FoolishMortal (982) - 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.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (in NZ). Tawny in both colour and taste. A vinous note to the toasty malt, chocolate certainly, though also a little nuttiness. "Love the Drake"? Not quite.
DedicatedToFun (1540) - SoCal, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Overall okay Amber, hops and yeast, tawny color, but smooth and nice overall.
badhack (229) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured an amber with a strong malt and caramel notes. Some bitterness in the finish.
jmikolich (1292) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Bytemesis, Thanks Mike. This is an amber but also has ESB on the label so I’m a touch confused, but the taste and aroma lead me more to amber. decent beer but i’m finding little touches of sweet toffee like flavors, not sure about that.
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish amber ale with a light moka head. Nice caramel malt aroma with discreet hops and cinnamon notes. Crisp nutty malt in mouth with lactic notes. Lighter bodied. Overall, a bit plain. Russian River Beer Revival & Barbecue Cook-Off, August 20, 2005.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Noogfest2) Beige head atop a crystal clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, herbal, light butterscotch, vegetal. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, plum, some vegetal, burnt, light salt. Medium body.
Cryotek (206) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells fruiy-flowery, hoppy, sweet, like a light IPA. Deep golden amber color. Tastes very bitter, with a sweet malty caramel flavor. Roasty hoppy taste, emphasis on the hoppy. Dry bitter finish. Not my cup of beer.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of aspidites. Clear, orangey brown with a tall, dense and handsome off-white head leaving laces. Fruity, berry-like nose. Rather light in body with fresh and fruity accents, some dry caramel and an odd, ashy edge. Not much bitterness. Not your typical American amber, and not really that hot. 310507
Aquilo (511) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Color is a kinda sickly, hazy red-brown. Head is off-white, and small. Smell is honey and roses. It’s a nice smell, but it doesn’t do anything for me. I can smell a bit of hops as the beer warms. Flavor is mainly weak, stale hops. Not much else going on there. Mouthfeel is astringent and overly carbonated. This doesn’t float my boat.