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 (12440) - 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: $3.30 at Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) Certain aspects of the flavor are pretty nice: the pleasant toastiness early, the moderate roastiness in the finish, the balancing bitterness of the grapefruit-like hops throughout. But other aspects detract: the sugary sweetness early, the grainy maltiness, the "lager" feel of the flavor. Depending on what aspect of the flavor I’m currently focusing on, I either like the beer, or I dislike the beer. After drinking most of the bottle, the bitter finish becomes a bit astringent. Medium bodied, but lighter than expected for what the brewery calls a "big amber." The nose is sweet, malty, lightly toasty, and grainy. Dark orange/amber in color with an average size light tan head that settles to a wide rim. Some patchy lacing at the top of the glass. It’s decent enough, but certainly not worth mail ordering again.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Palace Kitchen. Hard to see in the darkness of this place but looks like a mahogany red color. Mild earthy hops in the nose. Light bodied with notes of malt that quicly succomb to an overpowering earthy hop prescence.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep red color. Med to large sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. a touch floral. A medium bodied amber. Malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and piney. Somewhat bitter. Another in the class of a big %^#?$*# “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
CapFlu (4858) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(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!
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.