shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is malty caramel, toast,
and some aged citrus hops. Flavor is malty, toasty, crystal malts, and
a slightly bitter citrus finish.
fordest (1972) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Lots of roasy caramel aromas. Flavors were toasty grains with decent hopping on the finish. Pretty good
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark amber to light brown color.Small off white head that faded quickly but left a nice lace behind.Malty sweet aroma with hints of caramel and faint fruit with a light hop presence showing through.Malty taste with a fairly strong hop presence,faint caramel and maybe a hint of grapefruit but it seems a bit subdued by the malt.As it warms it becomes a little sweeter and maltier,with the hops starting to mellow a bit.The finish is malty and hoppy bitter.Very nice and interesting brew.Full flavored and nicely done.Well worth trying again.Thanks Flipbrewer for this nice addition to my rating experience.
OldMrCrow (1810) - 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.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a 1/8 inch tan film.
Aroma: Sweetened iced tea and a faint dank hop nose.
Taste: Sweet bready malt. Citrus american hop juicy bitterness. Very balanced.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, juicy,with modest carbonation.
Overall: Highly drinkable, very balanced between malty and bitter, and exceeded my expectations.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber body with a white head.sweet malty aroma.flavor is coffee,chocolate,molasses,and roasted malts.i must say i was pretty impressed with this amber ale.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not a big Amber fan, but this one was quite nice. Malt and sweetness fill the nose and mouth. Not too complex, but a very nice refreshing amber.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours a hazy deep burnt amber with about 1" of rocky biscuit head. Rich aroma of toasted caramel and toffee, fruity hops, vanilla and malt. Spotty lacing. Palate is pretty thick and smooth for an amber. Taste of rich but light caramel, hops and malt and a fairly bitter finish. Nice rich beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy aspidites and stoutlover72. Clear amber and a small, off white cap. Nose of toasty, bicuity malt and some crisp, lightly sharp hops. Similar flavor with some cocoa powder. Tastes English. Medium/light body, balanced. Very drinkable.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark copper and red. Aroma features a powerful waft of caramel, toffee, ripe plum, ripe orange. Perfect creamy, medium-body mouthfeel. Flavor follows suit, with blasts of fruit-forward hops, pronounced toasted caramel and toffee candy, a bit of earthy minerality, strong flavor finish with bitter undertones. Hoppy, malty, robust, satisfying for the style. As my friend affectionately noted, this is “an amber for beer geeks.”