sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a medium statured tan head, retention is fair and the lace aint too shabby either. Clear, amber colored ale, really a nice lookin brew. Nose is mostly caramel malts with a light hoppiness and a little dusty. Body is lightly medium, lightly oily on the palate, somewhat creamy, decent mouthfeel. Caramel malt flavors dominate, lightly sweet, a hint of butterscotch and toffee, light tea bag notes as well. Finish is almost dry, earthy and quick. A surprisingly decent brew for the boys at AB though i really believe they coulda went that extra step or two, but once again they dumb it down for the masses.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
7/27/08 From 12oz bottle. Aroma is a fairly even blend of peppery hops and carmel malt, with an almost colalike background sweetness. Appearance is clear copper with a thick fluffy cream colored head. Flavor is much lighter, but still quite peppery. Malt is more even sweet/sour and develops better caramel as it warms up. Hops seem like an even PNW and noble blend with medium bittering. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight creaminess and medium carb bite. Overall, very easy drinking and different; this seems a lot less dry than a lot of amber ales.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a brown amber color. Aroma of caramel, sweet malt, light hop. Flavor is lightly hopped and heavily malted. Smooth body and finish. Not a bad effort.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample bottle provided by my distributor. Pours a clean light red with an off white fizzy head. The aroma is of caramel, honey, with a hint of hops. The flavor is fairly balanced, too smooth, and very easy on the palate. There is not a whole lot of flavor, but this is worlds better than anything else I have tasted from AB.
unclemattie (3913) - Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma of honey, caramel, and soft hop. Amber color. Very balanced. smooth and easy to drink. Smooth caramel malt character.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber with a big frothy honey colored head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and hop aroma with citrus, spice and CO2. Great body with a smooth, creamy palate. Heavy caramel and toffee flavor but not too sweet. Has a pleasant, fleeting fruitiness. Mellow hop flavor that is no match for the caramel malt. Finishes not bitter enough with a touch of astringency and a small metallic note. My favorite part of this beer is the palate.