Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
An affordable amber ale with an eyecatching label, this was one of those beer that I had to buy just for the name alone. This excellent release has a unique American approach yet still remains accessible. If you are a fan of cycling at all grab a bottle for yourself.
Aroma / Appearance - The creamy caramel base is the color of melted Twix watered down so it does not stick to the glass. A gentle vanilla head adds pleasing depth. Melted caramel, chocolate, caramel, and fresh but rusty hops give it the earthy smell of a cyclocross course the day after a heavy rain and just prior to the first race.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolate and caramel release waves of refreshing lightness. A malt driven beer, it takes a few seconds to leave its payload in the throat. When it does a light earthy bitterness blossoms then fades like a morning dew. This goes into my recommended list for sharing with people who are making the transition to craft beer as an affordable alternative to mass produced swill.
Barreras (948) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clean copper color with a caramel malt aroma. Taste is of clean malt mixed with a slight citrus hops. A lasting minimal bitterness/IBU after the swallow. An easy drinking beer which lacks some complex flavors.
stevoj (2024) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malt dominates in this beer, dark amber/brown with beige creamy head. Aroma is caramel, sweet malt. Taste is similar, smooth and rich with nice silky mouthfeel. Nicely done.
DiarmaidBHK (3387) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Utah Liquor Store. Pouts amber with a thin khaki head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Not much on the nose. Creamy and malty on the tongue. Finishes clean. A stair stepper beer.
crajun (938) - , Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber from douglas88 in trade. nice amber! aroma of malt and caramel. nice dark amber pour. taste is full - carbonation, caramel sweetness, and balanced. nice brew!
mnurda (1117) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample. Was much better than expected. Carmel flavor was a bonus. Loved the hops also. Will have this again
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EdInSaltLake (593) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasty malt and orange-y hop aroma. Nice toasted/bread crust malt flavor; sweeter and light caramel in finish. Citrus fruity hop flavors.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a mostly clear bronze body with a retentive off-white head. Aromas are bready, toasty, lightly roasty and chocolatey. Mild ester, minerals and berries. Grainy, light hop. Flavors are bready, light roast, toasty, fruity. A touch of caramel. Dry, medium body. Fuller carbonation.
Blairgus (2567) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 nov 2012, bottle. Rosy amber, clear, steady bubbles. Nose is bread crust and orange and grapefruit citrus hops. Med body and faintly fizzy. Has a dry bread malt background that is faint at first but comes out more in the finish. In the middle is the soft city's rind and perhaps peach hops. Nice.
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chinchill (1722) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle poured a slightly hazy hazy orange-amber color. Above average head and lacing. Sweet caramel malt is the dominant aroma and flavor.
Some ctirus hops too. Very good sweet/bitter balance. Exceptionally smooth and drinkable.