Dogbrick (9456) - 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.
GT2 (9360) - 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.
shrubber85 (9021) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Amber coloured beer with a very thick and persistent white head. Aroma is lightly malty and a soft chewy nutty sweetness. A very soft floral/fruity hopopy aroma on the top. A kiss of floral/fruity sweetness and a bit of light maltiness. Decent balance. It’s a bit too sweet for my tastes, but it certainly isn’t a bad beer. A light sweet nuttiness.
arminjewell (8626) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured amber with an off white head, smelled of malt and slight floral hops. Taste upfront is a bit of cascade leading into hay and cornlike malt with a sweet finish. Better showing from bud, but disappointing.
DocLock (8533) - 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.
DuffMan (8000) - 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.
BVery (7963) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Bottle. Clear amber pour with a foamy off-white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is caramel malt with a touch of hop. Medium palate, not overly carbonated. Taste is caramel malt, a little bit watery, and just a touch of metallic tinge at the end. Not too bad.
BMan1113VR (7904) - 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.
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Taste is malty, caramel, some hop finish crisp.
Nothing special, and still nothing I would buy.