icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber orange with a small frothy white lace leaving head. Doesn't smell very strong, but nice and balanced, a little grapefruity hoppishness, with some flowery sweetness. Taste is somewhat fruity and malty, good bitterness too, mostly bitter finish. Crisp and pleasing mouthfeel. Nice refresher of a beer.
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice finish, but not much head. I will buy this beer again. I prefer my beer to be heavier when this bitter. This is a lighter feeling beer with a bitter flavor.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2010 Dark amber very fizzy beer, but with little head. Taste is very dry and bitter, but a hint of cherries somewhere in there.Score 3.1
Subsequent ratings scored 3.0 and 3.3. Average unaltered
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Extra cool point for consuming this while riding around on a yacht in San Francisco Bay, on the company dime. Light amber orange appearance, slight hop aroma. Flavor was clean, mild, with a bit of hops. Decent, not special, but still a classic no matter what. RERATE: 3/21/2010 - had this again for the first time in a little while as part of a BJCP training session - my usual complaint about Anchor Steam - if this is supposed to be a "showcase" for the Northern Brewer hop, why are the woodsy and minty notes so muted? The hops are there, but just not that up front. Still mildly annoyed with Anchor for trademarking "steam." Score remains the same.
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber beer, with a small, off-white head. Aroma is of floral hops, though is restrained. Nicely balanced flavour, clean, simple, not overly hoppy. Medium body, medium high carbonation. Not bad. Bottle.
Christian (11319) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 Lovely red amber body with a short lived creamy head.
Strong malt aroma with a hint of hops too. Excellent ready malt flavour with hop character and a firm bitterness
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing too fancy here, just a smooth and easy drinking beer. Light hop flavor and subdued malt makes it a perfect anytime drink.
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange-red with nice, but short lasting head. Sweet, wort-like aroma. Smooth, soft, malty, bitter-dry. Has lots of taste and body considering ABV.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For its historical value alone, this has to get some respect. As a beer, it's nothing special these days, but its uniqueness is intriguing. Nice crisp taste, good hop flavor and a good session beer.
DCopperfields (145) - Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
he first thing I think of when I taste this beer is, well, Bass Ale. I no longer drink Bass because of all the other beers on the market which taste much better. Still, a decent pale ale with a good hop bite. Something which goes well with a steak or other strong meat dishes. A good base for black & tan if you don't have bass.