GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2008
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
This beer really does bite. It’s amber with a shallow head. Aromas of skanky roasted citrus malt. Medium nectar with good carbonation. The flavor is twisted by a peach pit bittering component that combines citrus and boiled caramel. Hints of burnt coffee on the bitter finish. Just horrible.
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample given by local distributor: I went into this with an open mind and heart, I know that AB with it’s resources could come up with something other than a Bud Light product extension... here it goes, aromas highlite the crisp hops, it really reeks of some fresh hops, the malt is kept in check but adds some sweetness to the mixture, this American Ale is beautiful in the glass, an incredible bright ruby red with a fluffy 2 finger head, lacing is spotty but it sticks, flavor is where it falls a little short, they got the look and the aromas right, but the flavor is light compared to some of the more extreme beers, hops start out then some roasted malts, but the body is too thin to add any weight to the greatness that lies within, this is the only place where it falls short, BUT overall, it’s a nice beer and would drink it again if they had it available at places.
hombrepalo (1828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, first to rate it in Illinois, cool! This was just ok. Somewhat a generic, safe amber ale. You can tell this was a mass produced ale. Poured a nice amber color with some head, not as much lacing as most good amber ales. Aroma is soft, almost unnoticable. Taste is weak, where are the hops they promised? Aftertaste is weak too. Overall a drinkable beer but not something I would reccomend.
bhensonb (11070) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the St. Louis brewery tour tap room. This isn’t supposed to be in distribution (according to the folks in the tap room) until 9/15? Nice amber color with a multifinger off-white head. Nice floral aroma. Medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is spicy hop over mild caramel. Finish is nicely balanced. Proves A-B can make a tasty product. Likely the best beer they have. Course having it really fresh might have helped.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber colored with a rather large white head. Generic malty/fruity aroma with no trace of hops. The flavor is sweet and bland with just a faint touch of hops at the finish. Extremely dull.
jb (2192) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apple/pear aroma with a super dose of right off the pot warm sweet malt!! Great nose. Classic amber color, nice lacing. Nice looking. Palate starts out sticky and malty, in the middle is effervescent with a bit of hops, then finishes dry. Very nice.
cheap (4055) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2008
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Let’s get back to the basics. Brown english looking bottle that does not have a twist off cap! Aroma is somewhat pine-apple and pine hop aroma. Uncloudy dark iced tea color with plenty of fine sparkling carbonation visible within. Thin tan head. Comes on like a good APA bordering on IPA territory. Ale? heheheh. Has a nice continuous creamy carbonation on the palate and it is welcomed. OK, so AB is now making beer, like many micro brewers, which has personality and offensiveness? Medicinal back of throat lingering finish. Would not know this is AB unless I saw the label.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was a free bottle offered to Dragonstout and I as we sat at JP Henleys. The bartender wanted our "Ratebeer" oppinion. And truly, if you drank this blind not knowing it was Budweiser, you would probably be suprised. Pour was a nice light amber color. Nose was honey and citrus. Flavor was orange, malty sweetness and very detectable hops. Leaving for a bitter finish. I will be very interested to see how the masses accept this beer, one of the hoppier ones produced, in my oppinion, by this brewer.
dwyerpg (4566) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2008
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A pretty decent aroma. A little roast, a little caramel. The beer disappoints however. It has some caramel, but mostly just seems too thin. No real noticeable hops; maybe a little in the finish. A better offering from thes guys, but I wouldn’t try it again.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted 8/15/08. 12oz bottle. This currently holds the record for the highest % beer from my hometown boys. This is from my notes...Filtered with an amber hue. Layer of off-white head. Slight nose with touch bready malts. Light, almost medium bodied with a nice tangy flavor and a slight bitterness. Mild caramel malts with a slight hoppy finish. Touch muted, but tasty flavor. Solid effervescence with a crisp tingle. Quite substantial hop dose, for a big timer! Noticeable in the finish. Tight and citrusy when it’s straight from the fridge. As it warms, the palate rounds and rolls. Too little too late? I wonder how long this will be around. But a stand up effort from the home team!