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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
2005 Gold Medal GABF -- A medium bodied west coast style amber ale. This is a aggressively hopped with Perle and Cascade hops, and is held together by its sweet malty center.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2005
This did NOT have an "intense floral hop character" when I had it at the Baltimore location. It was good however, with a firm bitterness balanced by caramel notes and an off-dry finish. Seemed like a dumned down Arrogant Bastard. I did enjoy it and would have it again, but I did not find that it lived up to it’s description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
On tap at Old Dominion Brew Fest ’05. Clear amber red with an off white head. Hops and caramel in the nose. Flavor has notes of rich caramel, hops, toasted malt, grapefruit and citrus. Moderately sweet, bitter finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2004
DC location - Ultra clear amber, thin off white head. Nose is light with notes of earthy hops, fuzzy fruit, and caramel. Cereal like semi-sweet malt is rounded out by a decent shot of bittering hops. Light to medium bodied, prickly carbonation, semi-dry, hoppy finish. Nothing special....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Poured a medium mahogany color with a small off white head. Light caramel tastes and aromas. Lightly sweet & bitter. Watery body. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Pours a nice amber/brown color. The flavor has too much smokiness to it, which was unexpected based on the description. It just didn’t seem to come together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2004
(Draught) Pours a deep amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of florals and caramel. Smokey, earthy flavor. Mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
motelpogo (7239) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 11, 2004
reddish brown. brown sugar aroma. lightly nutty, toffeeish and not much else apart from a generic mild bitter finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2004
Tap@Capitol City, DC. Malted caramel to start, quite sweet, some brown sugar. Orangey/lychee like hops to finish. tastes a bit odd to me, lots of flavour, but a bit too sweet for me, some bitterness in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Kind of a bummer, as this beer smelled and looked pretty. The malt didn’t seem to match the hops in this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6211) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2004
On tap at downtown D.C. location. Guy sitting next to me said it reminded him of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - good call. Deep dark, copper appearance with a fluffy white head - good lacing. Pleasant sprucey aroma. Flavor has some grapefruit notes but not tonque numbing. Very well balanced with a thick mouthfeel. Very good brewpub amber.

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