WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught 11/21/06 at an aiport bar in san diego.
pours amber with a large white head. The scent is very lightly malty with a lingering hop afertaste refreshing but sharp.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Columbia Street brewery. Clear copper to red color with lasting off white head. Almost no aroma. Really tasty sweet malt flavor of caramel malts with some toffee notes. A bit of bitterness rounds out the flavor.
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at some restaurant on the beach in San Diego. Decent taste, nothing too exciting going on though.
HistoryGeek (17) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
2.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’m a native San Diegan and I seriously wanted to like this beer to honor my San Diego roots, however, it just didn’t have the flavor I expected from it.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Marie Calanders. Suprisingly tastey, with enough toasty malts and hops to make me prefer this over a Sam Adams in places with limited variety. Flavors of Smoked Malts, Barley toast, honey with medium hoppieness. Finishes a bit sweet with hints of fruits. A bit overdone with the carbonation.
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Aug 2006, Karl Strauss near South Coast Plaza, CA. Color was a nice red/amber. Picked up some nice fruity and caramel aromas. Taste was more malty than fruity for me. Still somewhat sweet. Overall it was the best beer I had there.
Ratman197 (13278) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear redish amber with a large diminishing amber head. Aromas of fruitiness, carmel, toffee and some light citrus motes. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of sweet malt, apple, toffee and just a hint of lemon with acrisp lingeringlightly bittersweet finish. One of the more enjoyable ambers I’ve sampled.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This had an average head.Color was a nice red-amber.Good biting dry aroma.This was a good tasting red,but it was more of an IPA to me.Not enough of the fruityness of a good red.It was tasty though
bigbish (684) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent amber. Slightly thick and sweet on the palate. Lots of malt character that is well balanced by the hops. I drink a lot of this at the airport every time I’m in town.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at brewpub, Carlsbad, CA: Color is more brown than red with a beige colored head that mostly diminishes. Aroma of cheap cologne. Flavor was soapy with a bit of soggy maltiness. Disappointing.