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.
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is drinking incredilby well. It is impeccably balanced. Aroma is minimal with hints of caramel. Appearance is amber with stagnant carbonation. Taste is malt forward balanced by a slight hop bitterness with strong caramel notes. Palate is very smooth and dry. Great beer.
bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy orange with foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Fruity, malty aroma. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Lively, but smooth. I really, really like this one. Not my typical favorite type of beer, but if I’m looking to kick back a bunch of beers, I’ll try to gt a case of this stuff. I could drink 9 of these, and I’d enjoy every bit of it.
mattern33 (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Cloudy medium amber color. Average head. VERY smooth on palate. Nice light malty flavor with light hop flavor. More malt than hop flavor
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(On tap at Bell's) With an unexpectedly light color for an "amber" ale, this brew has a sweet aroma. Hoppy, tangy flavor, but falls flat. In sum: OK, but rather disappointing.
bboven (103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an awesomly thick amber ale with loads of flavor. Agreat traveling beer as it does not need to be fridge-cold to be enjoyable.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The body is an exceptionally clear amber color topped with a very small white head that fell quickly.
S: There is a pleasant sweet malty aroma with caramel notes from the beer.
T: There is a bit of hoppiness that presents itself in the flavor; having been hidden in the aroma. This is backed up by a bit of caramel but is bitterness dominated.
M: This is a good light bodied beer without being watery.
D: Nothing in this beer really stands out even though it is a solid beer. A good example of an amber ale but not one to write home about. Would make a good session beer though.
Snot19kilo (103) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 12oz. Pours just like the name. Amber in color with a weak white head.
Aroma is honey, fruit, malt some caramel.
Flavor was Caramel, roasted malt, and a bit of berries. ok beer have had better beers of this style. so so.
joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber with little head but very clingy. Light malty aroma. Light creamy malty swee taste with a hint of black currant, nicely offset with finishing hops. Surprisingly light mouthfeel considering the taste. Finishes a bit fuller than the start.
rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Im not a big fan of the amber ale style, but I have been told by so many that this is one of the best. Its good, caramel, amber colored, with a caramel toast presence with a nice hop balance. For the style its good.