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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 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
smcd (366) - USA - FEB 26, 2006
I had almost forgotten this beer. One that turned me off to ambers for a long, long time. In retrospect, it probably isn’t that bad ... chose it many a day over the macro-brews available at the corner liquor store. Copper colored. Slightly hazy. Fast disipating head that leaves almost no lace. Perfumy (not floral ... definitely perfume). Nutty, caramel, slightly astringent, but not terribly dry maltiness. Medium body. Earl Grey tastes ... not terribly hoppy (minimal, floral, orangey hoppiness - Earl Grey) a midling entry in the amber scene.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Foxbush (1258) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
This is a beer slected at Trader Joe’s. They have beer from brewer’s that you never see. This is an Amber Lager. The color was a clear amber with a nice head and no lacing. The caramel malts do dominate the flavors that you experience. It could use more hops. The finish was smooth and with some bitterness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Date: March 14, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ticker Tasting
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: light caramel malt flavor, touch of sweetness, lots of balancing bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Rating: 2.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2005
HAzy with a quarter inch head.light fruity aroma with a stong malt flavor. Minimal hops.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
vyvvy (3904) - 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 doesn’t cost much.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mansquito (3287) - 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.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2010
(12 ounce bottle - pint glass) Pours a brown colored beer that has little head. Has a fruity nose. Tastes of a caramel malt with a small hop characteristic. Watery texture and soft carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2010
12 oz bottle served in a snifter. Pour was deeper amber with a half inch of wet, foamy head on top. Nose is malt, apricot, and apples. Taste is malt and apples. Another mediocre brew, though I would rather drink this then what my local bar serves ... nothing special.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Metalchopz (2209) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2010
Purchased at Trader Joe in Nashville on my trip there. Pours a dark amber colour, clean, with an off-white head that is big, foamy, with average retention and leaves great webbing. Yeasty nose with a little malt. Watery mouthfeel with a medium-thin body. I guess they have changed they recipe since the beginning, as this one does not taste much caramel anymore (like older reviews). Kind of boring, with a little bitterness. A little sweet malt. Mildly crisp, and still boring. A monster that does not scare at all.


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