JK (5592) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amber ale in name only. Everything about this beer screams pale ale. Good, complex aroma. Citrus and hops, as well as dry grass. Orange, with considerable sediment in the bottle. Large, off white head. Flavor is light citrus and hops, with considerable sweetness.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Had this one bottled. Not a bad red, although different in many ways from a standard red like Killians. Certainly lacks some of the potency of hop flavor, but more nuanced, caramel like sweetness and smoothness.
Rerate 10/6/2012: I actually stand by everything I said earlier.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of dry malt in the nose and the body. Hops are subtle. Clean, crisp and smooth.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent amber with copper color and particulates in the beer. Nice head out of bottle. Terrific blend of hop and malt and sweet tea undertone that results in an excellent Bell’s Beer!!! This one in my book is again underrated. Not the best but definitely a superior Amber.
JPDIPSO (5381) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a dark beige smaller head. Citrus and caramel seem to highlight the aromas. Crisp and sharp feel. Not smooth like I would prefer this style. Light milk caramel with an acidic hops backdrop. Seems to have a light sour fruit contingency as well. Different from your average amber, unfortunately different does not always mean better.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color. Mostly taste of sweet malt, not much hop here. Finishes pretty smooth though.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. I came into this beer with negativity, since I’d heard friends rag on this flagship, but I was pleasently surprised. The aroma was a mellow caramel. The flavors had a perfect balance of malt and hops. This is something I can appreciate, as I’m not a hop head, and while I enjoy a good dose of malt, it can get old. I think this is a beer I could enjoy for some time. It finishes smooth and crisp and leaves a nice lingering flavor on the tounge. Nice!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dunae, again thanks. Poured red, with an orangeish head. Foamy and good lacing. Rich malty beer yeast aroma. Hops is the first taste, 2nd and 3rd. Smooth with crsip clean taste. Light (desired) mouth feel. Hops again to finish. Good.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange yellow in color with a nice head. Malty and hoppy aroma. Smooth tasting. Smooth malty flavor. Nice hop character. Clean tasting. Decent beer.
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic flavour dancing all over. At first it isn’t surprising but it definitely keeps you coming back. Great amber colour with some suspended yeast. Head was quickly gone, but that didn’t seem to matter. A nice subtle sweet taste to go with some nice hops. This one can go down easily. Thanks to bswatzky for this one.