Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Lightly hazy red amber pour. Clean, sharp, pineapple and resin aroma; malts of iced tea, toffee, and caramel. Entirely basic, and not too bright. Hint of garlic. Somewhat abrasive hop bitterness; sappy, needly, sharp pine cone, grapefruit and dry grassy flavors; a very peppery, somewhat tea-like dank herbal character. Celery salt. Bitter herbs. Citric acids. The bitterness isnít astringent and the malts arenít too oppressively crystal heavy, but neither element has much character. Most notable is this general aura of last-minute restraint; the slick, papery sweetness of crystal malts lingers but acquiesces, and the abrasive peppery bitterness of dry pacific hops follows suit. Nothing to follow the retreat.
Medium body is surprisingly smooth and fruit forward in texture with moderate carbonation; finishes with a juicy, sunny warmth of mandarin orange and pineapple, pleasantly, then giving way to another round of sappy, raw bitterness. Pretty indifferent about this one. Thanks Ken!
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark ruby-amber pour. Rigid, rocky tan head. Nose is lots of pine and grapefruit with orange peel, caramel and sweet malts. Taste is resinous pine, citrus peels, grapefruit juice, caramel, sweet malts, and some spicy hops. Body is oily and slick but medium-full with moderate carbonation. The finish is equal to the sum of its parts - pine cones, grapefruit, orange peel, chewy caramel, sweet malt notes, and spicy hops. Yummy!
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft) Fluffy beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, chocolate, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, caramel, some chocolate. Chewy medium body.
Kinz (3103) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aside from color, this ainít no amber. Pours a deep amber, lasting tan head, clear, on tap at Capital Ale House Innsbrook. Aroma is hoppy, both floral and grapefruit oriented, touch of earthiness, some caramel notes. The flavor is a hop bomb, with an interesting "powdered" note that is almost like having your hops through a pixie stick. Iíve encountered this once before, but canít recall which beer it was. Caramel malt finish dries nicely. In any case, darn tasty beer that was way too big and hoppy to really be an amber. And that is a good thing.
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red, extremely hoppy brew from Calif. tastes much like another California brew, Bigfoot Barleywine. Very bitter, tan head, a one Iíll definitely try again.
HopHeadinAZ (179) - Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Pours a slightly hazy amber with a solid light tan head.The aroma is rich with hop fragrances of sweet citrus and pine. the flavor is well suited to a red with a little more hop flavor going on. The mouth feel fits the alcohol and style well but the hops leave you wanting more. This is another very good beer by GF but the West Coast IPA remains my favorite.
alex1012 (13) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is how I like my American Ambers nice and hoppy! Pours dark copper with a small head, aromas of citrus hops (Amarillo) and some malt. Hoppy all the way through on the flavor, very clean and fresh tasting. Only beef with this one is that it needs a bit more malt and malt complexity to be outstanding. Still better than most commercial beers out there. The best beer Green Flash makes in my opinion. Cheers, Alex
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very few Green Flash brews are available In this part of the wrong coast so when I saw a new one next to their excellent IPA I was excited. When I noticed it was an amber my excitement began to wane because Iím not a fan of the style but this brewery deserved a fair review so with somewhat diminished expectations I brought some home. So much for diminished expectations! This is a very well crafted beer that really raises the bar for Ambers - practically legitimizes the style all by itself. Pours a rich chestnut with ruby highlites beneath tight and long lasting light tan head. Aroma of grapefruit, hops and toasted malt. Decidedly IPA-like hoppy flavor profile but with notes of toasted caramel and vanilla bean on top. Rich texture and dry as stone and bitter finish. I hope this one will be around for a while.
CelticBrew (747) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby red from 12 oz bottle, foamy head comes forth. Aroma of the typical hopped up amber, hops, some caramel, metallic tin. Flavour was of hop crystal surprise, some pine resins, malts and slight grassy tones come through. Lacing is nice, mouth feel superb. What a delightful surprise. Rather dry in the end but acceptable. Pretty good beer. Would love to try on tap.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Green Christmas tree aroma is off the charts! Delightfully clear reddish amber in color with a thick head and oozing lace. Lots of caramel sweetness and crystal malts to balance the green hoppiness. Somewhat creamy. Resinous finish. Itís like the beer gods are smiling on me.