GT2 (8352) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I can’t believe the worst national beer is trying to reinvent itself via Belgium’s InBev. Pours a fairly nice amber with high carbonation and a good, creamy, white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is distantly hops, water, grass, maybe some nuts and and sweet malt. Taste is watery with a half-ass attempt at dry-hopping. It almost tastes fake from the appearance, nose, and mouthfeel. It is certainly better than Budweiser the ’’American Lager’’ but still sucks in my opinion. Not really worth the glass bottle it is pressurized into. Nice try.
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Deep red color with a quickly disappearing head. Malty with a fruity hop aroma. Candy-like but still pleasant. Taste is thin with vegetal hops and lots of sugary malt notes. Thin body.
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Really not bad at all. Pours with a small, off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Clear amber body underneath. Aroma is slightly hoppy with light caramel malt. Taste is hoppy with a little bit of caramel. Really not bad or at all. Lightly fizzy.
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at Montgomery Inn in Dublin. The beer is a mostly clear amber-brown color with a medium light beige head that recedes quickly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Mildly sweet toasted malt aroma. Light body with sweet caramel malt flavor and faint hops. The finish is sweet and malty and does not linger long. About what I expected overall.
DocLock (7824) - 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.
shrubber85 (7515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Creamy caramel malt aroma with a hint of hops . Dark amber color with small head. Caramel malt and moderate pine hops flavor. A very nice amber ale - probably won’t be a hit with regular A-B drinkers though.
Skinnyviking (6925) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Medium high creamy and lasting offr-white head. Clear dark brown body. Mild caramel malt aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with a lot of carbonation and a short sweet aftertaste.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby-amber color with a light tan head. A mostly noble hop aroma. Malty flavor with spice and grass that turns slightly sweet. Medium bodied. Some creaminess. Malt lingers with a light fruitiness and spice.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stollen from Kevin Murphy of MST3K fame:
"POUR - presents medium-amber, resembling a well worn baseball glove. Pale head starts large then disappears quickly, but with a firm pledge to be back in 2012.
NOSE - Initially sweet and malty, mild citrus hop notes, fading quickly to reveal a strong base note of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Hints of buttered toast, Kodiak snuff and air burps after a meal at Arby’s.
BODY - Paunchy, with skinny legs and more than a little hair. Mouthfeel reminescent of French-kissing a Teamster.
TASTE - Smooth, subtle, nuanced - wait, that’s my tongue. The beer isn’t giving me anything. Okay, there’s some malt, and something resembling hops, although not exactly hops; more like a photocopy of a picture of some hops. However, a dominant flavor is taking hold now, familiar, seductive. It’s the flavor of marketing. Aftertaste leaves me bitter, clinging to religion and guns.
CONCLUSION: This is a beer for those who would prefer to drink regular Budweiser but who have girlfriends. If you’re a Sam Adams Drinker, save your money and pour this into old Sam bottles. Keep in mind that Anheuser-Busch is now owned by a bunch of Belgians who have flooded the world market with their inexplicably popular version of carbonated urine, Stella Artois. Ultimately, those seeking gusto will be more satisfied with Schlitz."
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep golden amber, moderate foamy white head. Earthy caramel aroma. Same one-dimensional palate that initially is served so cold as to be nearly flavourless, but as it warms up the earthy caramel comes forward with some some pear fruit notes. The finish has a low astringent bitterness that is barely there. Not as bad as I had anticipated, but if you’re after a quality amber ale there are hundreds to choose from that are better than this.