505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour, little head. Nice aroma, good hops and caramel. Very nice flavor, caramel background, with tart citrus hops up front. Somewhat dry finish though. Medium-thin body. Delicious beer though. Great on a summer day/with a meal.
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 A very enjoyable amber, pours the amber orange color with a decent head that laced ok. The aroma was malty with light resinous hops. Flavor was more malty than hoppy, nice caramel base with some light spiciness, initially somewhat like ginger but more prominently of tea bags. The mouthfeel was moderate but very drinkable. Finish was somewhat dry for the malty sweetness and had a light hop touch to it. A very nice amber ale. Re-rate on draft, 1/07: Pretty comparable to the first tasting, although fresher and crisper on draft out in Flagstaff. The fruity aspects were missing (good for me) and the earthy, nicely hopped balanced flavor was super enjoyable. Did not get any spicing or tea bag flavors this time. A nice crisp amber.
patrick767 (3724) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle - Either this beer is overrated or I got a bad bottle. Poured a hazy amber with a big, frothy head. There was very little aroma, just some light malts. The flavor was moderately sweet with an extremely dry finish. Something about the flavor and especially the finish seemed off though. It was okay, but I’m not at all impressed.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This had a good head.slight aroma.color dark amber.Flavor was pretty much like the winter solstice ,but with the dominate flavor turned down.This is more drinkable than the winter solstice version.I can only drink 1 at a time of that.This is a good beer,but so far I like their Esb better.
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber/red color with a decent lasting head. Taste is full of fruitiness, caramels, malts, citrus, and mild hoppiness. Lots of character in this brew, but it retains a evenly balanced flavor.
Ratman197 (10882) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a hazy amber with a lasting light amber head. Aromas of carmel, pine and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthy and a hint of pine with a smooth lingering mildly bitter finish.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good amber ale. Pours a medium amber color, with a light amber color head. Much smoother than I was expecting.....very nice.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - APR 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Taylor’s in San Francisco. Pours Amber to brown with very little head. Fruity aroma. Fizzy on the tounge. Good, not great.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tanned honey color. Pours minimal froth w/ ample residual effers. Medium nectar. Has a slight hoppy character that nestles right in there with the bright malt flavors. Has a mellow bitterness. Quite complex.
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz Bottle: Pours an orange, almost pinkish in color. A nice just off-white head that starts out nearly an nich tall, but quickly fades into a ring around the outside. The aroma is a little sweet banana, spice/pepper, hops, pine ... overall quite nice aroma. Flavor is kind of sweet and weak. Some lemon, pine, a little hops, a fairly signifigant malts presense. also a signifigant finish of something I can’t quite put my finger on maybe biscuty/hoppy. Its not a great powerful flavor thats complex but nice and pleasant. A tasty amber- a highly underrated style imo.