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RATINGS: 1411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Made from mostly pale malt and some Munich and caramel malts. These add a little sweetness, which is balanced by more hops. The result is a rich color and fruity flavor.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2002
nice orange/amber body with a big white lumpy head. Pleasant mild hop aroma, hints of yeast and toasted malts. same in taste, a bit more perfumey as it warmed. Well drawn out finish with fruity floral undertones.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Draft. Rated in a smoky bar, when tired and more than a bit buzzed, so not ideal; but this is a rich, characterful amber, with a wonderfully complex, creamy, sweet/bitter mouthfeel, well above average in its style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2002
color is copper and very cloudy. head is decent but not huge and leaves behind some sheeting. aroma is strong on the malts, but i was surprised to get a whiff of the hops this baby has to back it up! i would say this beer is dominated slightly by the malts, but the hops really come through in the finish. normally i tend to steer clear of amber ales, because i dont like the word "amber", however, i have seen the error in my ways.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtmobile (43) - Alabama, USA - DEC 11, 2002
nice color and a good white head. aroma is distantly fruity and a little faintly alcohol, not altogether pleasant. palate is predominantly hopped, bitter aftertaste with high carbonation. The palate is complex for an amber, lacks the usual caramel flavors and has no sweetness. Bitterness is more reminiscent of an IPA. This is a good, drinkable beer, but not one I buy again. Judging from the other comments, the draft variety is a different animal than the one from the bottle and I would like to try that one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Nice head that stays for a while. Malty beginnning that finishes quite bitter for an amber. Much sweeter and more well rounded on draught, as are all offerings from K-zoo brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fraternie (893) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2002
I haven’t tried too many beers of this style...not quite as good as John Courage in my book, flavor is slightly lacking and the body is thin for an ale. Worth a taste though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
earthgirl99 (25) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2002
Beautiful color. Better than your average amber. Kind of chestnutty. Round and pleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Sweet, fruity aroma that follows through in the taste. A strong fruit-malt beginning complimented with a pleasant bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Beautiful white head on this one. A load of hops for a dry finish but not overdone. I drink this in summer when I can’t get Bell’s Oberon.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Auburn, with a creamy off-white head. Nose is peachy and a bit fruity, with noticeable hops. I usually think of ambers as malty, not particularly hopped brews, but this one has a load of hops. Very bitter. Slight fruit of the peach or apricot variety, but mostly just sharply bitter with few malts.


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