BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good semi-rich mouthfeel, fruity taste, fresh and well-balanced with spicy undertones. A good run at an amber ale (not one of my favorite types).
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
New penny in color. I’m sorry, forgive me, but I just can’t get excited about Amber ales with no hop aroma. Subtle malt aroma, with a light hint of caramel and a suggestion of doughy yeast. You’d think malt magician Larry Bell could come up with something a little better smelling than this. Mild, mediocre malt flavor, which is very crisp, but overall husky. Caramel and toasted malt flavors, with herbaceous, weedy hops. Lacking bitterness and a pronounced hop flavor and aroma. This seems like an amber ale from a crappy brewpub.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Thanks pailhead. Pours a cloudy....amber with some orangish hints in it. Cloudy with a small white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is of very bready malts. Grainy and doughy and slightly sweet and yeasty. No hops in the nose. Flavor was sweet upfront of caramel and cereal grains, definitely a malt monster with a bit of malty nuttiness. Slight hop bitterness and earthy hops, possibly UK hops with maybe a tinge of grapefruit. Ester profile is moderate but gives just enough fruity balance. Finishes moderate dry. Body was quite full, especially for an amber; goes down smooth and easily with adequate carbonation. Great session beer. Solid but not ’blow-you-out-of-the-water’ like some other Bell’s.
UnsofistaCat (241) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I found this to be too sour and unbalanced. Almost thinking that maybe my 6 pack was stale and will rerate another time
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours copper. Very balanced brew, but then also somewhat on the fruity sweet side also. Nice creamy texture on the palate. Very mild. Sweet pear and other fruity flavors dominate the taste. Pale malts, and mild hops. Very mild, but distinct flavor.
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good transition beer. Not a bold strong Bell’s but a very decent brew, better than a national brand anything. Nice hops like a pale ale. Well malted. Very good after fish.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very heavy caramel, light notes of hops, powdered chocolate. Taste is sweet with caramel, some wheat charicteristics, and light hops in the background.
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like others have stated, this feels more like an IPA. However, there is a nice malt presence. Caramel malts, floral, fruity flavors. Nice, round mouthfeel. Well balanced and enjoyable.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Probably the best amber I’ve had. Malty sweet with plenty of hops in there. I detect maybe a little C-hop action, along with some really fruity, fresh malts. Good mouthfeel, Very nice.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours to a fizzy white head that quickly but not fully dispapates. The body is a liquid caramel color. There are tiny brown particles in the opaque body. The aroma is kinda weak. Light caramel malts and some apple peel with light nuts. The flavor is malty and lightly floral with an ever so slight nuttiness. I can’t say that this is very good. Perhaps an old bottle? The palate is velvety and has decent carbonation. Medium light mouthfeel, yet it still seems watery. This one falls way short of being a good beer.