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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"The combination of barley and caramel malts and choice hops results in a clean, malty beer."


2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5581) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle found at Trader Joeís. Orange-amber with a pillowy head. Not much of an aroma to describe, maybe a whiff of caramel. First swallow isnít bad ... moderately rich caramel malt. Bit of an apple-like flourish. Decent-enough brew right down the center of the amber beer lane.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
rales (2) - USA - NOV 27, 2006 does not count
Iíve never known a beer that tastes this good at first sip and finishes so poorly - as in nothing. Subsequent pulls on the glass get weaker and weaker... If I didnít have a six pack - I would not have had another. Good to split with the dog or to cook with I suppose - but maybe not....

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mansquito (3281) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2006
When this beer is first poured, it looks and smells like it is going to be a good beer, but the main thing that this beer left after drinking it is the horrible metallic aftertaste. This aftertaste was confirmed by other people who drank this with me. Apparently, if you eat candy and drink this the taste is mitigated, but unless you do that I do not suggest this beer at all. Maybe it was just the sixer that I had, but that is the only way I can rate this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Thanks to Paul for bringing this back to me from Minnesota! And of course when I think Minnesota, I think gila monsters, busily frolicking in the snow and swimming in the lakes. Um. Anyhow, pours an orange amber, nice head. Light caramel aroma blends with some green, somewhat vegetal hop notes. Flavor is lightly caramel, with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Sort of reminds me of Killianís before it got so watered down. Not really a pale lager, I should mention.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Very vigorous action with the carbonation. The bubbles went crazy. The head was a light tan color and complimented the medium copper colored body. The aroma had some boozy notes of caramel and a bit of grapefruit. The taste had some decent notes of toasted bread and some toffee. There was also dank orange peel and some minerals in the finish. A decent beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours crisp and effervescent amber with an aroma of scotch-like roasted malt, as well as a touch of peach and raisin. Flavor is roasted malt with a faint lemon sourness. Palate is a little diluted. Average. How the heck a Minnesota brewer can call a beer "Gila Monster" is beyond me... unless the Gila is native to that region.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12oz bottle pours amber with a short white head that didnít stay long. Aromas of caramel malts, and a touch of biscuit with some grassy hops. Flavor is quite malty with notes of caramel, a touch of yeast, and some sweet roasted malts. Palate is light and rather airy with carbonation. Pretty drinkable and woudl be a decent sumer session. I thought htis to be an amber and not a pale actually.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
stoutchap (400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Clear pale copper. Caramel and yest in the nose and on the tongue. Very light hops at the finish. Just OK.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vyvvy (3880) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2006
Pours clear caramel with an off-white head. Aroma was roasted caramel malts with some sweetness. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Taste was roasted malt with sour caramel aspects. The finish starts spritzy and and then turns sour further down the glass. An okay beer. Nothing to get excited about, but its doesnít cost much.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrnkMcDermott (2778) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2006
Bottle from, where else, Trader Joeís. A pretty malty smell with a lacing of hop nose. Pours a touch light for an amber, thin temporary head. Some definite malt taste, but the hops I smelled are somewhat missing. Kind of phenolic. Of course for the price, itís pretty good.


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