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RATINGS: 683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deep amber colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2008
On tap at Brixx Pizza, Chappel Hill, NC. Pours a deep copper colour with a medium tan head. It has a kind of burnt sugar aroma to it. There is a bitter sweetness to the flavour and a hint of caramel. Finishes on a stale hoppy note. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to really interest me here.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hiero (161) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Strong caramel/malt taste. Smooth finish, not much bitterness. A head that disappears into a thin lace. Medium carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lorenasa (159) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Pours an amber. With a tan head. Has a slight lemony aroma. With a hint of bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Very mellow, malt-based aroma that offers little else, while rich in this respect. A barely brown appearance that makes you think more of orange. big bubbled decent head. Tastes like it smelled, just watered down, ie it lost some richness to be desired. Sickly sweet, and otherwise empty palate. Borders on boring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Livendadream (155) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Btl pours clear reddish amber color. Thick,creamy off white head that lingers for a while, leaves minimal lace on glass. Smells grain,sweet cereal, a very faint toasted bread aroma and floral hops. Tastes of lightly sweet caramel malt,a faint breadiness (fresh baked) and floral hops. Light to medium body, smooth texture, lively carbonation and dry and smooth bitter finish. Good amber, nice maltiness, balanced taste, easy to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Deep, slightly hazy red-amber color, medium off-white head. Light aroma of caramel malts and some dark fruit. Malty flavor with some bite to it. Decent hop bitterness. Lighter bodied, finish is malty with some dryness. Decent beer, but not "exceptionally balanced".

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2008
12 oz bottle in a basic pub glass

Appearance: ruddy, copper brown with plenty of bubbles and a thin-to-near-naught white head. On the dark side of translucent.

Nose: Sweetish caramel roasted malt leads into mild hops.

Taste: Not unpleasant burnt-malt-with-hops sensation. A little on the sweet side but the bitterness comes through at the end. It’s got "session beer" written all over it, if a bit on the strong side at 5.8%

Palate: Spritzy and fun. Pair with food for sure -- it will cut through all kinds of oil and fat and leave you refreshed.

Overall: A great flagship ale from a strong local brewery. Equally satisfying as a session beer and an all-around food companion. Perfect with pizza; try with other Italian fare as well!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Light to medium red color with a thin tan head. Heavy hoppy aroma. Light yet robust taste with light to medium hop sweetness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Nice red amber color with a thin head. Malty aroma. Slight malt flavor with a balancing hop finish. This is my favorite local beer.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2009
bottle. A nice ruby copper color and a light white head. A weak aroma of sweet malts, hops and metal. Taste is pretty mild but it is balanced and the beer overall is refreshing and good for drinking while grilling.


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