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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Extremely popular beer here. A rigidly defined flavor for an amber, solid but too heavy without being distinguishable from other beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5635) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Had this in a sampler from Capitol City Downtown on September 5th, 2005. Amber bodied with a small off-white head. Nose is hoppy but sort of subdued. Dried fruits, caramel and creamy malts reinforce the hops. Taste very much backs up what Iíve just smelled. Hops, lots of fruit, a pleasant maltiness, and caramel. Body is medium with a light lingering bitterness. Finishes with a hop bite and some sweet malts. Some citrus and caramel as well. Pretty good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Deeper red than the Pale Rider, but same characteristic head, only off-white instead of white. Hoppy aroma, floral and fruity (grapefruit). Distinctly bitter, with a substantial hop bite that my mouth doesnít get used even after many swigs. It hangs in your mouth for a long time. Lordy, Iím so not a hophead. This is a pretty aggressive beer for the moniker of "amber ale", very often a dumping ground for slightly malty send-ups of beers intended for the masses. (on tap at Postal Square location)

   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 itís deScription.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
On tap at Old Dominion Brew Fest í05. 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 (10105) - 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 (1739) - 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 didnít seem to come together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12363) - 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 (7699) - 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

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