Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In my travels, Iíve found and read that as far as ales go, color used to describe it means literaly nothing. At one time in England, it denoted a bottled only beer, not one taken from a cask, but bottled directly.
As vote it as:
A DAMN good beer!
Dark amber in color, beige head, lots of lace and a trizillion tiny bottles that once again denotes a well brewed beer.
Malty at the nose, a bit earthy maybe?, malts are large in this beer, with a nice full mouth feel that I like, the finish, a bit spicy and a tad dry. Nice carbonation, reminds me of beers brewed with the Burton double barrel system, try Windsor Double Barrel Ale, and see if they donít match up well.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I found this to be fairly above average - and until I saw everyoneís ratings here, I was unaware there was a controversy as to its style. My hand written notes basically say íA clean and crisp pale ale with some nice hop notesí. And that pretty much does it - the hops had a nice but mild bite, giving that crispness, while the malt was there without being strong. Clean fermenting yeast - no esters.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 2, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím going my own way on this one and saying that itís a pale ale, not a red or amber. Anyways, itís a doozie no matter how you categorize it. Succulent malts dominate, giving sweetness and a nice caramel and almond flavor. Nice and hoppy towards the end with a very distinctively dry finish. Classic northeast style beer, and a very good session ale. Cheers to VENOM for this excellent, under-appreciated beer.
Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2003 Classic amber aroma. I would know it was even without looking at it or tasting it. Somewhat darker very clear amber color. Typical head and carbonation for this style. Pronounced caramel malt flavor is quite well-balanced with hoppiness. A bit of grain on the palate. Definitely a nice example of an American Amber.