brokephibroke (229) - Mead, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at San Diego Airport. malty, cold and all right - not really hoppy, but smooth and non-offensive.
Dogbrick (6178) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the Sorrento Valley location. This brew pours a clear pale copper color with a thin white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Sweet malt and caramel in the nose, with a touch of hops. Medium-bodied and sweet with toasted malt and caramel flavors, plus a bit of floral hops. The finish is sweet with a lingering malty aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.
Hophead22 (2814) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Nice amber color "duh". Quickly dissipating white head. Not a whole lot of flavor, but very drinkable. ok
BOLTZ7555 (2424) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This brew’s appearance is undoubtedly it’s most redeeming quality. Lives up to the title of being an "amber" but lacks the caramel, toffee, malt backbone most in the category have. Just a watered-down excuse for a beer.
RunDWP (203) - San Jose, California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2008 On tap in a plastic cup in a busy San Diego Airport bar. Not a great place to enjoy a good brew, and I detected some off notes that might have been due to the plastic cup, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. Nice burnt orange color with medium white head, with some lacing on my "glass". Lot of carmel flavor in this lager with a little hops and malt notes. A little unusual tasting for a lager, interesting, good not great beer.
Re-rate August 11st. Sample on tap at the brew pub was much better than at the airport. Duh! Lovely rich caramel flavor, nice balance. Upped it 0.2 points.
Oscbert (896) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
~Pours a light copper color
~Honey malt and biscuity scent. Strong honey scent.
~Light honey and malty taste. A bit watered down.
~This is enjoyable, but not much to it.
tangentrider (144) - USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
small light amber head; sweet malt aroma with a very slight bit of hop; sweet caramel taste, reminiscent of berry (?); quite fizzy; the finish is sweet with almost no hop.
DubC5000 (302) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely caramelly and honey sweet. Comes up short on the hop end, with next to no bitterness. Some malt present, but the brew is somewhat lacking in depth; could’ve been less sweet and more full-bodied.
JorisPPattyn (7363) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught Medium, quite white head over pale amber beer with metallic shine. Cookies, ambrée malts, very lager-like indeed Toast, cornflakes, orange - this is a true breakfast beer. Speculoos malts. Light body, quite some slickness. Very ordinary Vienna, but drinkable.
brianprentiss (658) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty strong offering for a lager, sort of on the thin side. Very spicy and piney with strong roasted malts. On tap at Karl Strauss.