GarrettB (1255) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
June 9th, 2011 - I often complain that ambers don’t exhibit a lot of variance, but sometimes you find one that is exceptional, and in a good way. One example is Fort Collins Brewery’s Red Banshee - a fair looking woman but promising a dark howl, hue and cry of flavor. Like the woman on the label, the beer is a deep ruby red, with a loose, tan head. Caramel and maraschino cherries sweeten up the aroma, topped with a hint of apple - curiously rich for an amber. Finally, the flavor has abundant deep caramel tastes, almost as dark and sweet as a dark chocolate, with a deep hint of sweet, ripe fruits, almost like the merest (basso) peep of raspberry jam. All in all, this is a deep and satisfying brew, readily available and pretty cheap, and showing off everything an amber can do.
ajtrupp (315) - Broomfield, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
An interesting banana sweetness prevents this from being a bland beer. Not bad, just not very big.
hockey9930 (187) - - SEP 20, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark ruby red. Malty aroma with caramel and toffee. Also a malty flavor at first but more noticable hops later. Kinda bland and not as hoppy as other red ales.
TorbenJensen (1295) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice dark beer with a glow that resembles red wine. Foam is rich, but quickly falls into a continuous layer of about 3-4 mm. It smells of toasted malt and sweet ripe fruit. The taste is spicy something indefinite, but it also carries on a good mellow flavor of roasted malt which to a certain limit tangential it burned. Ripe fruit like plum and peach mixes lively with a great rich flavor of hazelnut and large amounts of caramel malt. The hops I can read as Willamette and it is precisely known as its slightly spicy taste, so I think it’s the aroma of hops which are encountered in the beginning. As amber ale is probably a little too pushy, but since it is an American I might easily expect a little excessive type correctness. It is quite tasty and lovely amber ale which I like.
nuplastikk (5170) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Filtered copper-burgundy body. Thin, creamy, off-white/beige head. Pretty solid on the malt side, but the hops give it a kind of an odd earthy feel. A pinch bigger than medium bodied, pretty easy going. An OK example of the style.
N3lson1 (583) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Drank from a nonic pint glass, poured from a twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of a craft brew pack of eight. Pours a beautiful mahogany, brown color with a bit of beige head. Has a slight roasty aroma with something musty. Has a decent initial flavor that just drops into an off putting complexity, reminds me more of a couple of vienna lagers I’ve drank in my day. Expected more from this amber by FCB.
Clarkdvm (307) - Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at brewery. Looked, smelled and tasted like an Amber. Resembled killians. Average tasty beverage
bartzluke (400) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz pour from refrigerated bottle into shaker pint. Pours a light brown, clear, with a fizzy, quickly-dissipating head. Not super attractive. Nose is a little bit of sweet bready notes and a little fruity citrus. Medium body, on the lighter side. Pleasantly smooth. Dry as well. Taste is bready malts up front followed by some earthy hoppiness. A hint of spice and citrus. Not too sweet. I’d like a little more of the hops flavors to come out, though maybe I just got an older bottle.
Sigmund (5836) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355 ml bottle, from Fakta, Denmark. B B date 30.05.2014. Gusher bottle de luxe, only a little of the hazy deep reddish brown beer ends up in the glass. Large to moderate off-white head. Fairly nice malty aroma, lightly roasted and nutty notes. Malty, nutty and slightly roasty flavour too, a slight fruity acidity. Okay, and probably better fresh.
Luvystypotables (1179) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of malt and fruit, pours a reddish amber color with a short lastin foamy off white head with some lacing. Sweet malt taste, minimal carbonation with a watery feel and sweet malt finish.
Drjohnrock (562) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Twelve ounce bottle from Fort Collins sampler 12 pack purchased at The Party Source. Dark amber/copper color, nice firm malty aroma with fruit notes, tastes like it smells only a bit better. Very good brew for style. Tasted on July 5, 2014.