toml219 (228) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice amber. Nice balanced beer like the snow weizen form Kawaba I would not go out of my way to get it but would have it if I was having Japanese.
GoufCustom (908) - HONG KONG - AUG 8, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle bought at Sogo Fresh Mart in Causeway Bay.
Cloudy hazy amber colour with bits of yeast sediments; One-quarter finger head with soapy off-white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Good sticky lacing and notable near zero carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of ale malt, with strong caramel, plums, figs, light floral nectar, molasses, sugar, biscuits, yeast and light grass; Very light sweet taste of amber malt, with moderate roastyness, caramel, thick bread, dry biscuits, yeast, very light lemon and very low bitter grassy hops; Close to light body. Dry, crisp and thin palate; Mouth feel is very amber-malty dry crisp roastiness. Some faint molasses in solid caramel background. Bready and biscuit, low hops and not much fruity esters. Very straight forward and faultless. Okay… Hoppiness is light floral and faint grass in nose. Very light lemon and grass in taste. Bitterness is low-fi in background for a mostly roast malt-low astringent finish; Dry crisp after taste; Fairly easy to mouth.
Comments: This one is as straight forward and honest as James Squire Nine Tales Amber Ale, with more on maltyness, good sweet aroma and solid caramel taste. But it’s almost twice as expensive as the latter, and there’s nothing too memorable about it. So it’s solid and nice to try, but not top nor a go-to.
DedicatedToFun (3304) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, amber pour, white head, nose is fruity, taste is malty, not a very good amber ale.
shoulderbroken (2333) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Amber coloured with cream coloured fluffy head. Aroma is golden ale like, some fruitiness, lightly hoppy, slightly perfumey, malty. Taste is nice. Nothing shocking, light fruitiness, berries, light caramel maltiness, little bit of citrus in there. Pretty easy to drink.
Blairgus (2833) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
17 Feb 2013, bottle. orange, amber, faintly hazy, something from the bottom of the bottom looks like whisps of smoke floating in the beer. odd. nose is rich, sweet, raisins and malt. thin/med body and moderately fizzy. sweet, faintly meaty amber ale. decent.
dwyerpg (4687) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
To me, this had the look and smell of an English Strong ale. The flavor is nice, a bit grainy but some sweetness. Also some old paint. Good though.
powersport99 (1) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very Long finish, muscular and powerful, you can taste and smell the malt. A real Beer!
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mostly dry, also cheesy: a note of provolone. A note of caramel, a little citrus... Mmm, it is okay, but not my thing. Definitely will work better in a pairing, that is what I would rather do.
3fourths (8314) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hazed brick red with an off-white head.
mild dough and toasted caramel malt.
cedar / pine sap hops.
maraschino cherry accents.
moderately acidic and coarse.
soft carbonation with genuine presence.
semi-sweet red apple and cedar-tinged caramel malt.
fairly basic, though well-made.
fiveacestx (668) - Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Mushashi restaurant in Las Vegas - pours murky brown with an average head. Had a hop aroma and somewhat sweet hop taste.