shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade. The pour is surpirsingly dark for an amber ale. Deep dark red. Head reduces to a thin layer of creamy tight bubbles. Some lacing. Aroma is sweet with some indication that there is hops present as well. Flavor is initially sweet but I can quickly taste some light hops. Some fruity notes as well. It’s pretty much to style - caramel malts with just touch of hops to keep it from being overly sweet. Definitely quality if not overly interesting.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lightly hazy, very pretty red pour with bright orange hues. Slowly receding beige head, frothy, with thick lacing - staggered squiggles result in some of the heaviest lacework I’ve seen. The nose is complex and strange, hints of wheat preceding grapefruit, diacetyl, chemicals(plastic), amber malt(caramel), light toast, cereal grain, cashew nuttiness and orange toffee. A poor aroma, awkward in its skin and directionally challenged. The flavor confirms the diacetyl aroma. Otherwise, and for the better, plentiful hoppy bitterness of a medium and complex caliber, evenly and thoroughly toasted grains, mild to moderate sweetness, mild astringency, medium acidity and plenty of sticky and resiny oils. The mouthfeel is average though the beer is not very drinkable, not very smooth. Fizzy high carbonation, light-medium bodied, alternating watery texture and sticky, syrupy pockets. An over-domination of crystal malt is a disenchanting segue into a bland and bitter finish. Sub-par, eben though it’s very interesting and definitely memorable for its unique qualities.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy irishboy. Pours a slightly hazy maroon /red color with a massive, foamy, cloud-like light tan head. Some decent lacing left behind as well. Nothing spectacular in the aroma. Some musty malts, mild caramel, and spicy hope are all noticeable. A little vegetal. Big carbonation, the flavor is more on the malty side. The hops are more noticeable in the finish and in the aftertaste as some hop bitterness was evident. Not overly flavorful and seemingly unbalanced. Not a bad amber, but certainly flawed.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Irishboy - thanks! Dark reddish color, nearly mohogany. Aroma has some grainy, caramel essence to it with some light hop aroma. Flavor has a bit of citrus and piney hop to it, but its dominated by a caramel and grainy taste thats not bad, but suffers from being a bit too medicinal. Not bad - I’m liking what I see of Kern River thus far.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with Odeed (thanks!). Poured a deeper and slightly hazy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, and oranges. Tastes of sweet caramel, toasted malts, and light citrus. Definitely on the sweeter, maltier side.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from irishboy: pours a brown red colour with a very very large froathy light tab head. aroma is toffee malts, and soapy smell, no hops and some apple. flavour resembles the nose. toffe malts very small pine hops. but ends up bitter and soapy lots of bubbles. sorry richard but it seems like it is infected.
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 23, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy Odeed via trade. Poured a full clear copper color with the most humongo head I’ve ever seen from any non-fancy beer style ever, certainly among the ambers, irish ales, pale lagers, pale ales, etc.... I mean, this thing made a huge pfffssst upon opening after sitting entirely still in the fridge for weeks and after pouring gently into a standard shaker glass LITERALLY left about 1cm of beer at the bottom and a nearly FULL glass of carbonation, just like an improperly set-up keg might do. The bottle was clearly over-conditioned with too much sugar or something, as this thing was frustrating to work with. An amber ale, huh? Not in appearance. The aroma was rich caramel and toffee, a little bit of nuts, and some pine hops. The flavor was caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, resinous and citrus hops. A little bit of irish ale, altbier, and american amber throughout this guy, lots of flavors going on, fair amount of potential. Oddly there was some sort of a plastic or chemical (styrene is how I’d describe it) aftertaste, heck with some warming it even crept into the main flavors (and is the primary reason for the sag in flavor / overall ratings). Not sure if this brewery is in the early stages of bottling, but I reckon this is a much better experience on draft. Mouthfeel was foamy, huge head generation with each sip, like an alka-seltzer was in the mouth before swigging some 7-up or something. Thanks, Jacob, for the trade, hate to not rate this higher, but oh well, gotta be as objective as possible...
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
anber body with an off white head.lots of sweet caramel in the aroma.same goes for the flavor.mouthfeel was on the medium side and for an amber this is awsome.
IrishBoy (4103) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bakersifelds Brews in The Village Nose of caramel with some hoppiness added. Hazy cherry walnut color with a small brown head; flavor showed caramel malts and rosatiness with a nice hop finish!