beernbourbon (1249) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is clear dark brown with thin white head. Aroma is caramel malt, molasses, pine hops, grahan crackers, and grapefruit. Flavor is rich: caramel malt, pine hop, butterscotch, and a hint of coffee. Finish is cofee and caramel. Could only drink one or two of these at a time, but nice.
Strykzone (4386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Johnny’s Sidebar. Was surprised to see this was a brown. Very light in color and taste. Quite malty with grain. A simple and an easy beer to drink. That ABV can sneak up with this beer.
WabashMan (1006) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A brown ale...and INDIA brown ale. Hmm...should be interesting! Take the word "brown" and put "India" before it, and what do you expect? A hoppy as hell brown ale...that’s what! Well, here it is. Looks like a brown. Smells like a brown. Tastes like...an American strong? An odd combo, to be sure. The sweet nuttiness of a brown’s aroma, but the flavor is more Arrogant Bastard than brown ale.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle- nice looking beer- dark brownish red- a slight smoky bacon aroma, but mostly sweet and pleasant- The taste is mostly bitter with a definite metallic thing going on at first- the beer mellows into a hoppy, roasted, decent beer, but the bitterness is tough to get by- Not bad, but I was not blown away.
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer poured a transparent dark amber brown with a off-white caramel colored head. The aroma was sweet and hoppy. It tasted quite hoppy, but didn’t have that much else going on with it. For an anniversary beer it seemed kind of ho-hum.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate resiny nose with hints of maple and molasses. Deep brown with amber notes, frothy tan medium head. Chocolate dusted sugar white toast sweetness, solid citrusy bitter balance. Solid carbonation, medium body, slightly roasty hoppy finish. Very nicely done, a great marriage of the different flavors.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle from Andersons in Toledo, OH. This poured a clear brown with a tan head. The aroma was hoppy, as well as the flavor. I wasn’t impressed, or disappointed with this, but I would get it again, if I could find it! Cheers!
Lowe1983 (1319) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brown color with a tan head. Slight nuttiness with some citrus hops and some dark fruits. Flavor is sweet at first with some caramel and some slight roasted malts. Finishes bitter from the citrus hops.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tonight seems to be the night for Anniversary beers, first Shiner now Boulder. Big ABA aroma, loaded with hops and roast. Bad label, good cap, clear dark toasty brown, with a HUGE spray insulation foam head. Standard micro longneck. An interesting west coast brew, lots of American hops over a sweet, perhaps watery/vacant backbone. Roast and hop bitterness, some crisp, green potato veggie notes. Medium to medium-light bodied. I didn’t realize that India Brown Ale was an actual category, but it probably ought to be - I’ve run into enough of them and it’s a perfect description. ABC Liquors.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 TAP: opaque red/orange pour, foamy head. Citrus hop nose and taste, very clean and drinkable. Nice beer.