kseecs16 (1207) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Chef Paul’s in Lisle. Better than I expected. A nice subdued floral hop aroma. Pure amber color with a thin off-white head, nice lacing clings to the glass. Very balanced dry malty up front with a floral hoppy finish. A bit of a light effervescent feel and a mild lingering bitterness. A good session beer.
jaymobrown (1693) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap at Handlebar. Light amber color. Decent spicy malt nose with some mild bitterness. Sort of warming throughout but light. Good bitternes in the end. Good all around beer that suits well for a draught beer at a bar. Really good selection to drink as one beer for a duration of the evening.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not much aroma. I actually prefer the Bell’s Amber. Mild bitterness and a well balanced beer. Had this on tap at Clark Street. Lots of hype over the Kalamazoo beers, I hope the IPA turns out well.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap, i didn’t take notes but I just had this a few hours ago. poured golden with white head. i didn’t get much from the aroma but some grainy and perfumy notes. flavor was surprisingly bitter at first, sharp bitterness, a subdued perfumy and spicy hop profile. i haven’t had bells amber in a long time but this seemed a lot different than bells amber to me, i experienced more bitterness and less malty notes. i enjoyed this but i think bells amber is more balanced.
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was proud to be the first person to rate this beer, however, when my rating was combined with Bell’s Amber and then later determined they are in fact separate beers, Drnk_McDermott snuck in ahead of me. Draught at Brixie’s Tap in Brookfield, IL. Not much aroma, and hop aspect is pretty subdued. Smallish, hazy amber body with an off-white head. Nice lace. Smooth body with some hop in the palate. Good, but not spectacular. Warming and comforting. Different than Bell’s Amber; not as strong or as bold. I prefer the Bell’s Amber. Had the pleasure of sampling this alongside Drnk_McDermott, who showed up at Brixie’s shortly after I did. I look forward to the Kalamazoo IPA.
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brixie’s, with ElGaucho. I figure if Bell’s is trying to enter the market as a "new" (wink wink) brewer, they would start with a flagship for its new brand. This one has a light amber color that glows under a thin head. A very clean, malty "beer" smell. First thing I taste is a big caramel malt, followed by an assertive hop nose. More spicy than bitter, I’m thinking of the milder American hops here. Appropriate for sipping or gulping, a good basic beer.