lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light reddish color with clarity. Smell is nice and fresh hoppiness. Quite hoppy and fruity nose. Taste is fruity and hoppy as well with a light malt backing but the hops shine in this amber. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty good amber for sure.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Brew Pub. Pours a deep amber color with a light tan head and decent retention. Aroma is piney hops mainly, with notes of citrus and light caramel malt. Taste has a piney hop backbone with a light citrusy base and a bit of caramel malt. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation.
holdenn (2062) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the station on 7/10/08. Pours an amber red with an off white head. Lots of tropical fruit, hops and malt coming from the sample glass. Flavors of caramel and toffee malt with lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit, bubblegum and a strong bitterness. Wow, I had no idea this was going to be so good. A hoppy and delicous amber.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from the brewery review:: Beautiful color, hoppy aroma got my mouth watering right off the bat. Roasted malt sweetness well balanced by the rather intense hop bitterness. Nicely done.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown in color and thin head. Has a hoppy aroma with a hoppy bitter finish.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served a dense red/brown/auburn with just a ring of a head. For the malt/hop ratio, I expected more of a balance, but the flavor and aroma were decidedly hopped (which was just fine by me). Citrus, lemon, pine nose with a lemon-tea flavor and an overall bitter presence. Dry finsh, albeit a little sticky. A nice surprise.
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cbfobes (1937) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub, pours a clear dark amber with a thick white head, the aroma has a nice citrus and hop touch with a nice malt backing as well, the flavor has a good hop kick in the front end with a balance of malt in the finish, very hoppy compared to standard amber ales but really works, nice.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely hazy and safire brown in color with a whipped cream, tan head. Aroma is nice and nutty, accentuated with caramelized pecans, walnut shells and red licorice, serving as a background sugary sweetness to the mixture. One of the fullest bodies for the genre. Creamy nuts glide in, spotlighting pistachios, hazelnuts and pecans. Balance favors a malt clinic sponsored by caramel, roasted and chocolate malts. Such a nut-driven statement placates the palate with each sip, daring you to think of another member of the nut family tree. For once we’re not dealing with a darker hued pale ale under the guise of the “amber ale” category. This is an amber the way it should be.
tmoreau (1915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the 7 beers served at the IL. Craft Brewers Guild 5 by 5 Dinner at the Marion St. Cheese Market, Oak Park, IL. Poured a clear, reddish amber with a modest, off white head that diminished quickly to a ring and film, and left some light ribbons of lacing. The aroma was that of sweet fruit, citrus, and a touch of pine. The flavor added to these smooth caramel malt and supportive hop bitterness. A very fine Amber!
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is different, not only from the bottle, but from earlier versions at the brewpub. This beer is twice the beer it used to be. A hoppy aroma greeted me before tasting a malty, rich ale with caramel and toasted malts. Decent hop finish. A nice surprise and nice facelift on this amber.