Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from mibirder. Thanks! Pours a deep nearly cranberry red color with a very large head that won’t go away. Nice lacing. Aroma of grain, grassy hops and a light tart note. Taste is bitter hops, very strong nutty notes, caramel and light grain. Medium bodied. A little off kilter but decent.
Onslow (1242) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Looks good, smells OK, the taste is almost great but collapses into a funky mash that reminds me of bad yeast, rotten cheese, and workout clothes that should have been washed weeks ago. This reminds me of really early micro brews, like the stuff that was floating around in the 70’s. They tasted like someone’s sneaker fell into the vat. Yikes! Thanks for the memories and I’m all the more appreciative of the great strides most micro brewers have made, but this won’t be on my shopping list in the future.
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy reddish-brown with big, foamy beige head / Musty, grassy nose / Medium body, crisp and hoppy, with excellent finish / Funky, brett-like flavors of leather, old clothes closet, cigar box, earl grey tea, caramel, grapefruit, and dry hop / Another great Arbor beer from a whimsical supermarket buy. While my bottle says, Amber Ale, I’ll go with Bitter.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap 09.19.08. Hazy caramel with off white head. Aroma is malty and on the faint side. The flavor is a little odd and reminds me of black tea. Taste is malty, slightly hoppy and bitter.
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle-pours a thin light tan head and brown/red color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-molasses/chocolate, some nutty/peat/smoky, earthy. Taste is medium/dark malt-molasses/chocolate, some nutty/peat/smoky, earthy. Mild carbonation.
HonkeyBra (3655) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Huge head on this one, at the point where it’s obnoxious. Kind of a ruddy amber look to it. Aroma is pretty weak, kind of dusty, and dank. Surprisingly nice bitter hop bite that turns into an odd chemical and metallic taste. Almost like blood and vomit. Not sure how I feel about this one. I finished it though.
induction (4) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2008 does not count
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Just picked this up as the "Red Snapper Amber Ale", but I’m assuming it’s the same beer by the description. It poured nice, but had an overpowering young smell to it. I was afraid it might suffer in taste, but the malt carries through enough to help tone down the green flavors. Unfortunately the hops are not enough to fight the young taste, but it is far from undrinkable.
a2forten (4) - Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
combines the rich malty character of an Amber Ale, the crisp hops of an American Pale Ale and the roasted, nutty flavors of an English Brown.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Goodbar Beer Club. Amber/ruby body. Nose is dusty rye, grapefruit (not hops, but actual grapefruit), light sour twinge. Flavor is rye, decent hops and a nice maltiness. Very light mouthfee.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 5/11/08. 12oz bottle. Lively pour. Half the bottle got me two fingers of bubbling head. Yeasty aromas of cinnamon citrus and a slight ginger note. Clinging head. Medium bodied with a tart caramel flavor. Tight effervescence and peppery. Spicy and toasty. Slight cocoa flavor. Nice bitter hop flavor. Tart lemon citrus hops. Good amber. Tart and bitter but tasty.