popilius (61) - Chicagoland, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoy this brew frequently on tap in a Chicago jazz club- it’s full-bodied with just a pinch of sweetness, but balanced perfectly. Nice color, and has that unique, consistent Bells flavor. Actually, I’m a Bells Amber ambassador. It may not be for everyone, but it’s one of my very favorites. I probably enjoy it more than most; every one I’ve had has been quite enjoyable.
Jfishback13 (275) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good Amber beer. There is a strong malty aftertaste, but it can be quite charming as long as it doesn’t turn you off.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A little sweet and a nice hop flavor. Looks and smells excellent, but there was a mild soapy flavor that really ruined it for me.
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve never been as big a fan of this as other people. Seems out of kilter.
mhassing99 (1) - Zimmerman, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
For me, this is the best beer that I have ever had. All other beers must attempt to be this good.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Silky smooth. One just isn’t enough. If you ever get a chance to try this as the tan in a black and tan... take that chance. You won’t be dissapointed.
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I spotted my landlord drinking Busch, so I picked him up a six of these. He has been adventurous in the past with my fridge full of three floyds stuff, so he eagerly gulped the first one. I grabbed one to rate: I’m not sure about the description of ’fruity flavor’, it was sweet and malty with enough hops to make a presence. Very drinkable and refreshing, my landlord loved them, but I’ll choose their Two Hearted over this.
olympian (107) - USA - APR 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I always think of Amber as Larry’s ’flagship’ brew.
It’s a very good amber ale; with just a dab less malt prominence it would be one of my favorites.
Also one of Bell’s most consistent brews - it always tastes the same (some of his seasonal beers vary wildly from one year to the next, as might be expected).
20 years ago it would have been a pipe dream to find an amber ale this good that was brewed this side of the Atlantic, and that is saying a great deal.
RE-RATE BEGINS HER: Lately, I have had this more frequently on draft than in bottles, and I have to up it a bit. My original rating (3.3) I stick to for bottle, but on draft, this is *truly* good!
Yet another beer that you haven’t really had until you’ve had it off the tap.
jaymobrown (1649) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I try to get it whenever I can.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I probably had overly high expectations for this. It was good - but not amazing. Nice color and good flavorings.