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"Red Menace Big Amber" is out to revolutionize the world of Amber ales--this one's big (like the name says!), full flavored and hoppy. Taste one and you'll want to join the party. Ingredients:Pale malted barley, Caramel and Carastan malts, a handful of Black Malt, and 100% Centennial hops, Hale's special yeast and filtered water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $3.30 at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) Certain aspects of the flavor are pretty nice: the pleasant toastiness early, the moderate roastiness in the finish, the balancing bitterness of the grapefruit-like hops throughout. But other aspects detract: the sugary sweetness early, the grainy maltiness, the "lager" feel of the flavor. Depending on what aspect of the flavor I’m currently focusing on, I either like the beer, or I dislike the beer. After drinking most of the bottle, the bitter finish becomes a bit astringent. Medium bodied, but lighter than expected for what the brewery calls a "big amber." The nose is sweet, malty, lightly toasty, and grainy. Dark orange/amber in color with an average size light tan head that settles to a wide rim. Some patchy lacing at the top of the glass. It’s decent enough, but certainly not worth mail ordering again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2005
On tap at Palace Kitchen. Hard to see in the darkness of this place but looks like a mahogany red color. Mild earthy hops in the nose. Light bodied with notes of malt that quicly succomb to an overpowering earthy hop prescence.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Deep red color. Med to large sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. a touch floral. A medium bodied amber. Malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Somewhat bitter. Another in the class of a big %^#?$*# “Imperial” Ambers that have been appearing lately. Lots of malts, lots of hops, yet its still most definitely an amber. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (4500) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
(20oz bottle) Copper body with a thin, white head and large bubbles. Caramel malt with centennial hops, yet buttery. Acidity and bitternes in the hops flavour. Fairly hoppy for an amber ale. Creamy, tasteless finish. Thanks for sharing Andre!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Medium copper coloring, with a fluffy white head that disolves quickly. Sturdy, malt backbone. Caramel, toasted bread flavors. Some fruity hoppiness at the finish. Not as "big" as they state in the name. However, it is a pretty decent and easy drinking amber.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
motelpogo (6474) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 23, 2004
on tap at hales. pretty standard amber, slightly floral aroma, some nougat flavour and an easy dry finish. ho hum

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Clear reddish amber colour with good light brown head. mixed malt and hop nose blend well. smooth malty taste beginning giving way to slight bitter hop after

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 Draughtat Pete’s Pizza & Calzone in Seattle pours reddish amber, fairly clear, light carbonation, with fantastic lacing.   Good balance of hops and malts on the nose.   Forwardly malty with a nice hop trailer.   Average body and mouhfeel.   Finishes with a slight hop bite.   Not bad!

Edit:   Bottle proves to be not as enjoyable as on draught.   Seems a bit more unbalanced, leaning towards the hoppy side with an akward astringency.   Not as malty as I would have liked.   Stick with the draught version if you must.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2649) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Draft, from mini keg. Good nose, piney grapefruity. Nice red color. Sweet bitter flavors. mainly carmel and grapefruit. Thin body bitter finish. A very tasty amber. Had this at beer reception on beer cruise.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Really liked this beer. Nice and bitter, great looking, great tasting. Good choice if you get the chance

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