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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A rich, copper ale with a case full of gold medals.
Our California Amber takes its inspiration from traditional English ESBs. Four types of malts give it a bold complexity, and our proprietary yeast strain lends it a fruity, madeira-like richness. However, it’s the American hops that give this ale a distinct bite and floral aroma that have earned it just about every major beer medal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Mmmm. Pours very nicely. Dark amber with a whitish head. The flavor is very rich but not overpowering. Palate is really nice, goes down so smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 18, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a light red, coppery color with a thick off white head. Nose is carmel malt with some light dry hop notes and a little dirt. Palate is medium and sticky with a bitter, stingy finish. Flavor is full caramel malt with some light hop notes and a hint of sweetness. Quite dry and actually leaves the mouth fairly sticky and filmy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18057) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2009
Bottle at Ølbaren, Copenhagen
Hazy amber color, ordinary head. Good caramel and hop aroma; the body is thinner than expected, but still with a quite good hopping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to Marsiblursi. Reddish/amber colour with a beige head. Aroma: Sweet and toasty malt, caramel, jam, earth, nuts, a bit spicy. Taste: Tosted/nutty malt, frutiness, caramel, oranges, light hoppiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robertjm (839) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Pours a good-looking head. Dies quickly, leaving a foamy coating in the glass. Brown amber body. Nice malty aroma as I’d expect form an amber. Flavor is awesome with lots of malt, with a hops chaser that becomes more pronounced the longer you let it sit on your palate. Body is thin with lots of carbonation. A very nice Amber!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a 2 finger dense cream head with spotty lacing. The nose is floral hops and caramel malt. Taste is citrus hops and sweet caramel malt with some piney hops in the finish. Medium mouth feel. Not outstanding, but not bad and an easy drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8552) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle. Smally but lasting, thickk, creamy off-white haed. Beautiful clear red brown body. Complex fruity fruity spicy hoppy aroma with a bit of choccolate in the background. Mild, smooth and yet tasty apple pear lemon flavor with a fair amount of hops bitterness as well as a bit of caramel, creamy mouthfeel, long bittersweet aftertaste and a low carbonation. Impressive results with such a low alcohol percentage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle, $1.75 in CT. Pours “under-ripe” red with an energetic white head. Aroma has soapy, floral bouquet, perhaps a dash of lemon. Flavor was well-balanced, starting out with refreshing hoppy notes, then turning towards maltiness without ever really reaching sweetness. The result is a very drinkable, delicate red.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1838) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2009
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2009
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.

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