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.
partchapol (42) - Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Citrus, sugar; hazy orange, thin bubbles; bittersweet, close to full body; somewhat thick, just ok, drinkable
vtmobile (42) - Alabama, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
calebrum (41) - Saint cloud, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful head, thick taste, grainy finish. Very agreeable for an amber ale. Not bad..
fogdoctor (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint glass, from bottle, about 40deg F. Pours translucent cloudy amber with little head. A low level of carbonation and a very rich creamy texture that lingers on the palate. Strong taste of cane sugar, caramel, malt, and finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness. After the beer warmed up a but there was a very nice shot of orange and citrus that was unexpected.
This beer is quite good. It could use a little more bitterness to balance the sugars and more carbonation to enhance the finish. Regardless, it is a tasty brew that I will have again.
denzo45 (40) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent amber ale. Nice malty aromas, light sweetness. Easily drinkable. It’s a little on the thin side.
Stracey (39) - Pelham, Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok. Pours a nice dark amber. Nose like an IPA. Hoppy and a little citrus aroma. Taste is a little flat without much depth, but ok. A little caramel and nutty flavor.
BlueRidgeMatt (39) - Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid Amber Ale. Color is good. Nice nutty/caramel flavor with good carbonation. Crisp finish. Solid and would welcome another round
purduebacchus (39) - USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque brown-red with a thick white head. Light caramel aroma. Caramel flavor, with some hoppy bitterness.
scotch4281 (39) - Hollywood, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very light bodied. Had a good flavor. Amber beers are among my favorites, so I enjoyed trying this one.