ClarkVV (5519) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 2003 Tap.
Hazy orange, with some darker amber/brown tinges. Moderate amount of white head. Smells slightly fruity and hoppy. . .
Opens up with a big punch of. . .cascade hops? If not cascades, it’s quite similar. Hmm, citrus on an amber ale? This is interesting. Dries out and texture becomes papery and astringent (mildly). Body is medium to light at best. Malt is not strong, and body tastes soapy. Finishes with some grainy malt texture. Beer is completely lacking of any sweetness. Way to dry and the medium-light body does not ameliorate this. Thought they had given me a bells pale ale after the first sip. 2004 bottle. Tastes like a completely different beer. Quite good, tastes like belgian yeast, light caramel flavor and almost spicey hops as well. Very nice spritzy mouthfeel dosent get boring.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky orange with big floaties (and I poured pretty carefully) with a small white head. Some nutty maltiness, but mostly bitter citrus hop flavors. I wouldn't have identified this as an amber.
thehoff (596) - 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 (4820) - 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 (358) - 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 (3952) - 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.