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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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We like to call this a Northwest Amber Lager, but it is often categorized as a Vienna style lager. The beer originally started out resembling a Steam Beer style beer, but we’ve slowly been dropping the fermentation temperature to the point where it’s really just a lager beer, and too smooth, to fit that category. The color looks like a Vienna style lager, but the amount and type of hops, and the grain bill are quite different. We use Magnum and Cascade hops in this beer, and they blend well with the American (51%), German (43%) and British (6%) malts we use. The beer features strong hop character, along with smooth malt, caramel, and toffee flavors and aromas, with a refreshing bite in the finish. This beer goes really well with pulled pork and brisket. (1.012 BG, 5.0%, 36 IBU, 9.0 SRM)


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
TwoSipDip (8894) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle with MJ. Thanks bro! Pours a clear dark amber appearance with an off white head. Aromas of cracker, caramel, toasted malt, light bread, just a bit spicy, herbal, grassy hoppy aroma. Just a bit chewy, caramel, grassy, a bit bready flavor. Kind of reminded me of a dry EPA with just a bit of spiciness of the hops. Really didn’t enjoy this one as much as many of the other offerings from Heater Allen.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (5789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bomber thanks to Mike. Pours a deep clear amber color with a medium white head. A sweet fruity nose. The flavor is earthy, crisp, some rich caramel, grainy, some light bitterness. Very clean and nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeJslc (714) - USA - MAY 24, 2013
Deep gold/light copper, clear, off-white head. Aroma of grainy-sweet and slightly corn-like malt, a little bready note, clean lager character. Flavor again of grainy-sweet, corn-like malt, some caramel, clean lager yeast character, balancing bitterness but no significant hop flavor or aroma. Clean, well-made lager, but with a kind of grainy, corn-like quality. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2013
Draft at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland (from notes). Light coffee and caramel aroma. Some light caramel roasted in the initial /mid offers up some grassy hoppiness / final has a moderate bitterness and light chocolate notes. Okay.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a reddish tinged amber with an offwhite head. Nose shows some soft sweetness and clean, herbal hops, tending towards an English type character. Toasty malt with a drying finish. Medium bitterness and richly malty overall. Really nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle thanks to GT2. Amber colored pour, smallish white head. Nose and flavor show that it’s definitely an American hopped German style beer; more grass and light citrus bitterness than spicy, floral noble characteristics. Nice spicy, almost rye-like malt profile. Smooth and crisp. Very well done.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6486) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma musty grain and a touch of sweetness and a nice grassiness. Flavor has a nice grassy note with some caramel and a bit of underlying earthiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Brian, pours amber white head. Aroma of leather, bread, Flavors doughy, leather, some citrus, healthy hopping and bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Doughy malts with some light citrus and floral notes. Taste us fairly dry and moderately bitter, somewhat medicinal with a bit of aspirin.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8172) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
651mL thanks to brainlair. Pours a full haze, deep amber with weaker white head. Okay formation. Nose is caramel, lemon soap. Taste is very interesting- malt forward, some coconut, soap, tea. Malt forward with lemon peel bitterness. Light tartness. Some thick rye bread, pumpkin bread, cinnamon, even German gingerbread holiday snacks (lebkuchen). Very bitter for style. Easy to drink, very bitter with some tea leaf character.


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