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Great Divide Ridgeline Amber Ale (Arapahoe Amber)



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RATINGS: 310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
A malty, copper-hued treat from start to finish, Ridgeline begins with a distinctive, estery aroma. Followed with a complex, nutty malt flavor true to its Scottish-style heritage, Ridgeline delivers unparalleled character and dimension. A touch of hops rounds out its silky, full body, highlighting Ridgeline’s subtle but engrossing character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2002
Re-Rate 07/04/02: Clear deep amber color, the head is fluffy and beige, with lots of lace. Nose is malt, light citrus tones, clean and fresh. Front is sweet, the top is light, the finish has a nice hop bite, dry and acidic, a decent beer, and would make a good session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 18, 2002
I liked this quite a bit. Nice white head that conteasts with the amber color. Subtle dark malts evident in the nose, slightly floral. Complex taste with biting hoppiness in the beginning, mellowing out to a sweet, smooth finish with subtle caramel. Quite well balanced. This was something off the shelf that I picked up just try something new with no idea of what it was, and it turned out to be a nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2002
This bottle was extremely overcarbonated. Nice maltiness in the aroma. Nice balance of malt and bitterness in body. Very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2002
Great Divide has some distribution power - you can find this stuff all over Michigan. The amber actually claims to be a scottish ale and it does have substantial maltiness, leading toward the sweet side of good for my palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaltenburg (1) - USA - FEB 8, 2002 does not count
Very good Scotch ale type. Malt balanced with just the right amount of hops to make this beer very enjoyable for someone who likes his beer on the malty side and is starting to get to know hoppier brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2001
Big, long-staying head, with an appetizing nose. This has all those ’bready’ qualities that I personally am looking for in an Amber. The hops stay right at the front of the tongue and don’t invade the rest of the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2001
A decent amber ale. SOme dark malts are evident with a good hop bite. One of the better amber ales.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2001
Too much carbonation. It had a weak flavor too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2001
A rich malty beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blatz (138) - Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2001
Very good - clear crisp taste - nice frothy white head and rich amber color. Great aroma and initial hop presence though I think its slightly overbalanced on malt - the finish was too sweet for me - should’ve used some more finishing hops - but thats just my humble opinion. Overall enjoyable - check it out. Cheers!

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