kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Hop Rocket
clear dark amber, dense cream head, solid lace,
sweet citrus aroma,
rich hop flavor on a sweet caramel malt base, perfect balance between the hops and the malt, light bitterness adds to the ballance but does not detract from the hop flavor, lasting tasty bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Sammy (7732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the brewpub. Red-amber colour with minimal head and lace. Lovely grapefruit hoppy aroma drew me in. Hophead bitterness, this is some breweries’ i.p.a. Significant Carmel, malt for balance. Suitably carbonated. Drying finish. A medium mouthfeel.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Wausau brewpub on 6/24/07: Pours a transparent copper with a well-lacing clingy white head. Lightly caramely sweet nose has some light piny hop presence. Body starts fairly full and mildly sweet with some toasted malt toward a drier, more bitter earthy hop finish. Could use some fresher more abundant aroma hops and a touch more sweetness.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewpub in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper penny amber brew with a creamy white head that has good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of light white bread malt, some herbs and plenty of grapefruit zest with piney hops. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with strong citrus/pine flavors that over-powers any malt flavors. Finish is quite bitter, with a lingering grapefruit zest aftertaste that makes this more like an IPA than an American Pale Ale.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper color with a thin head. Light orange aroma. Fairly grainy taste and a bitter, slightly acidic finish. Just a bit of orange flavor.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on draft at the Cranberry PA location this beer poured a bright red-amber color with a small khaki head. The aroma was lightly sweet and fruity but rather faint. The flavor was sour and nutty with a harsh floral and dry fruity hop presence. There was a light body.
JK (4174) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From Skyview’s growler. Bitter, grassy hops. Orange color. Thin white head and light red color. A session beer with very low bitterness, not bad at all for what it is.
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer is on tap at the H&H in Cranberry. I wonder why many beers have hops in their name but are not IPA? It pours pretty dark orangish brown. Has a big white head and medium hop aromas. Head fades rapidly. Not as hoppy as I expected on the first taste. IBU is listed as 48 but I think is may be a little less bitter than that. It is much less bitter than the ESB I just had. Now I begin to feel the bitter hops building on the back of my throat. Has a medium amount of maltiness, but the flavors are now dominated by the hops. It is not an overwhelming hop brew, mind you. Finish is mildly hoppy but not on the same level as other american ambers I’ve had the pleasure of tasting.
Nate (3464) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Great hop aroma, orange peel and grapefruit, sweet brown sugar malt. Deep amber-orange clear with off-white foamy laing head. Medium waery body with light carbonation. Starts with mild sweet maltiness and fruity fresh hops. Dies away quickly to a medium chalky bitterness and tongue-coating dry nutty after.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the restaurant/brewpub in Escanaba. Awesome that they can measure the ABV to a hundredth of a percent...anyway, deep, murky orange-brown body with strong carbonation, medium buff head. Spicy, floral hops aroma, light at serving temperature. Full, piney, floral hops body with strong hoppy bite, backed by dry caramely and toasty malts. A bit citrusy. A fair offering. This was listed as the "Hop Rocket Pale Ale," not Amber Ale.