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Gila Monster Amber Lager

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68   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."


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2005
Pours a rediish copper, minimal head, very thin lacing. Aromais sweet, dominant malts, almost no hop spice. Flavor is more of the same. Malts are decently toasty, nutty, and flavorful, but there is absolutely no balance here. When the hops do make an appearance, it’s a mild, grassy bit in the finish. Not bad, especially considering the low price point of this product. This brewery used to bottle Schlafly beers under contract of St Louis brewery, and did a good job with those.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
hotdogs (13) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
it’s the color of that little bit of coke that is left when all the ice cubes melt in your glass. a little fruit in the nose (raspberry?) but heavier on the lemon/lime smell, also a fairly pronounced toastiness. the mouthfeel is fine, but pretty light. this is one of the weirdest beers i’ve had. there is no balance at all. it has a similar sweetness/carmel flavor as broadside, but with none of the body, then there’s this american industrial lager toastiness that’s tied into a hay flavor with an actually sharp bitterness, seemingly without resins, like they had an addition of straight alpha acids. it is so weird deffinately not reccomended. colin and i agree that old style is a finer selection.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Pours amber with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is hardly there, a hint of malt. Taste is moderately sweet with notes of caramel, toffee. Palate was pretty thin. Pretty boring but not foul.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rib Eye (147) - USA - SEP 7, 2004
A sweetish amber;enitrely drinkable and not too filling. Trader Joe’s brews are dependable fridge stockers.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Mild malt,hint of nuttyness with a dryish finsh. Not much to this but is was cheap,drinkable and still better than MGD(which isn’t saying much)

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
okay, this beer didn’t suck as much as i expected it to. smells malty and sour (which i take to be hops), and looks like an amber. taste is largely malt but finishes with some bitterness and leaves a sweet aftertaste. too thin...still drinkable.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
A nice medium caramel color. Slight hoppy aroma. Not much flavor to be had here, slightly hoppy with some lingering sweetness.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Pleasant caramel and toffee malts. Palate was thin and very foamy - took away all of the good flavors.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Bottled. Better than most lagers. Nice hoppy nose, very thin head, lightly hoppy in the taste, aftertaste of soap, yet smooth. Drier than an amber ale.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Amber colored liquid w/ quickly diminishing white head. Heavy caramel malt (expected) aroma and a slightly grassy hop, and even a little toasty. Well balanced w/ toasty and caramel malt with some hop flavor in finish and aftertaste, otherwise pretty clean. Nope, I take that back, there is a diacetyl in the finish as it warms. Also finishes on the dry side. Lighter body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, but not terribly complex. Not something I'd seek out, but not bad to have if it's sitting in front of you.


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