ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Hop and Leaf Feb 2005. Another striking pour (like the Cottonwood IPA) with a deep burnished copper body, bright and tinted with orange and gold. Clear, with a smattering of white head. Aroma and flavor give off strong hops and lightly fruity yeast notes. Very dry and bitter notes up front, with a strange, dry bready finish. The mouthfeel is good though. It starts off moderately carbonated, but finishes much more smooth and lightly creamy. I’m still not thrilled about it, due to the finish. Tastes like an APA to me, strong bitter hops, very dry, with a dry pale malt body.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle. Dark amber in color. Beige frothy head. Citric aroma. Fresh wheat smell. Tastes orangy like rine or curacao. Definite citrus-like oil imparting of long flavor. This beer is NOT hit you upside the head. Floral undertones. Like it has a perfume in it, but not much. Smooth beer that you could drink a bathtub full.
Indra (2689) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, citric hop aroma, suggestions of pineapple and grapefruit, as well as some nicely countering toasty, nutty caramel maltiness. Medium-dark orange amber color with a fine, creamy head and slight lacing. Flavor is hoppy, lightly bitter and citric to start, turning maltier and much sweeter, more sugary caramel to be found, and with a fairly well-balanced finish, some lingering floral hops noted. Notably smooth, creamy palate, medium body. High degree of drinkability. Well done American Amber style, somewhat of a rarity. Cheers to Jay for the bottle.
BiggDaddy (7) - Helen, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this one made it on the guest tap. and the mugg club members are loving it. Very smooth, and balanced. One of the better micro-red ales I’ve tasted in a while
beerandrugby (210) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nicely done ale! I loved the balance of the malt with its slight fruit notes and the bite of the hops.
Dorwart (2412) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin but frothy head. Rich creamy lacing. Slight bitter aroma. Good balance between the hops and malts. Color is a slightly cloudy dark amber. Flavor is pretty dense with good biscuity flavor. Nice and malty with a good bit of hops. Finish is nice and creamy and thick. Very good stuff that has a lot of flavor.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful clear dark amber/red with a small beige head. Aroma is malty and a little floral. Taste has notes of toasty malts, caramel and butterscotch. Pretty sweet, moderately bitter with a medium hop presence. Very full, round and creamy on the palate. Solid and well crafted but it’s kind of boring.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle: the pour is golden copper with a nice offwhite head. nice sweet carmel malty aroma, with some citrus. the flavor is sweet and fruity. nicely balanced by the bitterness. a very drinkable beer.
Zeswaft (1438) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 A really good amber ale, but nothing I haven’t seen before. Mild-medium hopiness and medium maltiness. How much does the picture on the left piss everyone off?
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color here is a dark ruby, but there is no head that I can report. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Malt is huge in this ale, hops have a small role, but still, the body is full, and the mouthfeel generous and tasty. Much more flavorful than other ales I’ve encountered recently. Worthy to associate itself with Irish reds.