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RATINGS: 804   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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The best selling Amber in the Northwest. It’s a great tasting malty sweet beer that has rich amber hue, a full body, and a spicy floral hop finish. This American style amber ale is brewed with: 2-row Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts and is hopped with Mt. Hood and Cascade hops


1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2003
This had lots of flavor, unfortunately, I wasn't crazy about it. To me it has this overpowering sickly caramel flavor. Very crisp amber color. Average (at best) to below average beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Slightly sweet malt aroma. Body is very smooth with a touch of sweetness to match the bitterness. Quite enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Quite tasty for an amber ale, The color is a rich amber, and the beer has a thick white head. The smell is slightly of flowers, the taste is slightly sweet and malty with a nice hop complement.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Draft @ McCormick & Schmicks: Carmel fruity nose. Classic copper color. Clear, little head. Nice malt body with enough hop to sort of balance. Smooth, kinda creamy, clean finish. Nice amber.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 Nice amber color, I often end up going through a pitcher of this by myself, glass after glass. One of my favorite session beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Bottle Pours a warm reddish amber with perfect clarity. It’s light tan head starts out well enough, then fades to a small ring around the edge. Fair amount of lacing. Nice aroma with the balanced slightly tilted towards the sweet, fruity malt. A bit of green hops (dry-hopped?) as well as a hint of earthiness and minerals. Some caramel/crystal malt presence. The flavor is well balanced between the sweet, caramelly malt, the spicy and green hops, and earthy yeast. There’s a significant amount of mineral taste and hardness from an over-eager water treatment. Interestingly enough, the fruity esters and earthy yeast combine to take on an almost spice-like character. The body is on the lighter side of medium, with the aforementioned mineral dryness and chalkiness. Lots of carbonation. This is suprisingly good, and a very solid example of an undefined style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2003
First off I don't really like the new bottles, the old ones had much more character. Anyway, this beer pours with a deep garnet color, and is quite clear when held up to the light. It has a light tan head that is reasonably persistent. The first aroma is one of hops; citrusy, and floral components. Then as you stick your nose in a bit deeper one gets a malty aroma and I seem to even detect a hint of roastiness, and some toasted maltiness as well. This is a quite malty brew with some definite hop notes to it as well. It has a sort of austere wine like finish to it, which is quite interesting. There is a good amount of body here, as the beer coats my taste buds and the back of my throat nicely. At the very end one gets a nice laying on of bitterness from the hops. It is not as hoppy (both aroma and flavor) as I remember it, but I suspect my tastebuds have changed quite a bit over the years.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2003
A nice amber, that's a little sweet, and has a nice finish. I asked for the pale, and the waitress brought me this, but I did not send it back. :O) One of the best ambers I've had to date.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2003
The Mad River Amber just barely beat this in the side by side battle. More malty

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Bottle. This is a well balanced amber beer - there is actualy a decent hop flavor to it. The malts win out, but at least the hops get your attention. I was really surprised at how decent this was (don't normally like ambers).


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