xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
sweet, very sweet. not much hop in this, nor is there much aroma. it’s a "drink all night" beer, because it’s not very interesting and it won’t get you very drunk, and that’s the best that can be said about this one.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fairly decent amber ale with an outstanding appearance. Delicious caramel malt character with a moderate hop balance. I prefer their nut brown more.
Jayb0 (1122) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Either this isn’t a chracteristic amber or I found an amber I actually like. Honey golden with great flavors balanced very well with a slighly oily mouth feel. The hop spice cuts through what I usually find to be a style too sweet with malt.
Aurelius (4834) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Malty/fruity/alcohol aroma. Hazy orange. Toffee or butterscotch in a sturdy bitterish ale. I had a very old bottle of this and it stood up very well to cellaring. Rerate with a fresh bottle: After sampling the other Ithacas, which weren't very stellar, I was shocked to see that I'd given this a 3.9 in the cellared bottle. Turns out not to be that far off -- Ithaca's strong point is their fruity aroma. Hops were more evident in the fresh bottle. I downgraded the flavor -1, the palate -1 and the overall -2, but it's still a good, balanced and drinkable brew.
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty average amber ale. The bottle I tried was slightly watery. It had some decent malt work. Nice amber color. Flowery and fruity nose. But missing the wow appeal that the other raters found.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a surprising beer. For me it was the tremendous attention given to the malts. The caramel presence was huge and it was countered by a some hops and a fruity flavor. The combination of apples/caramel in foods is normally great, and it works as well in this beer. The hops are limited in the finish, a twist that works pretty well. Decent floral aroma and a pretty caramel-ish color. Pretty good.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m one of those guys that likes to have milestone brews. I choose this one for number 600 in honor of a fine day with PsychProf, and in honor of a brewer not afraid to challenge what can be a bland, banal American amber style. PyschProf, brownalegirl, and I stood around in the kitchen trying to guess the fruit of this one’s fruitiness, which tells you what its main distinguishing characteristic is. ’cranberries!’ she said and I follow her, cranberries sweetened with apple, perhaps. There is a toastiness to the malt, too, and some delicate handling of spicy hops that works very well. A top notch amber, to be sure.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 Outstanding. I've had some American Ambers that were dry-hopped out of any possibility of sensing other aroma components, but not this. Nice and floral, good hop bitterness right away and throughout, with the nicest sweet malty bits also along for the ride. Color (redder than expected) and appearance, including a nice medium compact head, are fantastic. Jayme98, thanks a million!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2000
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A top rate Amber Ale, good hop floral nose and bite, malts quite evident, great color and a decent head and lace.