boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2007 Clear amber pour with nice orange and yellow outlying hues. Thin but sturdy cream colored head, easily roused up. Looks quite oily on top, looks very tasty. Pleasant malty aroma. Light hops present do not deride from a soft and sweet bready malt approach. Light to medium intensity notes of cinnamon, leather and a smack of potpourri round out what seems to be a well constructed aroma. Flavor has signifigant hop bitterness. Somewhat spicy malts and perhaps an inadvertant spice level; tastes Autumnal. Toffee readily discernable keeps this from spinning wildly out of control and ties in nicely with the malt. Finishes moderately dry, light, with an accentuation on the malt backbone that keeps this quaffable, despite bold shortcomings in the flavor. Palate is unorganized, light-to-medium in body, syrupy, static. Quite a nice amber until mid-mouthfeel. I would like to revisit this.
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Oz Bottle-Trade w/Snojerk321-ironic we ended up entering these ratings back to back. Clear amber color w/a slight head & good lacing. Had some floral hops on the front end, body had flavors of caramel, molasis, & toffee. Felt it was a little hop heavy; only thing which kept me from scoring this beer much higher. Long hop finish. Good solid brew, just a step away f/greatness! Thanks for this one!
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 15, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Didnít move me. I detected a slight metallic taste at the end. It isnít a pretty beer. Very hazy orange amber. Oh well.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hop nose tells me itís a Drakeís brew. Malty, coffee, toffee, caramel punch initially. Dark chocolate and hop bitterness in the finish.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear dark copper color with an ivory head. Toasted malt aroma with a warm fruity note. Toasted cereal flavor with an over-the-top bitterness. Big chewing tobacco notes. Caramel bitter finish.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber color with off white head. Hoppy aroma with light malt. Flavors were of light caramel and hops. Nice bitter finish.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Milo: Pours a deep filtered amber with a lacy white head. Aroma is biscuity, with toasted and caramel notes. English malts abound but pretty tame on the hops. Lite earthiness. Smells very much like the english beers of Dieu du Ciel (Thatís a good thing!). The body is oh so smooth and rich for the style. The flavors are again, biscuity, with a nice caramel roundness, and an excellent yeast character, not too much, just enough esters to make things interesting. Exceedingly well balanced and probably the best "Amber" I have had. Maybe more of an English Pale. Oh well, tastes authentic to me.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Another great brew by Drakes. Nice smell, perfect amber/red color, lots of lacing, with a big head. Lots of hops, malt, with a little nuttiness. A beer I could drink everyday.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.