freekyp (1775) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a gorgeous amber with a thick creamy off white head that leaves behind a massive swath of lacing. Carbonation is light. Aroma holds light toffee, a bit of brown sugar and lots of grapefruit. Well balanced with the malt coating the tongue throughout most of the swallow, however, aggressive hop bitterness with an earthy character makes up the finish and long aftertaste, leaving a slight leathery overtone as it fades. Impressive!
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice looker, with a clear dark amber, almost copper, body and lavish beige head with lots of sticky lace. Citrusy grapefruit hop aroma with a hint of toasted caramel. Body is creamy, but way too thin. Taste has aggressive hop bitterness that is mostly grapefruit. Some earthy hops underneath and a solid, if subtle, toasty caramel malt backbone. Good westcoast amber.
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy, light brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (toasted grain, caramel, bread), average hops (flowers), average yeast (fresh leather, warm dough) with notes of pear, date, apple, and light brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an effervescent amber with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma of some faint grapefruit and lemon citrus with some grassy hops thrown in. Taste is lightly sweet toffee with some notes of grassy hops and some earthy pine bitterness, with just a touch of alcoholic character to round it out. Easy drinking amber ale, though I would have liked it to be a bit more assertive... atlhough I know that’s not the point of an amber. Oh well.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed 12/29/2008 (bottle):
Pours a nice clear brown colored body, fizzy. Big creamy off-white heap, good lacing, lasting. Some alcohol in the nose, some flowery maltiness. Dusty and musty too. Carbonated palate. Malty nutty taste. Dusty too. Some hoppiness, grapefruit. Some sweet spiciness. A little tastier as it warms more.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Semi-sweet fruity aroma. Reddish amber body, very small head. Taste has some citrus, plus plenty of malt. Pleasingly soft bitter finish.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Lightly hazed amber, thin beige head. Orangey - tangerine hop nose, a bit earthy. Sweet caramel flavor is quickly replaced with grapefruit and orange citrus, some white pepper notes, lightly nutty. Pretty damn pleasant session brew.
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber brown. Hazy. Khaki coloured head showing great retention and early lace. Rich nutty caramel aroma with fruity hop accents. Chewy toffee malt in abundance giving way to deliciously balanced fruity aromatic hops and a solid bitter finish. Terrificly balanced and very tasty.
emacgee (4485) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper amber with a thick creamy offwhite head. The nose is sweet, caramel, mild hop profile, sour malt character. The flavor is malty with a mild spicy hop character, sweet, caramel. The palate has a mild spicy bitterness.
Ernest (7029) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately to heavily hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), trace yeast (dough), with notes of black tea and dried mango.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation.
A surprisingly rich, meaty beer for only being 5.5%...big mouthfeel and quite flavorful. Big tropical fruit nose but with lots of juicy, rich malt and enticing black tea notes as well. Not really the type of beer I get excited about, and maybe just a touch aggressive, but for the style this is very, very solid.