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RATINGS: 135   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our flagship amber ale is brewed with English malt, hops and yeast. The extra malt lends a lightly toasted, chocolate flavor, a tawny color, and a smooth, rich character; it's perfect for sipping one or enjoying many.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Deep tea-brown, with average, concentrically-arrayed head forming in glass. Aroma is hazelnuts, dark bread (pumpernickel) and charred coffee along with a general undertone of sticky malt. Tastes initially slightly sweet, then a big sweet slice of fresh baked bread dunked in some slightly overroasted coffee. Finishes a bit too clean really. Little hops character, but itís to be expected for the style. Well done, but not as distinctive as other Drakeís beers Iíve had.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle: Dirty amber, fairly dark, lots of chunks floating about, moderate light beige head, frothy, so-so lacing, light carbonation.   Malty, biscuity, buttscotch nose.   Soft malt start, semi-sweet, although the sweetness seems somewhat artificial, with a big earthy finish.   A bit more hop on the exit, but doesnít seem all too clean.   Slight astringency lingers.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Tiz okay, but not my bag I guess.   Thanks Dan!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Poured a light brown orange color with thin head. Getting an earthy malt backed up by a hop aroma. Mouthfeel is clean and light. Malt taste with a touch of chocolate milk that is gently washed away by the hop finish. Awesome Amber.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Pours glowing amber in color with a quickly diminishing, fluffy white head. Toasty bread aroma mingles with some sweet malt. At first, while cold, sweet caramelly malts dominate. As it firms, the earthy, british hops jump out to bring this fine ale to perfect balance. Slight pepper in the finish. Top shelf Rodger!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Color is, oh nevermind - has a nice appearance, sporting an appropriate sized tan foam cap. Yes its a malty, bready brew, with just a hint of spice. Quite earthy and "english" malt character, good balance of hops. Nice beer, Drakeís seems to be able to add a positive dose of character to each style they approach, without straying too far.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5195) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2005
Cloudy, uh, well, amber color. Nice tan head. Malty, bready, mildly spicy aroma. Upon her first sip, The Bride announced that this was way too flavorful for an amber - Spicy sweet, with prominent dark bread and cereal flavors, on a syrupy smooth palate. Like me, itís rich and smooth (except Iím not rich. or smooth). Crisp dry finish. Thanks to Darkelf for the Trade!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf. Poured a dark and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of oranges, citrus, and caramel. Caramel malts dominate the tastes with the hops noticeably lurking in the background. Sweet start with a light bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) While not as good as their basic IPA, which is outstanding, the amber proves to be another solid, very flavorful and enjoyable beer from Drakeís. It has a strong, dominant maltiness thatís a bit roasty, caramely, moderately sweet, quite earthy and woody. Overall, I get a bit of "Old Ale" type of maltiness. I canít distinctly detect the hops, but there is a mild bitterness to this beer, though that may be partially a result of the lightly roasty malt too. Earthy maltiness dominates the nose. Medium to full body provides for a substantial, round mouthfeel. Dark amber in color, and slightly hazy, but the light tan head is on the small side, facing to a rim after awhile. Lace is almost non-existant. Yet another winner in Drakeís lineup.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Dark golden color with red accents. Caramel scent predominant. Dominant caramel notes with a syrup sweet character of a fair amount of crystal malt. Lightly hopped with the malt in mind for the major flavors, as noted. Not an exceptional representation of this popular style, but this is mainly due to the prevalence of amber ales in the microbrew market than mediocre craftmanship. This is a more balanced beer from a brewery that I have come to associate with more aggressive beers, in a flavor and mouthfeel sense.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Very balanced amber. this not my style. not a fan of crytal malt. But good for style some crystal and caramel malt note light bittering I would guess in the 16-20 IBU range. session beer.


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