queenholly (1849) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Buttery caramel malt aroma. Amber with a small tan head. Caramel malt, a little diacetyl, and big grapefruit peel hops flavor.Medium body, low carbonation. I found the hops a little harsh, and would have preferred more malt balance.
rondphoto (979) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark amber with a nice off-white head and horizontal streaks of lace. The BIG flavor makes this work: a lot of malt infused with caramel, along with a strong burst of hops that try, but don’t succeed, in taking over. The finish has sweetness in the mouth, but only bitter on the tongue. Quite nice.
Patrickctenchi (1673) - columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark, hazed, amber-brown with a quick tan head.
Scent is faint.....caramel malt
Taste is bitter, woody.
Flavours are mostly overshadowed by the hops...dry.....
A bit one-sided.
hopslammer (30) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 Ok, so i rated this some time ago. It was the first day’s release of this beer. Maybe my buds of tasting were off, maybe i was sick, or maybe someone choked me to death and some guy put the review up in my stead. Anywho...
so this is a pretty good beer. It is a little more bitter than most ambers I’ve tried, but that is good for me. The more hop flavor, the better. "hoppiness is happiness" as hop wallop says. Anyways, I didn’t think the hops were so overbearing that I thought of that mother who’s always there over the shoulder..instead i thought of fields of grassy herbal concoctions reaching my tummy. Try this, on tap (best) or in bottle (still very good).
beerproject (108) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2013 The aroma is strong coffee with a little caramel malt. The taste is sharply bitter up front with quite a bit of roasted flavor, a touch too much in my opinion.
Jethro6191 (330) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks great, it pours amber with two fingers of rocky ivory head. Nice lacing with good head retention. Malt and floral aromas. The flavor has an initial malty sweetness followed by citrus and floral hop notes. The finish has a lingering bitterness. Nice hoppy amber.
PaperKnife (82) - - JUN 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Unclear, amber color, whispy tan head. Aroma is tangerine, caramel and toasty. Cascade, biscuit, nutty, bitter and earthy.
574deadzone (538) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Flat 12. Very hoppy, almost astringent. Just kind of a crazy hoppy nose. It’s smooth enough but lacks refinement in my view. I don’t think the malt body is big enough for the hops on this one. It’s decent, but I don’t think I could have done a pint of it.
jezmez68 (374) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Typical looking amber. I’m not picking up any aroma hops, but when you taste this, BAM! The hop bite is there. I like my ambers with a nice hoppy bitter back-bite; I am not a fan of typical ambers (too sweet). These guys make a good one.
Dixonian (1470) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour with a good amount of tan head. Nose is very malty - biscuit, caramel, and toast. Some grassy hops and toffee as well. Flavor has a surprising hop bite - earthy and grassy. More malt with a bitter finish.