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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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A special blend of malted barley - lightly to darkly roasted - creates layers of toasty sweetness, balanced by the citrusy notes of Cascade hops. Burnt orange with a laid back finish, this is the beer of Austin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2011
12 oz bottle - I’ve been in Texas for two days, and I finally found something other than Shiner. Should have had a Shiner. Sticky on the tongue. A little nutty flavor. Almost tastes like a nut brown. OK...it’s actually growing on me as I drink a few more sips.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rougeau13 (2176) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours dark, clear amber with a small whitish head. Weak aroma of bread, nuts and caramel. Taste is bready malt, a little sweet with a very minimal hop presence, water and a little nutty. This beer is thin, watery, and softly carbonated and climaxes in a finish of....you guessed it, water. This is worthless. Not that all of Independence’s beers are great, but how Convict Hill and this come from the same place baffles me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2835) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2011
On tap at Black Sheep Lodge. Light amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is malty, sweet, a little caramel, and nutty. Taste is caramel, roasted nuts, and a little hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, amber-copper colored body with a finger-width, very frothy, khaki head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is sweeter caramel with some toasty grains. A bit nutty with a hint of florals. Flavor is better. A solid caramel sweetness up front with a nice, toasty, grainy, nuttiness. Lots of balancing earth and dry toast before this dries with a light-moderate, grassy and earthy bitterness that leaves a pretty lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent amber. Fairly well hopped with a solid caramel balance. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
baraciisch (2289) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Brown amber in color... Light malt aroma... Flavor is bready malts but very unrefined, bad off finish... Pretty bad

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
degbert (1344) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Poured from bottle. Color is a non-descript orange-brown-amber; there is a slight head, but no lace. Nose is faint traces of fruit (especially, oddly enough, apple pie) and toast. It has a faint savory edge on the open, but the middle is meager and hollow and there’s an odd aftertaste of -- chlorine? Pool water? The palate is utterly lacking in carbonation -- mouthfeel is more like an ESB than an Amber, and it leaves a muddy feel on the finish. It’s not bad, exactly, but it ain’t good either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a clear amber with a small frothy off white head that diminishes rather quickly. The aroma is light malt and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a light malt with a sweet finish. A decent amber from Independence.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
reliantkcar (102) - USA - FEB 26, 2010
cereal, grass, raisin, amber, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (9344) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Sample at the Texas Beer & Brats tasting 10/11/2009. This brew is a slightly murky amber color with a thick and foamy off-white head that recedes slowly. Stringy lacing. Faint caramel malt aroma. Roasted malt flavor offset by a bit of off fruit and hops. The finish is short and malty. So-so at best.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Cloudy amber pour with a huge off-white head. Nose of sweet malt and slight infection. Caramel flavor with some hop and more hints of infection.

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