bytemesis (3977) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Pours quite hazy hazel, small beige head, decent lacing. Aroma is malty, nutty. Flavor is light sweet, very light bitter, malty, nutty, a bit smoky, lightly acidic. Medium body. Drinks like a so so Scottish.
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy amber pour with a white head. Watery aroma, grass, yeast, and lots of apple. Sort of a solvent aroma, some bread, toast, and lemon zest tartness. There’s a lot of lemon/sourness, grass, yeast, and apple skin. A bit of solvent character, bread, grass, and sort of an under-attenuated finish.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler thanks to larryLSB. One of the better ambers that I’ve had in awhile. Not a west coast red ala Hop Head or Red Rocket, but a nice woody-spicy hop aroma and flavor to counter a nutty, bread crust, and caramel-toffee malt profile. Lightly fruity with some raisin sweetness. Medium-light on the bitterness and pretty balanced in the finish with a definite nuttiness. Medium in body with smooth carbonation that the growler format probably helped out on. An amber that non-hopheads will like that still has an interesting hop profile and good balance.
larryLSB (451) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from growler, darker brown with reddish hue, medium light tan head.
Malty nose with a subtle roasted sweetness, Taste was mild, lightly sweet and bitter, medium bodied with a bit of an oily texture. Good carbonation with a somewhat bitter finish,.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on tap at the Jack’s in San Ramon. Some malt, some hops, good balance.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured medium amber brown, dark caramel malts, earthy hops, little nutty, little thin.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours attractive clear ruddy brown with a thin light tan head. Light caramel sweetness in the nose and flavor with a bit of earthiness from the subtle hop profile. Solid Amber, though not a favorite style.
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a light cream colored head. light cocoa and malt aroma. Light cocoa flavor with some nuttiness. Medium bodied. malt and light cocoa lingers. Some backing hops to balance.
italarican (1500) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft from a sampler at the San Ramon brewpub. A good looking pour of deep bright cranberry. Not much else going on. A little caramel malt in the nose and the flavor, but surprisingly little else. A tad watery.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Name: Grid Iron Amber Ale
Date: July 12, 2009
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: rich carael malt flavor, just a touch of sweetness is well balanced with plenty of earthyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20