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."
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with an off-white head. Taste is , sweet, hoppy, citrusy and floral with good malt balance. A mix between an ale and a strong lager. Mouthfeel is full and round. A very satisfying brew. recommended.
SmokeyJ (20) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An ok beer. Weak on flavor but very refreshing served cold.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Copper, clear as a bell, little head. Smell is actually pretty unpleasent, I didn’t think I was going to like this. Malt, brown sugar, a little bit fruity, bready and maybe grapes? A good beer.
TheBeerGod (5341) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can’t believe I have never rated this! At any rate, I just got home from work and it’s time to relax before heading to bed. Pours a copper color with an efferevescent cream colored head. Aroma is better than expected with grassy hops and lighter malt notes. Taste is also fairly grassy with milder malt notes. Some grain and bready notes as well. Sort of crisp and dry towards the finish. Not the greatest thing since sliced cheese but a damn relaxing and refreshing beer. This would be awesome on a summer afternoon with some steaks and burgers. Come to think of it, that’s a plan!
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have been greatly pleased by Anchor’s Porter and Liberty Ale recently, so I thought I’d try their most common brew. It poured an attractive copper with a moderate, short-lived white head, and constant streams of carbonation. Aroma was crisp and fruity, quite pleasing. This aroma foreshadowed a fairly predictable, but delicious flavor dominated by a somewhat spicy, crisp hoppiness. Also present was a pleasing amount of mild sweetness and a moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel was dissapointingly thin, but not unpleasant. This beer is pretty moderate in almost all its characteristics, but it’s moderate in an entirely good way. When I want an easy-to-drink, refreshing brew with plenty of real flavor, I’ll definitely be considering this one.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
You see....this is an example of why California rocks in the beer world. This isn’t a spectacular beer, but to call it common when so many of the "premium" beers produced around here are atrocious is truly telling. A nice amber colour with a big frothy white initial head which diminishes quickly. Slightly sweet and refreshing in the mouth - it’s a little thin but not bad.
Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Orange-amber colour with a frothy, mostly dissipating, white head. Light aroma of leafy hops and cereal grains. Light-to-medium body with a lively carbonation. Crisp and dry, but lightly fruity. A pronounced biscuity, grain-like maltiness and a leafy, earthy hop character dominate the flavour and re-emerge for the dry aftertaste. A perfectly decent, appetizing beer.
sidekick (26) - Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit thinner than hoped for and no head in sight, but really a pretty good beer. Not for a steady diet but a pleasant diverson, especially on a hot day.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Pours an amber/brown with no head in sight. Aroma is pleasant perfumy soap, slight alcohol, glazed sweet potato (malt), and light citrus acidic hops. Very unique aroma. Flavor is sweet apple, with malt that shows its self very well in the middle, mellow citrus hop bit finishes the beer. After taste is a very interesting sweet soapy, malty, golden goodness. Body is thin and very effervescent. I enjoyed this beer very much just on its uniqueness. Tasty!