hershiser2 (2007) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Paid $1.39 for a 12-oz single.
Medium amber in color, small head.
Smell is nothing appetizing- but not bad. Slight caramel, mixed in with the smell of a beer tent at a fair or carnival.
Bitter bite, without a doubt, one that leaves a funky aftertaste, like the taste of your fingers if you've been counting money. No major flavors jump out at me.
Decent, but I most likely would not drink it again.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very clean, malty, smooth, dry beer. Definitely better on draught than out of the bottle.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A rather curious beer, this one, to an English palate. Deepish amber colour. Subtle hops, but nothing very assertive in the aroma. Quite hoppy flavour, but not as zingy as it might be. Some bitterness too ut, in all honesty, I didn't find anything too exciting going on on the palate. Finsihes clean. Quite pleasant, and easily drinkable, but overall this comes over as rather thin and a bit one-dimensional. Not my favourite Anchor beer. Bottled (355ml).
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty with a good amber color and nice head. Was served in a warm glass that wiped out the head but did help with flavor as opposed to a chilled mug.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sparkling clear amber ale with a nice, beige head and good lacing.
Good and malty. Well-hopped. Good balance. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, bitter, crisp finish. The prototype for a lot of great, hoppy, left coast beers. For that, I thank Anchor. Otherwise, it's a fairly boring beer.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
definite hops aroma, but there's also a fresh smell that's hard to describe; medium amber color - a little too thin; medium dry taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fairly nice darker golden/amber in colour. Thin whitish head with not so great lacing on the glass. The nose is mostly hops and same with the taste. Hops is just about all I get. I would prefer more malts outa this but not bad overall
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 (Bottled) Hazy amber color with hardly any head. Caramely-malty, sweetish and buttery toffee aroma with raisins. Caramely-malty, slightly smoky and sweet flavor with a steady, bitter hoppiness in the background. Light to medium-bodied, a bit thin palate with balanced carbonation. An easily drinkable, easily hopped ale. Not bad, but nothing special.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 This is a very balanced brew. It pours a nice golden amber with a wonderfully lasting white creamy head. The nose is rather yeasty. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is average. The tastes are vibrant and floral. Perhaps there are strawberries in there. There’s a mild bitterness that lingers throughout the palate, but the hint of roastiness makes this beer a top contender in my book.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008
Pours a nice bronze body with a tall head. The aroma is of caramel and very light notes are a bit woodsy. The malts dominate the flavor. Its richly fruity, caramel, and slightly nutty flavor are accented by a slight citrus-zest-like hop presence in the finish. Notes of apricot and plums linger also among the finish... session beer at it’s best!