively hopped, with a strong malt backbone and a mild hop bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (1763) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christpuncher (1730) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopsythe (46) - - MAR 16, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1979) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Amber pour. Nice citrus hop nose. Lots of hops in the taste with some maltiness that balances the slight bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eworkman1 (50) - - 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 (3259) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (751) - 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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonnyMadison (68) - 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 (1771) - 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 (520) - 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

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