cards04 (1196) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A really solid answer ale. Nice bright citrus aromas along with toasted bread malts. Flavors are rye malt and bitter citrus rind. A nice offering from ballast point.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This definitely doesn’t taste representative of ambers. It has a big hop load, and the malts are your traditional vegetal mess of murky left-overs. So, the question is: are all the other ambers not following the proper recipe, or is this amber actually just a different beer (APA perhaps) with a label that says amber? Bottle.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great example off an under-loved style, that always gets unfairly compared to American pale ale. This has more body, more caramel malt richness, and more lingering hop bitterness. And lots of C-hop goodness in the aroma and taste.
jmagnus87 (2029) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Bitter with grassy and citrus hops. Decent caramel malt backbone. Not bad.
Minderbinder (1284) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear brown/dark amber with almost no head (light beige). Minimal lacing. Aroma is of molasses, bread, dark fruits, licorice, malt. Taste is of english hops, sugar, malt, caramel, bitterness, some citrus. Palate: Light-medium body. Decent balance. Overall: Nice malt features. Bottle is a tad older than best before date, but nothing crazy. Enjoyable. Not very drinkable, but OK.
NikkTwist (1236) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Farmers Cabinet. Red copper pour that starts with a generous foamy off-white head. Surprisingly full palate. Quite decent. Plums galore. Nice.
mathieuc (688) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy red with a medium offwhite head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is "barleywine-ish", sweet and hoppy. Some floral and earthy notes here and there (felt woody, even). Taste is medium bitter and moderately sweet. Flavors of brown sugar and vegetal (dried grass). Light bodied, lightly carbonated. Texture is oily. Not bad but maybe a little old as I just noticed the "Enjoy By 03/05/13" on the label. Still a fair one!
Frahmo (104) - Idaho, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a dark brown with a single finger of light brown head. Great malt taste, with a bitter hoppy finish. Not my favorite, but well done anyways.
DCLawyer (1153) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle->Willi Becher. Amber with medium frothy lite tan head. Aroma and taste are caramel malt, floral hops. Quite enjoyable.
Atom (1117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a clear dark amber with a medium kaki head. Aroma caramel malts and fruits. Taste of toasted and caramel malts, fruits, nutty, slight citrus, a little hop bitterness on the finish. Better than most Ambers I suppose.