illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Golden amber color with a thick tan head that leaves substantial lacing. Citrus hops dripping with caramel compose the aroma. Flavor is much the same, with candied orange hops and a toasty caramel maltiness. Perhaps not enough bitterness to counter the sweetness. Full flavored and smooth, a little dirty on the palate, but very drinkable.
yespr (39084) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at San Clemente. Pours deep golden orange with a lacing white head. Solid hoppy and light wooden aroma. Flavour dry and breadish yet with a nice hoppy flavour on top. Dense malty finish with a lingering hoppy spiced finish with a nice dry bitterness into the far finish.
Stuntgibbon (2) - , California, USA - AUG 4, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A subdued, lightly foamy head atop a classic looking amber/brown pour. A touch more citrus or even a tiny bit more sour than your average amber beer.
Aroma isn’t very strong, but does smell good when you get close to it. A very smooth and flavorful amber, without quite as much as malty sweetness as others in the category. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A fine balance. Highly recommended amber, and another fine ale from Ballast Point.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours amber in color with full foamy tan head. Aroma citrus hops and light malt. Taste is bitter, grapefruit and citrus hops with bitter finish.
BiddleBrau (1093) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brown/amber with dense tan head. Aroma is citrus and of pine hops with slight malt presence. Hop flavor is less citrus and more ‘piney’ and more bitter than I was expecting. Malt profile is there supporting the bitterness and helps temper a lingering aftertaste. Well balanced and complex for an American Amber. Nice job to Jack and the boys at Home Brew Mart.
aleyin (14) - Murrieta, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Not a real pronounced aroma, Amber with creamy colored head. Good malt/hops balance. Citrus, caramel with a light to medium hoppy bitterness rebound that reminds a bit of IPA’s. My first Ballast Point taste. They’ve quite a rep and I want to discover why.
Palidor19 (3137) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not much to talk about, medium malts with some concentration of hops. it gives of a off flavor vibe.
nick76 (4364) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is piny with citrus and caramel. The appearance is amber with a large tan head. The flavor is astringent and malty with plenty of hops. The palate is thin. Overall it’s average.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 22 oz. Clear copper amber in color with a nice off white fluffy head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Hoppy citrusy malty aroma. Caramel notes. Piney earthy, grassy hops. Malty caramel floral hoppy flavor. Full bodied. Finish is bitter. Sweet tasting. Very drinkable.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark clear amber, creamy off white head. Toasty pink grapefruit and earthy aromas warm to lighter notes of chocolate black tea and caramel. Earthed grapefruit flavors and kisses of pine balance well on notes of sweet toasted caramel grains. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, soft bittersweet finish. Easy to put a few of these away…