HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was told this is the new version of the Centennial Amber since it was the award winner. Outstanding aroma and mouthfeel-a good cross between an amber and red, with enough hops to keep it from being sweet. One of the best I’ve ever had at Emmetts-and that’s saying a lot.
Dragonfly1 (435) - - JUL 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler at the brewery. Copper red color, nice head. Strong aroma- sweet- dried fruit, maybe strawberry? Flavor is very sweet, more dried fruit and berries, hops take over right at the end to keep it from cloying. A touch too sweet overall for me though.
kseecs16 (1175) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am pretty sure this beer is just a relabeling of their Centennial amber per what the bartender at Emmett’s told me. Anyhow it is not bad. Reddish amber in color with a nice noticeably citric hopiness that cuts through the malts. Sort of like their Victory but dialed down on the hops and up on the malts. Solid.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at West Dundee location. Red/amber with a medium-sized white head that is mostly diminishing down to a thin film. Rather strong hop aroma with some caramel and toffee notes. Hops follow pretty fluidly into the flavor - bitter hops, caramel, vanilla cookie malt finish. Medium carbonation level is just about perfect. Surprisingly delicious.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
our is ruddy amber with a small off white head...smell is lightly soapy and citric...lightly toasty malty sweetness with a subtle soapy finish...
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a hazy reddish amber with big beige bubbles for a head. The aroma was a juicy caramel with a restrained pine & floral hoppiness. The hops were stronger in the flavor, adding a crisp bitterness to balance the caramel and orchard fruit sweetness. Not too bad.
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redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I am going to assume this was the beer I tried, it was labeled as McCarthy Red and the bartender stated it was about 6.5% ABV when questioned so I will go with it.
A murky old wool color with a dense off-white head.
A familiar hop aroma from this brewpub, somewhat floral and grassy.
A caramel sweetness, mildly bitter, light body knid of watery for a 6.5% beer.
Those were my notes. Still watery for a 5% beer. Was not bad but not memorable.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a growler. Cloudy amber body under a frothy white head. Notes of citrus, pine tar, caramel in the aroma. Light to medium body with ample carbonation and a watery texture. The flavor was malt and hops bitterness but watered down and tinny. Just didn’t cut it.
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This draft brew from the brew pub poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent uncarbonated red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was hoppy and mild fruit. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of medium strength hops and red malt. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
Zeswaft (1314) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at dundee. towering off-white head. pungent citrus nose. flavor is very caramelly and sweet, slightly bitter. watery texture. mediocre. not sure how this is different from their other amber ale.