WabashMan (1021) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice appearance with a good copper color and nice off white head. Nose is mostly malt, but with some good spice mixed in. If only the flavor matched the aroma! It's similar, but MUCH weaker in potency (not that the nose was potent!). This needs strength, depth, and bite to be a really good beer.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet flavor that has a slight hoppiness to it. Very clean with little aftertaste.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent. Malty aroma mixed with slight hoppiness. Very balanced malt flavors. Strong caramel flavor. Tastes more like an ale to me and the body is very heavy. Just the way I like it.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2003 RE-RATE: Timdanchanta notified me that I gave this one the shaft. He's right - it's better than a 3.4. I really like the fact that it has the characteristics of both a more sophisticated lager and a solid ale.
boto (1969) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber color, not too much head which dissapated rather quickly. I agree that this tastes like some form of a hybrid beer. Lager body, with some of the tartness and bitterness of an ale. I'm not quite sure how the brewer is calling this a "Steam Style" beer. Nothing about this reminds me of a steam beer. I'm guessing that the label art sells the beer. The art is quite good, but the beer is mediocre.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No flakes,clear amber; Malty, wet wood nose. Slightly tart, on the thin side with slight caramel. Not very lagerlike and not as clean as (fresh) Anchor. OK but underwhelming "hybrid" beer, and why does everyone like Ralph Steadman so much? The stoner's Ronald Searle I say...
savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This definitely trends more towards an ale in taste an a lager in body. The flavor reminded me of Dogwood Pale Ale. I enjoyed it.
Diablokev (162) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is a bit yeasty light hoppy. The appearance is a honey like amber with a thin off white head. The flavor is light hoppy with a hint of a yeasty aftertaste. The beer is clean and smooth. Overall anothe ok brew from the brewery.
Panzuriel (1513) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber color with a nice head. sharp and tangy aroma. Flavor is somewhat lacking. A bit watery and finishing quickly. Decent if a bit watery texture.
Shag (2717) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is my favorite of the steam style. Although I see nothing that great about the style. Kind of a middle ground between a lager and an ale. Anchor invented the style but its well copied here. Overall a good beer especially for the style.