shrubber85 (9946) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Sweet apple-cherry malt aroma. Reddish amber color with small head. Lightly sweet apple cider and malt flavor with a touch of lemon and mild hops finish. Nicely drinkable.
Beerdedone (3156) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at world beer festival. pours deep copper with a decent sized off-white head. Aroma of hops, sweetmalts, and some grassy notes. Flavor is smooth, sweet maltiness, citrus, and nuts with a slight bitter ending. Good body, good brew.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color with a medium, lasting white head. Hops are clearly evident in the aroma, grassy and metallic at the same time. Flavor has a nice bitterness, but lacks any distinctive malt charecter. Not unplesant to drink, but Iím not sure what they were going for here. Itís not quite an APA, but not exactly an amber ale.... well... what the hell is an amber ale anyway?
JPDIPSO (5318) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper color with just a hint of red. Taller aged paper colored head. Rather typical amber aroma, with some caramel, toffee, and mild herbs. Very nutty in flavor with some hazelnuts and dry roasted peanuts. A mild acidic flair throughout. Very dry in the finish. Nearly no linger. I seem to catch the willamette, but not the cascade hops. Granted the hops schedule in this one is not one that would make of break it. As Iíve said before, just another amber, and Iím bored to pieces by ambers.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty pour to a translucent amber-rose color, with a big tan ice sheaf on top and a creamy doily rung around the edges. Aroma promises with sweet maple dinner rolls, gentle grass, cherry toffee chews, brown sugar, cinnamon coffee cake and a touch of red hot licorice. Somewhat shearing acidity strikes the flavor chords with a curt caramel vibe. Aluminum steel twang with a wholesome whole wheat meets sourdough complex. Bran flakes and a lick of hickory twigs stored in wet, rusty herbicide tins. Harsh palate opposition, effervescent and twanging at the back. When I think of balance, I think of somethingís that just not right - maybe itís the ill-advised alpha acid hop breach and the over boiled caramel malt. Finish winds down to whole wheat bread covering milky toffee chews and piney brazil nuts. Uninspiring.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber with white head. Faint aroma of cascade hops and malt. Flavor has some toastiness , along with a flavor of carmelized sugar and fruity hops. Nice spicy bitter finish. This is a very solid amber. One better beers from Highland.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
splotchy lacing. off-white creamy head. deep, ruddy color. high carbonation. smells sweet and fruity, like oranges. tastes of orange, light hops and lemon. Has a "far away" aftertaste.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not a big fan of amber ales and this did little to change that. Hazy copper/amber color with a thick white head. Sweet nose, some pine, caramel, straw. Some creaminess in the mouth, medium body. The flavor was rather unimpressive.
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light to medium red color with a thin tan head. Heavy hoppy aroma. Light yet robust taste with light to medium hop sweetness.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Low intensity aroma is grassy and slightly smoky. Rich amber in color with an attractive thumb thick off-white head. Toasty malts in the fore, very creamy mouthfeel for this style, something almost spicy in the finish. Smooth caramel malt backbone throughout the entire range. Has a great overall feel to it...a heft if you will. Very freaking nicely done amber ale-a style you donít see much innovation in.