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.
lhns03 (103) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bell’s in Colorado!!! Gotta love that. Against other ambers this would be one of my favorites, that being said still not an amazing beer or style. Smells like light biscuit and orange, hint of toffee. Flavor is good with nice bittering orange peel hops to clean it up. Mouthfeel is medium with medium high carbonation.