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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.


3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2007
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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2156) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3537) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2007
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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
12 oz. bottle- color of light mahogany , with a medium white head - nose of balanced malts and hopps , coco , red fruit , and toasted wood – taste of spruce , red fruit mostly red cherries , earth , that is balanced malts and hopps - body dirty , but crisp – aftertaste of bright red fruit and hops

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Bottle from Winter Brews gift pack: Sweet malty aroma with some nuttiness and caramel. Chill haze reddish amber color with a small beige head. Flavor starts rich caramel sweet followed by nuts, a mild spicy bitterness and a light dry finish. Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12446) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2006
Medium malty aroma. Hazy reddish apricot color with a vigorous tan/white head. Starts with a malty sweetness, there’s an interestingly unusual flavor component, then an earthy component. It’s not a typical amber. It’s really quite good. There’s a carob type of flavor in there. Decent mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle via trade with stoutlover72. Pours a ruby amber color with a smallish beige head, some lacing. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, floral hops. Flavor is toasted malt, nuts, sweet. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Really good. Drakes is rapidly moving up my faves list.


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