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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
A deep reddish brew with medium body and carbonation. This stronger, maltier, and hoppier pale ale has a depth of hop taste and acidity in the palate and finish. Cascade dry hopping gives this popular brew a fresh, floral nose.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
a2forten (4) - Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2008 does not count
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2008
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tourette (225) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2001
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michidan07 (22) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4 oz sample, World Expo of Beer. Frankenmuth, MI. May 19th 2007. 22nd brew of the festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Tap. A nice amber color with well laced head. Flavor included chocolate, dry, and some roasted flavors. The best one of the evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4769) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2004
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.

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