wr399 (8) - USA - MAY 2, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would agree with ’jackstraw’ a little think to be an ale, But I still enjoyed it very much. Its a nice beer to have with a light meal.
SBFilms (8) - - MAY 14, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees
full review at http://lownobudgetreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/07 (Ryan’s Reviews)
In general, I’m not a fan of brown ales. I think they are… well… kind of boring. ANTLER pours a rich mahogany brown that lets off some red tones when held up to the light, and is a bit more visually appealing than many brown ales I’ve had. It’s capped with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates pretty rapidly and leaves just a bit of lacing behind.
Taking a whiff, there is just not too much there. There is some nice maltiness, and a bit of nice medium body to the aroma. The taste is a pretty average brown ale flavor to me; the malt has a medium balance to it, neither too dark and astringent nor too light and golden. There are some hops on the back end, not much bitterness, and almost no hop aroma to speak of. The flavor has just a hit of nut – like walnut or hazelnut – and a very mild caramel undertone, which I wished were more pronounced.
ANTLER is pretty thin and smooth, with very light carbonation, and not nearly as substantial as it looks. The body of the beer was not too much heavier than water, which for many would be a good thing; this makes ANTLER a very easy to drink beer, if this is your style. For me, brown ales are just not something I really enjoy, and ANTLER didn’t do too much to change my mind.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice malt sweetness on the nose. Pours lehigh brown. A hint of caramel on the tongue but fades quickly. All things being equal, I prefer my brown ale from Newcastle.
AirForceHops (2369) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On draught at the brewery. Poured a dark copper color with thin white head, very light lacing. Aroma is real weak with maple syrup and nuttyness. The carbonation was light and the mouth feel was very watery, lacking any kind of real body. Very one dimensional.
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear brownish amber pour caramel malty aroma ... taste of sweet caramel and light chocolate little toasted .... light bitter malty finish ... a thinner and sessionable simple brown ale not offensive at all
roder60 (1270) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Pours a clear light brown with minimal head. Aroma is sweet but a bit stale. Flavor very watery and sweet. Straw/hay taste present. Reminds me of an extract homebrew clone of newcastle, though some of my homebrews have been much better.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
tap in Poconos: New Years eve: nothing special about this beer at all. Clear brown pour, muddy flavor of basic beer ingredients that are indiscernable. Weak.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On draught at the brewery: Poured a clear copper colour with not a whole lot of fizz. thin off white head. aroma is somewhere between maple syrup and butterscotch. Sweet smell, but taste comes across a little dull. Nice taste, but a little boring.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of sweet malt and earthy. Taste is much of the same with some spicy hints. Good for what it is.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. Bottle: Fain, slightly tart aroma of malts, tart fruit, cherries, and medicine. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a medium-sized tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling to very sparkling. Many tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly tart and slightly sweet. Tastes of tart fruit, cherries, malts, malted milk, and some cocoa. Medium body. Thin, lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Tart, cherry, malt, and malted milk finish. Much more a sour than a brown ale.
Proteus93 (65) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tea brown, with a fizzy and short lived head. A little trimming of lace left behind.
Sweet maltiness, a nice toasting, a slight nuttiness that makes for a pleasant aroma
Taste is unfortunately not as pleasant. Quite a watered down maltiness - mouthfeel is rather watery, as well. Slight roasted nut flavour, but almost ignorable, really.
If it were a little richer, it would be a decent session brew. If looking for a swigger, it could be a candidate, but there are better out there.