KyotoLefty (6504) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Brewpub. Pretty copper color with lace. Nice citrus and caramel nose. Nicely malty flavor, good caramel and a bit of roast. Bitter hops, peppery finish. Quite bitter. Light citrus and grass. Good balance.
Newk (299) - - JUN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
had from tap and poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber color with a good foamy head.
Nice malt based aromas with some hop notes and grains. Not all that deep and singular, but it does do it well.
Good medium body, but lacking some depth. The feel is nice and smooth with notes of malts and some hops.
A pretty solid beer. It wasn’t the greatest in the world, but a very drinkable beer.
Reynolds314 (2334) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dry hopped on cask at Baileys Taproom. Pours muddy amber with low carb. Taste is very little hops with heavy maltyness. Caramel sweetness and a light lemon backbone.
laisx013 (12) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful inviting amber color on tap. Very smooth with a great balance of malt and hops. An easy to drink, great tasting beer.
MrFecesious (963) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sexy cap! Mountainous white creamy head on a strong amber base. Excellent spiced hop taste with grapefruit citrus tartness. Good.
Reid (1905) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Roth’s Keizer store. $4.99
Fine looking clear amber ale with a lovelly big fluffy creme coloured head.
Substantial hoppy aroma on this oneresiny and citric..caramel malts in the background.
Flavour is well balanced with a thick ,toffee,fudgey malt being over run by a red grapefruit,floral hoppyness.
Very good mouthfeel..round and full yet easy.
Overall and excellent and drinkable amber.
BK7 (734) - Turner, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. A nice and hoppy Amber Ale. Sweet caramel base mixed with some citrus. Light bitter finish. Very smooth.
nickd717 (3509) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Clear reddish in color with a small off-white head. Resinous hop aroma with big burnt caramel aroma with some earthy notes. Roasty caramel flavors with average resinous hops, well balanced. Medium body with medium-soft carbonation. Nice and drinkable. This beer is certainly near the top of its style. Would revisit if I weren’t a ticker.
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A copper amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, light caramel malt. Inmouth, a nutty malt withburned caramel notes, oily mouthfeel, very roasty, not bad. On tap at PDX Concourse E location, July 31 2011.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great clarity, colour intensity and head retention on this one, as well as concentric rings of lacing. The aroma is fresh, floral hops, butterscotch, doughy malts, and straightforward light maltiness. An earthier hop presence shines in the flavour along with nutty malt impressions (Munich malt, perhaps), a whisper of cocoa and a hint of old coffee. Straightforward beer style done right. Full-bodied for the style with gentle yet, tingly carbonation and a medium/long palate duration. This is proof that an organic ale can stand up to the rest of ’em. As this is a year-round beer, I must imagine that being organic, the spec on the malts will have slightly more variation in their specs, which might in turn mean the recipe must be tweaked with each brew to compensate, making it a bitch to brew (or not). I give Laurelwood tons of credit for helping lift doubts about beers produced from organic malts. I doubt the hops are organic, but if they are, even more kudos. Goes great with simple pub food and a go to session beer for me when living the dream of the 90’s in Portlandia. This was my favorite amber and still may be. Rate to style, haters!