agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber color...fluffy head that laces well. Balanced aroma, with a bold maltiness and noticeable hop undertones. Flavors of caramel and brown sugar are very much present in the front...mouthfeel is slightly crisp. Back has somewhat of a floral hop character, but still maintains a nice balance. Finish is pretty mild, with a slight hop tang. A very full flavored, yet extremely balanced brew...one of the best ambers I’ve tasted.
mtnbrwr (4) - , Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is not what it used to be. When I first tasted it, it was much darker, too roasty and not what you think of when you think of an Amber ale. Today it pours a deep amber, almost red color. It has a fine, light tan head that rouses easily. The aroma is balanced, nothing over the top, with some subtle, earthy hop aroma and caramel malt rising when swirled. The flavor is well balanced, not too hoppy, not too malty. I could drink a few of these, and probably will. Overall, this is a very nice beer--highly drinkable without sacrificing flavor or mouthfeel. Good Job!
opiate (199) - Sandy, Utah, USA - NOV 30, 2000
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very well balanced ale. A nice floral finish. A great all around beer. I can recommend this stuff with my head held up high.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smelled great and the taste didn’t disappoint either. Slight nutty flavor. I’d easily buy a case of this.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Dark, semi-hazy reddish amber with decent head.
Aroma of sweet floral malts with citrus hop tinge.
Semi-sweet malts upfront, turning more toward citrus hops in the middle, and finishing with a touch of bitterness. The bitterness seems almost more English than American.
Somewhat high carbonation, medium body, surprisingly dry finish considering the upfront sweetness.
Much more interesting than the average amber (probably due to the dryness), and ultimately very drinkable. Pleasantly surprised by this.
After my second bottle, I feel this is almost a cross between an American Amber and an English Bitter.
foyle (224) - Wyoming, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: less than 1" cream colored head recedes slowly, very light lacing. Color is a very cloudy amber with much sediment in suspension. Some carbonation bubbles present.
Aroma: whole wheat bread dough, hop spice and some caramel.
Mouthfeel: fairly light bodied with a dry finish.
Flavor: chewy whole wheat bread, caramel, raisins, spicy hops with a slight alcohol presence in the finish.
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This looked and smelled like an amber ale but tasted just like a porter. Fortunately I like porters so this one gets a good rating from me.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep mahogany with tan head. Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, roasted grains. Flavor was rich with sweet malts that were offset by a bitter hop profile creating a great complexity and fullness to the taste. Sweet and crisp to start and finishing on the dry side. Very nice American style amber.
heemer77 (5097) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The body was light brown with a light khaki colored head. The aroma was dry dirt with some pineapple and hay. There was also a note of toffee. The taste was tea with toffee and hints of mango. The finish was dry and this had a very nice mouthfeel.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 ml bottle from Bevmo. Cloudy copper brown with a thick creamy tan head. Sweet caramel and slightly roasty and bready aroma. Nice caramel and honey taste with some decent earthy slightly roasty notes to the finish.