brokensail (11534) - 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 (439) - 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 (3000) - 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 (6861) - 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 (1484) - 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
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good flavor and totally satisfying. Home brew flavor. Simple and straight forward. Solid beer and not disappointing at all. Not complex but real beer quality. it’s like grandmas custard. Simple and delicious.