Reid (2254) - 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 (12921) - 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 (3050) - 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: $3.30 at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) Certain aspects of the flavor are pretty nice: the pleasant toastiness early, the moderate roastiness in the finish, the balancing bitterness of the grapefruit-like hops throughout. But other aspects detract: the sugary sweetness early, the grainy maltiness, the "lager" feel of the flavor. Depending on what aspect of the flavor I’m currently focusing on, I either like the beer, or I dislike the beer. After drinking most of the bottle, the bitter finish becomes a bit astringent. Medium bodied, but lighter than expected for what the brewery calls a "big amber." The nose is sweet, malty, lightly toasty, and grainy. Dark orange/amber in color with an average size light tan head that settles to a wide rim. Some patchy lacing at the top of the glass. It’s decent enough, but certainly not worth mail ordering again.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Palace Kitchen. Hard to see in the darkness of this place but looks like a mahogany red color. Mild earthy hops in the nose. Light bodied with notes of malt that quicly succomb to an overpowering earthy hop prescence.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red color. Med to large sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. a touch floral. A medium bodied amber. Malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Somewhat bitter. Another in the class of a big %^#?$*# “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