rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bomber a caramel-amber with large off-white head. Aroma is roasted grain and powdered cocoa. Flavor begins with a subtle sweetness with bittersweet chocolate and quickly drys out with roasted grain, caramel and malt ending in a somewhat tart finish. There is a smoothness throughout the palate running from lightly sweet to dry tart. Overall nice flavors and decent beer but rather over-priced for what’s here.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Nose of light citrus and piny hops mixed with caramel maltiness; hazy amber with a medium off-white head; flavor is hop bitterness and more light hop bitterness with a malty caramel background; finish is hop bitterness.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from BevMo - Pours a hazy amber color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted caramel malt and esters. Flavor is sweetened caramel malt and light esters. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Worth a try.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber pour with a thin fizzy head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruit, and citrus hops. Flavor follows the same pattern. Sweet and malty up front with a decent hop bite on the finish. A bit tingly on the palate. Not bad, but I wouldn’t search it out.
BrewDad (5078) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz Bomber - Corvallis Brewers Supply - Corvallis, OR
Aroma – A sweet malty nose with a huge hops background.
Appearance – Amber in Color, Thin head and clear.
Flavor – This beer had a huge hop presence. Too much for a Amber ale. The beer also had a sweet malt flavor which was very odd for this style.
Palate – OK Mouthfeel, Slick like texture with a dry Hoppy finish.
Overall – A nice beer but it was too hoppy and the slick malty sweetness was too much for this beer. Maybe a bad batch.
DarkElf (3037) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
07-Jul-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 12-May-08 for $3.79 at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA) Most amber ales are balanced toward the malty end of the spectrum, but this beer takes things in the opposite direction. While the entry is nicely balanced between mildly sweet, caramely malts and citrusy hops, the flavor and bitterness of the dusty hops grab a hold of the palate and finish with dominance. The beer would be fine, but in the finish, the unmistakable flavor of apple skins and astringent mouthfeel are technical flaws that distract considerably from the enjoyment of what would otherwise likely be a decent beer. Body is medium, carbonation is on the light side, and the mouthfeel is dry and dusty, and were it not for the astringency in the finish, this would be pleasant to drink. The nose is caramely and mildly sweet, but the hops don’t offer much in the way of aroma. The beer presents itself nicely in the glass, the inch-tall, foamy head forming an off-white layer on top of the slightly hazy, amber body. Intricate lacing covers much of the glass. Probably worth retrying down the road.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a dark red stained, amber color that shows a clear, reddish copper color when held up to the light. Fruity hop notes mix with a toasty, biscuit malt like note in the nose. A pronounced aromas of berries, almost a strawberry note, some touches of sweet citrus, some red grape aromas, and lighter malt notes of pale-toasted grain and whole-grain crackers are noticeable in the aroma.
Lightly sweet tasting with a light berry flavor (at least compared to the note in the aroma), something a bit like citrus spiked cider, and some lightly herbal, steeped pine needle flavors all seem to mostly come from hop components. The malt steps up towards the finish with chewy, whole grain bread flavors, and a distinct, lightly toasted biscuit note that lingers nicely on the tongue in the finish. A light hop bitterness contributes throughout and contributes a clean bite towards the finish. Nicea and quaffable with a lightness that doesn’t get thin and a persistent touch of carbonation.
A nice Amber ale that has a nicely noticeable hop character and some distinct malt notes, neither of which dominate or are overwhelming. Nice and easy drinking and a good example of the style; so it is not all that exciting.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
mjg74 (2568) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bomber from BevMo, La Mesa. Medium brownish in color. Very bready caramelized aroma. Sweet malty flavor. Tastes kind of like a hopped up brown. Not too bad.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber @ Piper Pub - Dark amber coloring , burnt almost brownish coloring, with a small, but supple fizzy head. Sweet honey-ish caramel malt nose pushing the verge of slightly over carbonated, but still quite drinkable, with lots of caramel , hints of honey and huts with a chewy malt finish.
highibus (740) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a deep amber color with nice white head and decent lacing. aroma of lightly sweet malt. flavor is sweet but slightly cloying. no real finish.