lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009. Spring seasonal.
Appearance: Transparent coppery brown colour with three finger beige head when poured into tall half litre central European style glass tankard. Head recedes after a short while to a heavy ring and thin layer of froth, leaving modest lacing.
Aroma: Tempered malty sweetness and chocolate, but not as strongly chocolatey as, for example, some European beers that are reminiscent of chocolate mousse.
Taste: Restrained malty sweetness with gentle coffee and chocolate flavours, leading to a gentle hop bitterness that mingles with the malts and a finish that doesnít linger for very long. Extremely well balanced, rewarding, and rounded. Unlike some amber/copper/brown ales from the pacific northwest, this does not even begin to taste like cola or rootbeer.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight silkiness. Minimal carbonation.
Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Its easy finish does not detract from its wonderful flavour. Easily sessionable and capable of maintaining the appreciation. If you want a beer with a long, lingering finish, this beer is not for you. But you are missing out if you donít try this.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lotís of caramel in the nose, with roasted malt and some fall grass. Colour is true to its name - copper. Flavour shows walnuts, tonnes of malt, dust and some roast near the end. Palate has a slight after film, but expertly carbonated. Finish is quite a nice light roast with the caramel making another appearence. Good stuff.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huzzah for the one-litre swing top bottles favoured by Howe Sound (and by me as well)! Not much of a head with this one, what there was being a thin, ivory-coloured layer on top of a rather nice and clear amber/copper body. The aroma was quite malty, with some hop undertones; I found the flavour to be very much the same. Mouthfeel was smooth, and it finished sweet and malty.
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with a decent head and some lace. Brown sugar aroma, sweet and malty and enticing. Tastes very much like a pale ale crossed with a brown ale - interesting chocolate malt flavour, not too heavy on the crystal and still enough hops to keep things interesting. Well balanced, light butter/diacetyl, with a warm toffee finish. Carbonation is quite good, considering the problems Iíve had with Howe Sound 1L flip-tops. This beer reminds me of a basic macro "Pale Ale" but with enough character to carry it through. Very sessionable!
presario (4440) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber. Good off-white head and lace. Malt and yeast aroma. A bit chewy. Caramel grows from thin young-tasting to very nice middle. Hint of roughness and hops in the finish.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2008 Original rating (7-4-6-3-13 is equal to 3.3): Toasted and caramel malts blend well with floral hops and berry-like fruity esters in the nose. Clear burnished copper coloured body is topped by a generous and foamy off white head. Toasted and caramel malts with floral hops, mild bitterness and fruity esters. Mild buttery character is notable especially in the aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Goes more along the lines of British ale than an American amber. Well made if not terribly exciting. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Brewery Creek, Jun-07). Rerate (6-5-7-4-14 is equal to 3.6): Malty clean straight forward aroma. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled off white head that recedes to a lasting cover with some lacing. Caramel malt sweetness is pronounced with moderate offsetting bitterness. Quite dry medium body with fairly strong lightly prickly carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub in Mar-07.
patricks110 (1487) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the best amber ale out there, but pretty solid. Nice barley malts, toffee, hops and mild yeast. A nice bitter hop finish. Pretty nice beer though.
CapFlu (4254) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(1 litre flip top) Purchased at The Strath for $6.95. Also seen at Spinnakers and The Swan. Pours a clear, well carbonated, mahogany body with a medium, white head. Nose is surprisingly sweet - brown sugar and chocolate malts. A good elixir of toffee malt, roasted nuts and floral hop flavours. Fairly basic but well executed. Some minor butterscotch in the finish.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper with a musty, caramel aroma. Flavour is more of the same with a bit of earthyness.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber, lasting beige head. Lightly fruity carmel malt nose. Light sweet brown sugar profile, very light hop bitterness