joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
ok. i bought a case of this for 15 bucks on clearance having never heard of it. i didn’t give it much thought; my wife likes ambers, it’d be a good filler beer, and it’s cheaper than Yuengling. whatever.
Well, i tried it and was instantly in love. It drinks like so much more than an amber lager. it pours a cloudy sienna color with a thin off-white head. the aroma is kinda fruity- candy, bubblegum, cherry, plum- and toasty. the flavor, though, is what makes it. it’s really bready and toasty. it’s got a dark fruitiness to it. it’s got more hoppy bitterness than any other lager I can think of, and the finish is dry and malty with a pretty solid bitterness. i highly recommend it.
tbopslt (347) - New York, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(From notes 2011)
Poured from bottle at Durgin Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Pours a cloudy honey color with a minor head and almost no lacing. Nice aroma of hopiness with a touch of citrus, not too overwhelming but certainly present.
Sweet and slightly spicy in taste, very enjoyable. Average mouthfeel of a lager, good drink-ability. A very good session beer.
maxfxn (1) - USA - MAY 31, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
rich color. refreshing and great tasting when extremely cold. Very Hoppy, small head, medium to full body. A bit harsh at first, but very drinkable after the 1st few sips.
Braudog (5742) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured with the classic american amber ale appeal ... deep bornze, bubbly and well-headed. The aroma is thick, almost ashy. Wow, what a big body, just like their IPA, this is as chewy as an old piece of gum. The flavor is thick with caramel and candy, Bartlett pear, bit of sugar. Warm. Nice and big for the style. Well done. (#3059, 8/17/2007)
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz brown bottle from Florian’s. Translucent amber body with a half inch of off-white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Caramel malt characterizes the aroma with a slight hop presence, but slightly weaker than expected. Full-flavored though, with a roasty sweet caramel malt dominating the flavor with no more than a suggestion of hop, just enough to balance the malt. A nice balance to the flavor makes it pleasant and drinkable. Medium in body. A really nice brew. Somewhat simple, but pleasant, tasty, and satisfying. I’ll definitely be getting this one again.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 19, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours to a bright, amber color, with a tall, white head, and a good carbonation. The nose is fragrant, with good hop aromas of citrus and pine, paired with some sweet and toasted malt aroma. The palate is firm, with good pale, caramel, and toasty malt flavor, on a clean, round body. This beer finishes with more pale, and toasty malt flavor up front, then ends with a zesty, citrus hop bite that lingers. Very flavorful, very drinkable amber lager. I think the hop aromas and bitterness were a little too aggressive. I would have liked more malt character in the finish, and more malt aroma vrs hop aroma. That being said, this is a well made beer, one I enjoyed, and one I will re-visit.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this beer in bottle and on tap at Blackburn’s on Gloucester several times. I feel that this is more of an amber, gold-red color. Delicious, somewhat fruity flavor. Hope to see more beers from Cape Ann Brewing.
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright orange-amber. Very toasty aroma, some crackers and caramel. Fresh, toasty, with lots of fruity, spicy notes. Somewhat caramelly. I’m surprised, this is good.
thornecb (4395) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber into a shaker. Fluffy white micro head with excellent retention. Caramel malt aromas. Soft and well balanced with caramel upfront and a slight hop finish.
EithCubes (4888) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose lightly dusty with a sprinkling of sweet earth, Munich with the muted earthy-spiciness of English hops. Pours a beautiful dark copper-amber with a rocky beige head. Spicy English hops [aha! It must be the Nugget] and crystal malt with a little sweet darkness of Munich and some nice rolling malt depth, lightly woody; bitterness is very light and more nutty-earthy than bitter, also overwhelmed by the sticky sweetness. Light fruity edge-rounders and a pleasant buttery undercurrent. Love the toasty character here. Medium-fullish body, aftertaste dries a bit. This is my vision of a traditionalist Englishman brewing an Alt for his Rhenish guests with what was at hand; it has a wonderful balance between malt and hops and would do very well in multiple seasons, best late at night.