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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Our lightest in terms of alcohol comes in at 4.8% by volume so that malt can dominate the flavor profile. Caramel sweet malt all over the palate with a noticeable “jumping just over the barrier” citrus hop aroma. Surprisingly refreshing for such a malt driven ale. Truly and all season American Amber.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
pinkzambia (1458) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle: Murky brown with a small tan head. Malty nuts, butter, and cornbread. Thin body with not much flavor. Needs more hops. Seemed like it was on its way to a Scottish ale. Watery aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3542) - Everett, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Pours an amber color with a really thick head. Some citrus and malty notes to the nose, which is an odd pairing. I find the taste to be a little dirty and sour. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. 3.5 A: Moderately hazed orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a good amount of lacing is left. 3.5 S: Toasty with grainy malts. Moderate neutral malt sweetness. Simple, but pleasant. 3.5 T: Taste the same. Toasted malts is the focus with graininess and neutral sweetness next. Tasty. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and insanely smooth. 3.5 D: Standard, but solid amber. Good enough all around. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-07-2012 04:19:40

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2224) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2012
muddy and cloudy malt brew sweet with caramel with a hop aroma and a bit of pine hop in the taste. slick and muddy mouthfeel. different.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekoerper (588) - Iowa, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Nose is full of caramel malts, biscuits, bread, slightly nutty, faint touch of hops. Pours a slightly hazy copper, one finger off-white head with good retention, leaves spotty lacing. Flavor is of course quite malt-forward, caramel and toffee, toasty and biscuity, pleasant hop bitterness to balance and some citrus hop flavor. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8300) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Bomber from Sam’s Quik Stop. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of grainy malts with some toastiness and floral hops. The taste is toasted malts with a resin hop finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Amber pour, almost a white head. Very malt forward aroma, some dried fig notes, and a hint of hops. Flavor is mild but has a good blend of hops and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2457) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Bloody orange. Short-lived light tan head. Notes of plastic, medicine and red licorice strongly permeate the nose amid hints of fruity esters (pineapple, peach fuzz, plum jam), bready malt and shades of orange marmalade. Firm carbonation. Sweetly malty yet wonderfully light in weight, initially. An ensuing plasticlike and medicinal astringency combine with the red licorice to tarnish things with considerable dullness. Alcohol flirts at a fusel sharpness, as well. Sweet and succulent center is sustained by notes of peach and pineapple upside-down cake, though the plastic never wanes. Cleanly extracted malt offers a glimpse of redemption as it leaves behind a plenitude of finely textured bready dextrins which softly caress the palate. Hops exude with sufficient strength to balance the grain with an elegantly spicy bitterness and a juicy dollop of grapefruit pith. Balanced finish of vivid malt and citrus is marred by plastic and medicine/cough syrup. I really admire the approach here, as it clocks in at under 5%. Certainly some promise here, as the malt is clean and the hops juicily flavorsome and perfectly bitter. But in the end, the plastic and medicine make this undrinkable for me. Shucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4360) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Appearance: Pours a hazed, appropriately amber-hued body with a sporadic, stray, whitish head.

Smell: Spiced, caramel enveloped toasted malt with teensy fruit notes.

Taste: Moderately toasty malts with a fair degree of caramel sweetness. Low fruitiness of apricot, perhaps a bit of apple. Light spice accent. Hint of citrus. Subtly bitter. Drying, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A clean, refreshing, welcome amber ale with a likable ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6187) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers, grapefruit), with light notes of mango and black tea, hint of ginger. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Well, I’ll be damned. This is quite a solid bitter (pale ale, amber ale, whatever Americans want to call it, it’s an English bitter). Pleasant and enticing balance of cookie-caramel malt and fruity hops and esters, can’t go wrong with that. Clean and balanced in the mouth, velvety-creamy mouthfeel, lasting head, bottle conditioned. Reminds me a bit of Santa Fe Pale Ale. A lot better than I was expecting based on their Elevated/Exponential specialty series, which so far have still failed to impress...kept passing this up in the store ’cause who cares about another fricking amber ale, right? Well, I’d buy this again for sure...4.8% and not priced at the stupid levels of most breweries these days ($4.50/bomber). Good on ya for this one, Epic.

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