barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz’er from Saarlander. pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy smooth off white head and nice lacing. a pleasant session type brew with aroma and flavors of mild caramel, toffee and just enough hop bitterness to tie it all together. nicely done.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Naven (?). Thanks, Dave! Pours a milky, brownish-yellow appearance; off-white head with good lacing. Wet malts and nougat in the aroma. Medium-to-full, sweet mouthfeel: caramel and nougat, with hints of milk chocolate. Medium, roasted malt and citrus finish.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body is a brown ruby with a nice cream colored head. Aroma is caramel, floral, and almost like a soapy irish spring aroma. Tase is like a brown, caramel, nutty, like espresso, but with the same maltiness of a amber. More like a fusion beer.
chadje (209) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 A pretty dark amber ale, darker than most. Has a smilir taste to Fat Tire, but I prefer this one a little more. Has nice roasted flavor to it.
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours significantly darker than I expected. Nutty and malty. Chestnut. Not even caramel as I was expecting from the color. It’s a malty beer, but a dry maltiness. Not really roasty either. Yeah, there’s hops, but they give more of a spice than anything else. Almost peppery and cinnamon. Very strange beer. Not bad at all, but just not what I expect from an amber.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice mahogeny, eith a small white head. Nice sweet malt, as well as a slightly metallic aroma accent a nice roasted marshmallow. The flavor is more complex than I tought and shows off a nice balance between dark fruit and toffee sweeteness, as well as a slight hoppy bite. A very solid amber that is better than most.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Bottle -- thanks, aspedites!
Amber ales don’t have to be yawners, and Drakes is among a few west-coast breweries leading the charge. And their salvation need not lie in IPA-level hopping, as this one demonstrates.
The bewer pours a deep red-brown with a small head. Burnt caramel, roast nuts, and rotting wood on the nose. The aroma offers all of the above against an earthy, solid backbone, a sour hint, chewy malts but little sugar, full earthy / plum-skin hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin enough to be quite sippable, but buttery-smooth enough to provide ample body. This is a masterfully brewed beer and a welcome antidote to the amber ale boredom that sets in after one has sampled a few dozen of the large-micro ambers.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Dark amber with a putty head and speckles of lace. Toasty nose gives way to a light dusty orange. Bitter lemon and citrus hops. A little caramel stop before resiny drying. Good bite for an amber. Light carb, body a bit thin.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours brownish amber with good tan head - nice lace and retention. very nice nose of dusty cocoa and light refined hoppiness, w/some underlying caramel. creamy malt sweetness is touched by a bit of roast bite and herbaceaous hoppiness. good balance/easy drinker.
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Courtesy of stoutlover72. Thanks Garrett! Cloudy amber pour. Small fizzy tan head that recedes rather quickly. Nose is caramel, sweet malts, light citrus hops, and cocoa. Taste is malty and somewhat sweet but has a nice hop balance to it. Some light cocoa, caramel, hints of pine and light citrus notes. Body is creamy and smooth. Medium overall feel and a pleasant carbonation tingle. Finishes with more caramel, sweet malts, citrus notes and light cocoa. Really nice beer! Great session style beer!