JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber with medium amberish head, very dense. Outspoken C-hops, hopcake, caramel, well balanced nose. Hoppy, bitter, hopcake, bit of orangemarmalade; ends metallic. Very slick and well-bodied. Nice amber ale, almost an IPA.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a big white head. Very hoppy aroma, not explicitly American in character which is pretty refreshing. Lots of peppery earthy notes combined with some grapefruit and toffee. Body is quite bitter and a bit sweet which works together well. Spritzy mouthful tends to be a bit on the abrasive side. Simple but enjoyable combination of crystal malt flavours and some fresh resiny hops, tasting more english than American now. Sharp, quick finish.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle on a hot san diego spring day. great amber red with a plentiful off-white head. Nice malty, toffee like aromas abound. Smooth feel on your tongue with a little carbonation. Flavors are solid and good of maltiness, citrus, pine, and delicate hops. Good tasty brew.
kevd193213 (841) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper orange pour with nice thick off white head. Aroma of malt and hops. Taste of toffee, malt, almonds and faint caramel. Slightly hoppy dry finish.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a beautiful deep amber with a thick creamy tan head that leaves lots of lace. Aroma of caramel and citrus peel, with noticable hops and malt. Flavor is well balanced between hops and malt, sweet and bitter. Some nice toffee and fruitiness as well. A good solid brew.
brianprentiss (670) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, sweet ESB. Not as bitter as I expected, very toffeish and caramelly. Solid Beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of malts, toffee, caramel, hops, pine, resin, grapefruit, and fruit. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, rocky, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, malts, toffee, toasting, resin, sourdough, pretzel, grapefruit, pine, and a hint of lime. Medium body. Thin, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, malty, lightly dry finish.
BREWMUSKCLES (2154) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the beer is a pleasant and deep amber and it rolls well into the glass. the head is equally tart and tangy and the body is rich and full. this beer has a powerful hop character that is citrusy to grapefruit rind. the malt is recessed due to the hearty hop profile, but you can detect a pleasant mild sweetness. that sweetness does have a nice fruit punchy component to it. overall somewhat unbalanced but, hey whaddaya want you’re here in a power brew. seemed the alcohol would be a bit higher. an over the top amber that works and takes amber to a more interesting level.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 22oz. bomber purchased locally. Appearance - Copper, amber with a tan head.half-inch tan head. Clear. Aroma is of floral hops, toast and caramel. Flavors are citrus and pine hops, followed by toasted biscuit followed by a little caramel. The backend flinshes to lemony bitterness in the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and fairly dry. Fairly easy drinking. Overall, an average American Amber. The hop flavor cuts through too much of the complex malt.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber-Pours a clear amber color w/a slight foamy head & good lacing. Aromas of toffee & caramel. Strong, bitter malt flavor w/traces of caramel, toffee, roasted almonds, & some hop bite. Long bitter finish. Solid Amber, not spectacular.