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Dogfish Head Sweet Home Amber Lager

Dogfish Head Sweet Home Amber Lager
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A sweet, chewy malt accentuated amber lager brewed with European pilsner, Munich and crystal malts and noble German hops fermented wit lager yeasts and lagered for 30 days until crisp and clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 25, 2004
A lot of apple and pear in the aroma, packed with wheat and a grassy note. Sweet, light malt with a crisp, light finish. Not as chewy as I expected. Maybe I should stop reading the commercial descriptions until after I rate? Spritzy, yeasty and light caramel flavors abound. Thanks egajdzis for bottling this for us and shame on me for not drinking it earlier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Had this in late July at the brewpub. Amber-colored with a medium head. Aroma of malt, slight toffee, slight fruit. Tastes malty, with a good marzen flavor and a caramel/cognacy finish. This one was nice. I can’t wait for this year’s DFH pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 27, 2004
Bready, biscut, sweet malt nose with a little lager yeast and floral hoppieness. Soft sustaining head on an a iced tea colored body. Medium mouthfeel with some moderate bready malts and a definite herbal hoppieness. Finishes with a touch of malt. Thanks again Eric.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4827) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Sampled at the Philly gatherin on July 10, courtesy of Eric (egajdzis). Cloudy copper; sweet berry-malt nose, quite nice. Lightly toasty, a bit spicy and aromatic, great body...definitely above-average Octoberfest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2004
I honestly don’t remember too much about this stuff as it was mixed in with too many excellent beers the day I sampled it. Thanks to Eric for bringing this along. I do recall it was middle of the road, so middle of the road ratings it gets. Easy enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Pours amber. Aroma is anise and chewy malt. Flavor is a sharp anise with a mild clean maltiness. What do you know DFH overused an exotic ingredient. It is actually a decent taste but it is hard to drink very much of it at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Sample from egajdzis’ growler, amber in color, slight bubbly white head, a little thin in the body, mild flavors, slightly watery as well, a little disappointing overall, especially since it comes from DFH, I’ll maybe have to re-rate when I head down there in a few weeks

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2004
(bottle from growler courtesy of egajdzis) Clear, dark amber topped by medium beige head. Aroma is strong anise, spicy, caramel. Taste is mild sweet, caramel, some anise. Smooth, watery, light-medium body. That anise takes some getting used to, but decent brew for what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFGrind (2005) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Sweet Home Amber had the looks of a golden lager (think Saranac Lager). Medium body brew, sweet malt taste and great lacing. Good looking beer, and perfect session brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Poured a caramel color with a small off-white head and nice lacing on the glass. Earthy aroma, also sweet caramel malts and anisette (strong licorice). Taste was malty, crisp, and refreshing, with a light licorice taste as well, with light carbonation.

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