SDalkoholic (2359) - 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.
trapped (2337) - New York, TURKEY - SEP 14, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Light amber color with very small off-white head, caramel aroma, fizzy, very little hops taste, almost tasteless. Finishes abruptly with no palate at all. I am guessing that this could be a perfect blind tasting specimen, no one could find out what it was!
rubbishystuff (2337) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nothing overly wrong with this beer just not very exciting. Darkish amber, slight minerally taste and smell. Slightly thin. Mild flavor. Serving: Bottle
VertBaconStrips (2326) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - SEP 2, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
fossil review dying on my notes on the phone. Pretty sure Brad brought these. Or not. Very malty, dull bitterness, medium caramel, for whatever reason it’s a disappoint beer to follow up a St. B ABT12 on tap. Average boring beer with no issues. Smells: see above. I’m hot and forgot to get to it. Realistically none of this matters cuz it’s a Costco beer.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Caramelly malts on the nose mild hints of spicy hops. Pours a clear amber. Caramelly malts, hints of toffee, bready, drinkable.
markas101 (2308) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle, Calgary, AB, Canada. Light mahogany colour. Metallic soapy aroma. Sweet caramel flavour, herbal hops with a slight breadiness. Finishes with a mint hoppiness.
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle into shaker. Peppery, caramel malt aroma. Pours copper amber with little head and just decent lacework. Taste is sweet, finishes bitter. Medium carbonation. I wanted to compare this with Kirkland’s German Lager because that beer tasted just like an amber ale to me. I was right. These two beers taste extremely similar with just a few subtle differences. Very mediocre.
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, 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.
arkurzynski (2275) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper-amber in color. Sweet caramel malts and fruitiness. Borderline juice. Taste is bland and dry. Plenty of carbonation and average palate.
Darkmagus82 (2273) - - SEP 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-4-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a small white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is rather light overall with some light breadiness, caramel sweetness, and a tiny amount of nut.
Taste – The taste begins a little on the sweeter caramel side with a nice bready backbone. As the flavor advances more some of the sweeter flavors fade as a light nutty and toasted malt flavor comes to the end. At the finish of the taste, the sweetness comes back with a light citrus hop joining the rest to leave a lightly sweetened and moderately roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was average in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that was rather average. Both are appropriate for the style. But nothing too extraordinary.
Overall – Not too complex in flavors, but it is a fairly easy drinking and slightly sweeter brew. For ~ 80 cents per bottle it is well worth it.