roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - AUG 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sometimes good, sometimes not. When it's good the malt profile is awesome. Lots of rich complexity that has a solid backbone well into the finish. Easily one of the best. When it's bad, however, there is a persistent sourness that wrecks the beer. Serving it very cold alleviates the problem a little. If I could be assured of getting the "good" version each time I made a purchase then I would always have this in my fridge. Instead, the schizophrenic quality control issue relegates this brew to a dissappointed glance each time I see it on the shelf. When this beer is good I would rate it close to a 4.
sethdude (678) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2003 Poured a great, hazy, unfiltered orange/gold with lots of large floaties, thin khaki head. No lacing. Smells hoppy and sweet, some medium malts in there, too. Tastes of sharp hops and decent malts, maybe more malts than I tend to like in this sort of beer. Very good, nonetheless.
rs2tech (1) - USA - JUL 30, 2003 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoy this beer. Nice appearance - slightly cloudy with a nice amber color. Aroma is not very strong but has a nice almost caramel apple smell with a delicate hops undertone. Taste is similar to smell, sweet/caramel/apple, decently hopped with a nice clean finish on the palate that leaves no aftertaste at all. Definitely one of my staples although not my favorite style of beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: This pours a hazy amber/orange color w/ a 1 inch white head that slowly disappears.
Nose: I get a little bit of green apple in the nose along with some hops
Flavor: it's a very hoppy amber but it's offset by sweetness, too. This makes it quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is crisp & clean.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in KZoo: Yep it's an Amber alright. I was greeted by sweet caramel malt and fresh berry/apple aroma with a touch of dough yeast thrown about for good measure. Sweet tasting on the forefront with a delayed bitter hop balance, clean and crisp, taste was gone before you knew it. Dry and lively mouthfeel with no noticable flaws on the palate. Nice lighty fruity and hoppy beer. Underrated IMO, better on the tap than the bottle.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 14, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
purchased a 6er of this from E-Z Way in Muskegon on my trip home, rather plain i thought, creamy malt flavor, crisp hops but that was about it... no real other defining flavors jumping out of this one
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber w/ tan foam & excellent lacing. Good fresh malt & floral hop nose. Light yet sticky body. Good malt (caramel, butterscotch) & hops flavour w/ hints of nuts.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2003 RBSG2003 (extended)
On tap at the brewery.
Clear, deep golden brew. Small, creamy, white head which retains well. Nice lacing.
The aroma is of white bread, butterscotch, honey-butter and a subtle, unidentified, fuzzy fruit.
Creamy, rich flavor. Caramelly and malty up front. Nicely bittered and balanced on the backside.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Bitter, dry, grassy finish!
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick head, light as some of my fellow friends noticed with me (Hoppygrrrl and Psych.). Very sweet aroma, some honey and caramel. Slightly alcoholic, medium light body. Light and refreshing brake from heavier brothers. Fun to drink
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(On tap at Bell's) With an unexpectedly light color for an "amber" ale, this brew has a sweet aroma. Hoppy, tangy flavor, but falls flat. In sum: OK, but rather disappointing.