BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber color with head that stays until the end and doesn't vanish until the end. Lacing stays all the way around until the end. Aroma is full of piping fresh hops, very floral and simply delicious on a fall afternoon. Flavor is slightly bitter but mainly sweet. Finishes with a well balanced sweet from the malt and bite from the hops. This is a great seasonal, I don't know why more people haven't tried this.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not half bad. It is a very full flavored beer that comes across a bit stronger than expected, but it isn't a bad surprise.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells malty and sweet. Rich red coloring, with a short-lived head. Hops and malts balance eachother. However, the hops are slightly more present giving the beer more appeal to me.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looking for something cozy at the bar one cold october night, this one hit the spot perfectly. Perfectly balanced malty and bitter throughout. Spicey and nutty.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Outstanding beer. Aroma is citrus like. Hazy orange in color, creamy white head. Spicy, nutty flavor very "amberale" like. It finishes with a very nice amount of bitterness.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on Cask at the Brewpub.
Cloudy light brown with lasting off white head. Citrus nose. Fruity malt fore and mid with bitter end. Wish I hadn’t had a cold.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Amber-red (copper) color with little to no head. Aroma is of caramel malts and cascade hops. Medium body. Bitter finish and aftertaste. A relatively unremarkable beer. Would enjoy more malt flavoor or dry hop.
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 26, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
just had a nice 25oz mug of this down at hales brewpub. red-brown color, fairly well hopped compared to hales other ales, little bit of malty sweetness. well balanced - very easy drinking.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 24, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2006 This is a totally different beer than the bottled version. On tap at Concordia Ale House. This amber pours a medium orange color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is floral and earthy hops, caramel malts and sweet. A medium bodied amber. Malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hops are floral and grapefruity. Medium bitterness but there are a lot of wet juicy hop flavors. Nice balance. There is a lot of malt to balance the hops. Lively carbonation. Good balance. Lingering hop bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (8-4-8-4-15)----- /> bottled version
Red color, medium head. Medium malts, hoppy amber ale. Nice, slightly malty with a definite hoppyness to it. Nice flavor, some malt sweetness. Hop signature is pronounced. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is bitter. (7-4-7-4-15)
BillKismet (3165) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Autumnal orange hue with a fine head and a pungent aroma of hops. Like the Hales blonde, this too was a bit flat--detracting slightly from the overall score. Smooth with not a whole lot of flavor, though it leaves a hoppy sour note on the palate.