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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A malty beer with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Slight fruit and hop accents add to the overall complexity. Available Mid-January to late March


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Nice amber beer, moderate white head, roasted malt and slight hop aroma, decent malt flavor with an above average bitter finish. some floral hints in the flavor. Good session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This beer is a rich amber highlighted red ale that pours with a half-inch off white head. The head slowly fades to a thin film indicative of a malty beer. A very nice lace pattern is left on the glass. The aroma is very malty, with a touch of hops. The combination of the sweetness and the hops almost has a cinnamon charcter to it. Very intruiging. The flavor shows some nice hop bitterness up front, with a very solid malt background. Hints of peat smokiness show through in the mid, with a decent bitterness on the finish. A nice balamce of malt and hops make this very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp, but yet refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Malty beers have slowly moving bubbles, that's my observation. In this case the beer was only marginally cold, so that wan't it. They're downright lazy in their swirling. Mmmm, what a nearly Viennese malt presence here, so sweet and caramelly and roasty (in that order of dominance), yet surprisingly crisp in the finish. Higly recommended for Vienna fans, malt lovers, and aficianados of well-crafted beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Reddish tint, small head, no lacing, tint to medium-bodied. Light and tart fruity aroma. Butterscotch, apple, hint of wood on the palate. As it warmed up, a malty sweetness became present. Very good balance. Slighty fizzy mouthfeel. Lingering bitter hops. Recommended but more like an English pale or a Belgium Abbey Single than a Irish Ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Amber color, small white head. Aroma of malt and hops. Flavor of malt, bread and hops.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2003
As soon as I sniffed this one I knew there'd be trouble. It had a really bad bite to it that ruined my meal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2003
A deep orange/amber body is topped by a medium thick off-white head with lots of lace left on the glass. Sweet slightly hoppy aroma with some lemony notes and malty accents. Bitter hoppy flavor with slightly sweet malty accents. The finish is hoppy and bitter. Light to medium bodied, slightly smooth and dry.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4659) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2003
Red tint to a golden colour. Head initially came from the bottle, but as I noticed this, I poured very slowly so no extraneous head could arise. Instead of a good amount of head, absolutely none came. Sour, sweet fruity aroma! A great mix of malt and hops to make a good Irish ale. Just like fellow jah_noth from Rochester as well....I typically don't like Irish Ale's much, but this one is quite an exception. I (jah as well probably) noticed a decent selection of this brewer's beers at our local shop, so I picked up every style they made, and I'm quite impressed with every single beer i've had of Great Lakes'! Too bad I can't find the IPA anywhere around!!!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2003
More yellowish color than ruby. Mildly sour fruity aroma but a nice toasty malt flavor. I rather like this ale, though Irish ales aren't often my favorites.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Yellow/amber color with a huge, fluffy white head. Aroma is faintly like a belgian blond, slightly sweet and malty. Flavor has caramel notes, smooth overall. It's an alright brew, seems kind of like it can't make up its mind what type of beer it wants to be.


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