BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Most beers self-described as amber ales aren’t too exciting and this one, while solid, falls into that category.
Appearance is a very reddish and bright body with a soapy head that quickly fades to a light scum around the edges of the glass. Aroma is biscuit-y at first, with some hops around the edges of the malt aroma..."balanced" came to mind as a descriptor. Flavor is mostly malty, but has a nice mellow caramel character and some metallic-ness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Pretty good, but not exactly a knock-out.
BTW - I liked the packaging of this beer; both that it was in a can and the artwork on the can.
Thanks to JaBier for supplying me a can of this beer!
matt7215 (2167) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml can from a trade with scrizzz. pours reddish orange with a lingering tan head. nice malt aroma of caramel with back hopping. the flavour is the same. it finishes perfectly balanced but a little thin. pretty damn good for a session amber. thx clint!
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Downtown Wine & Gourmet in Harrisonburg, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a medium frothy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel and toffee with some distinct resiny hop notes in the finish. Taste is nutty with caramel and citrus hop notes. Tastes very much like a bitter. Medium-full bodied. Well crafted and very much hitting the spot right now.
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper pour, low head and light lace. Hoppy beery aroma. Light carb, very hoppy and sweet with a light caramel fruity taste. A bit of vanilla and a little bit of woody hops in the after, tasty!
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from Can into Pint glass.
Pours a clear radiant amber color with a fizzy off-white head that quickly dissolves into some wispy remnants. The aroma has biscuit malts, some brown sugar and some very faint hop scents. It has a lot of caramel malt up front with some hops on the end to round out the flavor. Its a light bodied beer with plenty of carbonation. This is something I’d buy if I were looking to take it easy on my taste buds. Extremely sessionable.
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. can. Pours a murky dark amber with the faintest swirl of graish suds up top. Not much happening there, really. The nose is a little bit of brown bread and brown sugar. The body’s watery-ish, a little crisp, just big enough to stand up for itself. As a rule, the lighter flavors of an amber, or beers this size in general, don’t really stand up to a lot of sugar. There’s nothing for the sugars to play against until you start ratcheting up the other stuff. This is a perfect example of a thoroughly decent beer with no mistakes that suffers from too many sugars kicking around--a drier, earthier profile, like the Full Sail Amber, is much more drinkable and refreshing ("interesting" is probably aiming a little high at this level of grain bill). Brown sugar and brown bread with no hops to knock heads with, and no chewy body to stabilize them, well, they’re just a lot of sugar in the water. Mild finish. Man, I don’t envy people having to come up with a winner in this style...just punt and make your amber to please non-beer-drinkers. Which explains why so many of them taste like this, probably.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich amber with a thick head. Aroma is pleasantly complex for an amber with floral hops, tight amber/crystal malts, some malty sweetness, earhiness, and a hint of nut and bubble gum. Medium-bodied with easy mix of earthy malt and hops. Moderately sweet and bitter. Slight tangerine-citrus hop twang. A well-rounded, very drinkable amber.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice caramel aroma. Flavor has notes of caramel, pine, roasted malt, and floral hops. Pretty hoppy for an amber, but a great balance. Good all-around session beer.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can. Pours cloudy amber in color with full foamy tan head. Aroma sweet, malt and lite floral hops. Taste roasted malt and caramel with bitter finish.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Metallic taste, clear amber brown with a slightly hoppy caramel aroma. Feels coppery.