thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy orange. Smells slightly fruity, hoppy. Different. A little lighter than other Bell's beers. Slightly bitter but not that long of a finish. Sweet. Not bad at all for a Bell's product.
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pretty good. A little sweet, some hops flavor, but nothing outstanding.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical amber ale---well, typically good. Nothing really bad about it, but nothing stands out as better than the rest out there. Good balance of malt and hops, no bitterness, smooth finish, cloudy appearance makes it somewhat different....
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet aroma with a hint of marshmallow. Thick, cloudy,copper appearance with tiny bubbles. Fluffy head that dissipates and leaves no acing. Rich flavor with a unique sweetness that is not too cloying. Balanced nicely with a hop spice. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden cloudy color with thin head. Malty aroma with a touch of wheat.Nice hoppy finish with no aftertaste. Feels smooth in the mouth.
drywallman (326) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this at the Horn Bar on Mackinac Island while on a family trip. It had a long lasting head in the glass, had a nice amber color, with just the right amount of carbonation, and a sweet malt taste with grassy hops. A good drinker during a session.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark golden colour with a thin head. The nose is quite strong and the alcohol is quite present. Malty and kind of wheaty with an alcohol aftertaste. Not bad overall
Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2010 Cloudy golden with a thin layer of head. Fruity nose--berries with a light touch of banana. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Nicely hoppy with a good malt backbone. A delicious drinkin’ ale.
MaBeer1972 (1260) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very cloudy for an Amber Ale. Hoppy too. The finish is perhaps more bitter than I am used to for this style, hence the deduction for palate and overall. Thanks Psychprof for this one!
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.