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.
jstraw (1964) - 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.
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really enjoyable beer. The other reviewer is right, in that its not that hoppy. Taken on its own terms, its really good though. Very easy drinking, and still falvorful and complex enough to keep me interested.
michidan07 (22) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2006 This is my staple beer. Though they just started bottling it, I’ve only ever had it on tap at the brewery. Here, it varies batch-to-batch. Generally it’s full with great malts, and a clean, bitter hop finish. Both refreshing and satisfying, it’s just what I want out of an ale. Hoppier of late.
......Bottle, October 2006:
Much darker color, fuller body and flavor out of the new bottles. Simply fabulous.
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz sample, World Expo of Beer. Frankenmuth, MI. May 19th 2007. 22nd brew of the festival.
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. A nice amber color with well laced head. Flavor included chocolate, dry, and some roasted flavors. The best one of the evening.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draught @ Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Burgundy color. Fresh, citrusy, grapefruit hop aroma with hints of caramel and roasted malts. Complex roasted malt flavor with toasty tones and a fresh, crisp floral cascade flavor. Great texture, intensifying and melding all the flavors. Like most of Arbor’s stuff tonight, this was impressive.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi-translucent and brownish-copper in color with a creamy white head and sticky lacing as we go. Sweet liquefied brown sugar over honey roasted nuts come calling in the aroma, along with whole wheat brown bread, and a touch of nutmeg spice, mild pumpernickel and rye traits. Flavor is a touch lucid, projecting spicy bitters. Rye and peppered grain. Nutty composites with spicy hops. Medium-bodied, titillating with natural bitters serving for carbonation. Finish is entirely hop harmony. Well done.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A red, cloudy beauty! Fresh, hoppy (to me) aroma, fruity like down there at the pink rim of the watermelon rind...I swear that’s how it smelled! Sweet and bitters mingle nicely. Quite good. A bit thinnish.
muzzlehatch (4769) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. Dark muddy reddish brown, like drying blood...sour cherry-licorice nose is subtle and balanced sweet-tart...roasty, dry initial flavor profile with some background earthy pungent hops...very woody/fruity later, cherries and various berries...wet finish. Lovely.