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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Brewed to celebrate the birthday of our great nation, our American Red Ale starts with a crisp hop flavor and ends smooth and sweet. IBU 45.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5333) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2009
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Poursa nice amber orange. Aroma is caramel, light soap, butter. Taste is bready, caramel sweetness, bitterness in the finish. not a big fan of ambers but this is decent

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (4533) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Draft @ Party Source. Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma was floral and citrus with some caramel malt there as well. There was a slight soapy hint to the nose as well. The flavor opens with a soft bready malt, mild caramel, and citrus hops. The finish has a nice bitterness with more toasted malt coming through. I didn’t get much sweetness from this. Medium bodied, decent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10087) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Draft from Party Source. Poured a clear dark copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasted and had good lacing. Good malty and earthy hop aroma. Medium body with slick dry texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy balanced smooth flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Imperial draft served on tap at Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a sunny clear copper, decent offwhite head that sticks around laces well, decent carbonation liveliness. Aromas are some nice floral and grapefruit hoppiness, grass, caramel and toffee malts. Initial is smooth caramel english malts, nuttiness, good bitter floral hops. This is an ESB by the book off the bat and a very nice one at that, more intense than it’s so called "Amber" tag. Good bitterness balanced by toasty English malts, drinks very well with sweetness and bitterness in harmony. I can applaud any ESB that is served in honor our nation. Finish a bit of toffee sweetness with moderate bitterness. Top effort bya brewery that does ESBs very very well.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2009
On tap at Chappys in Dayton. A malty, not too hoppy amber ale. Almost similar flavor to the Elliot Ness. Sweet malts, light fruitiness, and just enough hops to add a nice moderate bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Sampled on draft at Johnny’s Wife’s Place in Jeannette PA this beer poured a medium amber color with a huge yellow-white head. The aroma was moderate floral and light fruity hops. The flavor was lightly tangy and bitter with a nice amount of fruity and floral hops and a nice malt backbone. Good balance though a bit thin in substance. Nicely Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2009
On draught at Winking Lizard. The beer pours a clear reddish-amber color with a medium white head that diminishes steadily. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Hoppy aroma with grapefruit accents along with some malt. Medium body with a moderately bitter hops character. Notes of citrus and bready malt as well. The finish is citrusy hops and mild malt with a lingering bitterness. Above average overall.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Red-amber with good, creamy head / Nose of malt, dry hops and citrus / Light to medium body, crisp and hoppy, with good malts and finish / Flavors of toast, burnt spun sugar, and grapefruit / A very fine pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Draft at Dublin Pub in Dayton. Bright but dark copper with a pleasantly rolling bubbliness. Nice rich caramel malt forms the basis of this, but there’s also a nice crisp hoppy bite to bring it together. Yummy. (#3576, 7/4/2009)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (2963) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009
Rating #15 for this beer.
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7/07/2008: GLBC Independence Ale has a cloudy amber/resin color topped by a small, frothy, beige/tan head. The aroma is lively and earthy with pine and citrus hops. There is also a good caramel malt presence and a mild to moderate amount of bitterness. The flavor has a nice caramel maltiness with resin, pine, and earthy hops. There is also a touch of citrus in the finish. This beer has a medium to medium-full body and is balanced and easy to drink.

Draught sample (ABV 6.0%; IBU 45) at the Great Lakes Brewing Company Brewpub in Cleveland, Ohio.
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7/02/2009: Great Lakes Independence Ale is bright and hoppy with fairly generous bitterness. The hop characteristic is grapefruit with plenty of sticky resin. There is just enough underlying toffee maltiness and toast to keep the beer somewhat balanced, although it still leans toward the hoppy side. Tangerine or clementine comes through in the finish. As far as appearance goes, it has a copper color with a lasting beige head. I would put this beer into the Pale Ale or even IPA category due to the fowardness of the hops and the level of bitterness. I like this beer quite a bit. It has lots of flavor and is more than interesting enough to warrant putting down a growler of it!

Draught (growler fill) from The Party Source.



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