StefanSD (2183) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a small off-white head that has fair retention. The aroma is sweet grains, caramel and a bit of bubble gum. The flavor is front-loaded with caramel followed by piney hops and a bit more bubble gum. The palate was just a bit thinner than I preferred and the carbonation was lively. Finished short and dry. Overall: Better than BMC, but that is scant praise.
SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Costco: Poured a dark amber hue with a delicate layer of frothy head. The aroma is sweet with syrupy caramel like malts but at the same time smells watered down. The flavor is somewhat toasty and has a minor taste of caramel and other assorted malts. I’m not a big fan of amber ales to begin with but this is just boring and nothing special.
illidurit (2168) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear light amber color with an ecru head and a little lace. Aroma is toasted wheat bread with some nuttiness and diacetyl. Flavor is not much different except for vague notes of caramel, iced tea, and metal. Thin and watery mouthfeel, drinkable but not very good. Not exactly a big surprise.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from the KIRKLAND Costco, thanks scrizz! Pours nearly clear dark amber with an off-white head. Lightly pine-tinged caramel aroma. Body and carbonation tending to light. A little brown sugar and some more pine in the taste. Barely bitter. All in all, a rather boring brew. Probably goes well with food.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a thin foamy off-white head. Notes of caramel, pine, woody. Medium bodied.
ROGUE (2120) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle (Costco sample pack). Poured a golden amber with a thick white head, which dissipated quickly. Aroma is caramel and roasted malts with floral hops. Taste is light sweet caramel malts at first followed by slight hops bitterness in the finish. Has a medium body with good carbonation.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Costco case box. Pours out a brownish color with a pale head on it it. Smell is pretty rich and malty, some caramel notes.. Taste is sweet and pretty fizzy. Lots of co2 in this one. Amber beers are not really my favorite thing, but I suppose this one does the trick. Probably one of the worst ones in the box of 4 different beers. Still, a no brainer at 16.99 a 24 pack.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown/Amber with an off white head. Aroma is fairly malty, lightly hoppy background, toasty, light caramel. Taste is lightly toasty, mild caramel with background hoppiness.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear deep amber color pour with a nice lasting and lacing head. Lots of roasted malt in the aroma, along with some light fruit and hops. Flavor is mostly malt, with a surprising amount of citrus hops on the finish. Not bad at all.
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a brownish amber with an off white head. Aroma is caramel and nuts.
Flavor is similar with some light toasty notes and a hint of bitterness.