jake65 (2637) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a darker than expected copper/amber color with a thick sandy head. Light malty aroma with a little toffee and earthiness. Flavor is mild and malty, some bits of toffee and roastiness (albeit very light roastiness, it’s still roasty. Or maybe more toasty? Either way...). no real hoppiness, but we can’t be full of suprises here. The caramel maltiness really mellows out this brew, but still a decent summer offering.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 7, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I find this ironic now that they are no longer an American company, but I had to try it anyway. One of the better beers thatt they have put out in years, literally. Light caramel and toffee, some light sweetness, but does not manage to stay balanced, very thin and somewhat off in the finish. Finishes with a dry black tea/cola carbonated feel.
DocLock (7876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from State Line. Deep coppery toward brown pour with 2-finger khaki head. Nose is grainy caramelly malt, mild earthy hops. Tastes caramel malty, crisp, on the dry side, with finishing hops and earthy vinous fruit notes. Not too shabby, but not very complex.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 My first Bud rating. Moderate biscuit aroma, simple and respectable. Gotta give praise for the color and appearance, there’s a good clear toffee/red color, full head, and fair lacing. Sweet bready flavor, fairly stable construction, but falls apart in the finish, slightly metallic and somewhat thin. Good mouthfeel, goes down easy. I’m not sure that this would be a transitional beer. More pale than most Ambers and too dark for the Pale Lager fans.
sloth (2494) - 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 (4200) - 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.