hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Poured a deeper and lightly cloudy amber color with a large (4 finger) off white head. Aromas of caramel, juicy oranges, and some flowers. Stronger floral tasting with caramel, and citrus. I also got a light spiciness in the aroma towards the bottom of the bottle. Sweet with a lightly bitter hop finish.
Reid (2302) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber.
Very nice lookin amber in my pint shaker. Amber with red trints with a nice sized bubbly/frothy tan head, that goes fas but leaves nice laceing.
A very "caramel" aroma to this one almost to the point of butteryness actually quite inviting.
Again I liked the malty/toffee sweet flavour of this only broken up by a hint of bitterness as the mouthful vanishes down the throat.
Nice on the palte, sweet but not sickeningly so.
I liked this beer a nice laid back sweet amber!
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours a deep copper-red color with a scant, cheesy head. No real lacing left behind. Aroma is nicely malty with a very health dose of earthy and floral hops. Medium bodied. Grossly undercarbonated, perhaps not the brewers fault but messes with the palate and appearance. Tends to be a bit cloying without bubbles. Nicely malty, bordering on sweet but not becoming sickly. Again, a healthy dose of citric hop bitterness in the middle and finish. Decent, need to try a bottle.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber, small white head. Aroma is toasted malt and grassy hops. Flavor is sweet, and full of alcohol and astringent flavors, a little sweet malt to balance.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly flat, reddish amber pour. Nectarine aroma with some flowers. Juicy fruit flavor with lemons, apples, limes and some caramel like sweetness. Finishes bitter. Sometimes I really like this and others times its passable. Still it’s another in th way of hoppy reds to come out of the west coast. Thanks André.
argo0 (13077) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22oz bottle) Big beige head atop a cloudy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, some caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, floral, lemon, some caramel, light herbal. Light-medium, clean body. The lemon does not work for me.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber appearance, decent head formation. Malty aroma. Smooth, creamy palate, sugarry sweet malts, mild bite in the finish. Doesn’t live up to the "big" amber label.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had a bottle of this immediately after a bottle of Rogue American Amber - a very fruit-filled hoppy beer in its own right, but this took on a defferent approach, a sweeter less directed one. To be honest, thie first thing that came to mind here was Fruit Loops, or Fruity Pebbles - sugar cereal...distinctly. Eventually the hops make temselves known in a more traditional way, but that sweet fruit never really leaves the palate.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.