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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bookseeb (108) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Appearance has a dark amber color leaving thin dissipating head and nil lace. smell of sweet caramel malts with a light roast and floral hops. Taste doesnít have the sweetness as in the aroma with more of stale hops coming through thats a little sour in the end. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. Could have been at room temperature for awhile before thrown in the cooler before I bought it.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
brenn79 (1468) - Idaho, USA - DEC 28, 2012
22 oz. bottle- Pours dark orange to red with a thin ugly head that immediately reduces to a collar of big ugly bubbles, this looks nothing like an IPA. The aroma is sweet and candy like, very little hops. The taste is very neutral, not much taste here, what is there is more sweet malt, a little dryness that I would assume is from the hops. This beer is a mess, everything about it is flawed, nothing offputting, but very very flawed.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bomber from LetsPour.com (or similar). Pours dark amber - nearly brown. No head. Sort of a brown ale aroma. Med body. Flavor is rather brown ale. The bottle was only half full, apparently the cap was loose and it leaked. Itís fairly flat. Iíd think it should be floral, and it is a little, but itís much more on the earthy side. No sign of infection. Finish is bitter/earthy. Works for me.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sledutah (4276) - Utah, USA - DEC 4, 2012
22oz bottle (Santiam 2012) from JBís
Appearance: Pours cloudy amber with a medium sized off-white head that dissipates to a small ring, good lacing
Aroma: Caramel, toasted malts and herbal
Taste: Matly, caramel, nutty, bready with a bitter herbal
The bottle says ESB, which is more accurate than IPA that it is listed as. Malty, nutty, herbal. I donít get any hops coming through. I did not like this, footbalmed.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this as an extra in a recent trade. Andre always manages to send beers from breweries that I have never heard of and this is no exception. This is the 2012 Santiam edition. This one is listed on the bottle at 5.4%.

The beer pours a brick red color with a small off-white head. The aroma is fairly sweet with some circus peanut notes coming through. I also get some orange and a bit of pine. The flavor is also fairly sweet. There is some grass and iced tea notes, but the sugar and orange notes also come through. There is the slightest bit of bitterness but overall this is a fairly sweet IPA. Fairly odd, but also enjoyable. I will be honest and say I have never really had a beer quite like this one. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle... Poured deep, hazy, red/amber with a thick forming, light beige head. If I remember correctly I believe the bottle said this was along the ESB style. Which I donít get at all for a Fresh Hop beer. I mean, this style doesnít exemplify hops and thatís what is craved with a Fresh Hop beer. Malty and sweet, chewy bread, nutty with some earthiness and pine from hops. Good drinking beer, mediocre Fresh Hop beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Draught @ Brouwerís Cafe:   Ruby hued amber, deep fiery colors, moderate to large foamy tannish head, nice lacing.   Subtle hop nose, big malt bill, or so it seems.   Not real vibrant or hoppy, at least for a fresh hop.   Soft hoppiness up front, nice malt base, clean.   Seems like a hoppy Amber to me.   Yeah, soft earthy/soil on the malt side, otherwise a little nutty.   Very much a hoppy Amber, which is enjoyable.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Sweet malty finish with a nice hop bite.   Tame for an IPA, but as a hoppy Amber its nice.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rodriguez (232) - Quito, ECUADOR - OCT 19, 2012
Amber IPA, malty, hops, citrus, well balanced. Everybody on the tour who tasted this one at the brewery thought it was excellent. I liked it because it had something like a dry finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2012
2012 Santiam bottle, 5.4% ABV. Surprisingly dark and copper colored. Surprisingly malt forward as well, making me think this isnít your typical fresh hop ale. Itís more like a fresh hop Irish red ale. Has some nice malt flavors (toast, bread crust, multigrains and a bit of burnt), but if youíre looking for fresh hop nuances (earthy, green and grassy), theyíre kind of hard to find behind the malts. Bitterness is on the mild side as well. Overall, itís a decent beer; just donít expect a normal fresh hop experience. And itís definitely not an IPA, as itís currently (Oct. 2012) categorized.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (751) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Bomber of Santiam 2012 Vintage. Light burgundy colored in appearance with a small cap of tan foam. Mostly caramel, malt and medicinal hops notes in the aroma. The taste opens up with a fair amount of toasted malt, toffee and herbal hops flavors as well as some citrus and caramel toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with adequate carbonation and a dry, malty finish. The overall flavor is much closer to an ESB or an Amber than an IPA. Other than the fact that it tastes nothing like a Fresh Hop Ale, itís a decent brew .


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