chispito (21) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Perfectly transparent color that actually reminds me of the bottle, if a little lighter. Sudsy head requires maintenance swirling periodically. Overall, it’s not bad looking, but it’s not striking either. Don’t know which nose isn’t working, the beer’s or mine, but I’m not getting much of anything. Flavour: citrus hops, caramel sweetness, more hops to finish and a hop aftertaste. But none of this is really overpowering, so I’d say it’s more of a tasty swill than something to be savored. Very inoffensive beer, especially for a lager.
TBone (12991) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazelnut brown. Steady medium brown head, lace. Aroma of prunes and berries. Bitter, hoppy and some sweetness. Oily and slightly hoppy aftertaste.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: Pours amber with a creamy white head. Aroma is bread, slightly fruity, hoppy, fruit. Nice mild, drinkable flavor with bitter balanced by the malt to give it a slightly overall bitter flavor that is very drinkable. Worth trying on tap anytime.
Jacko (7) - ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2004 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A little fruity but not much else going on. Not a great beer at all!
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours amber with a creamy head. Aroma of fresh baked bread, bitter hops, and fruit. Flavor is crisp, hoppy and mild. This is smooth and easy drinking. Lace all along the glass. Overall, another fine brew from anchor!
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. No head on this, clear amber-brown body but it was the slightly stale aroma that was off-putting. Redeemed by an attractive hoppy taste with a real crunch to it.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice golden brown - or is it brownish gold? Decent foamy head that lasts a while. Classic, slightly sour aroma. Nice carbonation and a mild flavour with the taste of hops and a lingering bitterness. Decent mouthfeel. All in all, a really nice quencher on a hot day. A great beer for quaffing with quality.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a deep amber with a small head and a lace ring at the top. The aroma is slightly fruity and hops. The flavor is slightly fruity, bread like, and hops, with a dry finish. The palate is carbonated and refreshing. Overall, I have not had it in a long time but it was my first domestic craft beer and I still like it.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colour with a fizzy diminishing head. Lightly fruity and bready aroma. Cereal and lightly fruity flavours with a medium bitter finish. Medium bodied and almost but not quite sticky mouthfeel.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahoy Mates! Drop anchor and have a Steam. The craftbrew significance of this Ale is way too large to lump this puppy into the "I used to love it, but now I am too cool to say it’s good" category. This one, maybe more so than Sam Adams, brought America to wake up and drink a beer with taste. How many times have I been rescued by this ale being the only palatable thing on tap a "good" restaurant? Steam performs in the hop category. It has a civil gravity and is just pretty to pour. The only negative thing that I can say for this beer, is that Ol’ Fritz had to go and trademark the term "Steam" so that we homebrewers have to come up with a wet-noodle category like "California Common."