hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle.Small semi-fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished, fair amount of lacing, transparent, fizzy, lively, fast rising carbonation, and a golden orange hue. The aroma was sweet, caramel, malt, fruity, and mildly hoppy. The flavor was sweet, lightly bitter, malt, fruity, and caramel. Tingly mouthfeel and medium bodied. Quaffable, easy to drink, nice balance, Decent brew, but nothing IMO to get overly excited about.
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Small off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some earthy, light brown. Taste is medium sweet, lemon, some grassy, light grain. Light-medium body.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of kmweaver. Light amber body with a small beige head. The flavor is doughy, cracker and citrus hops. The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter with citrus, floral hops, light cotton candy and honey, pale malts. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation. Solid.
3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy, murky, muddy glowing orange color with a small white head. Nose of semi-musty crystal malt, some cracked grains, some wet bread, a bit of orange-scented fruity hops as well. Full, chewy body, nicely done, some orange and caramel malt flavors, a bit of banana as well, even some lemon and apple flavored hops when warmer. Overall very fresh and easy to like.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of a couple trades. Thanks, guys! Pours a bright, candy-orange color; off-white head with patchy fine-bubbled lacing. Oranges, candy sugar, and some earthy bitterness in the aroma; pleasantly hopped, chewy nose. Medium mouthfeel: chewy candy sugar, oranges, and dried fruit; coupled to a solid earthy bitterness; pretty tasty stuff, and (from what I recall) quite a bit better than the regular Bell’s Amber; sessionable stuff. Medium finish: toasty grains, earthy bitterness, some husks; pretty dry ending.
naivepegasus (337) - USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head. Odor of caramel and sweet malts. Frothy mouthfeel, taste starts with some caramel and ends with a hoppy bitterness. Very good.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Kuma’s. This was kind of a nicer version of the Bells Amber. Lost of fruity/spicey green hop notes on a nice amber colored body. Taste has a touch of crystal malt to compliment the hops. Very well balanced and even-kieled. Tasty.
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle courtesy of Headbanger). Aroma is a mild sour malt scent. Color is a hazy orange amber with good carbonation and a thin but tight head. Taste is malty and bitter. Starting with a medium body it goes down crisp. Finish comes in with a faintly sweet malt flavor that has a little roasted like taste to it, then a nice bitterness. After taste has the malt flavors lingering as the bitterness builds. This is a very tasty Amber Ale.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at CSAH. clear brown. muted slightly hopped aroma. pretty balanced, strong malt base. actually a bit too sweet.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours medium to dark amber with a fragrant nose. Rich and sweet breadiness and malt. The flavor is not as impressive. More subtle and subdued.