Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. brown stubbie twist off bottle. I hate twist offs. Anyway, no freshness date whatsoever. And I looked closely. Poured out a murky, chill hazed orangish color, with a fast fading off white colored head. Aromas are of caramel malts, Centennial hops, brown sugar, and slight charcoal aroma as well. Tastes ok, but smells better. Tastes are of charcoal, caramel malts, slight yeast bite, and hops. Medium mouthfeel is nothing to write home about.
Finished slightly dry, and bitter.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
balanced aroma, light orange with a loose head, weak body with slight corny hoppiness and some sticky caramel maltiness, overall pretty weak
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color with light lacing. Lightly hopped and balanced amber. Nothing particular comes to mind. I didn't mean to buy this one actually, I meant to get the stout.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a decent head and nice lacing. Aroma is medium hops. Flavor is quite hoppy and fresh tasting. Good malt balance. Body is medium and almost creamy. Pretty good amber.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet smelling ale with very mild hints of hops and fruit. Nice red amber color with lots of carbonation. Flavor is very mild. Palate was not very complex but very refreshing. A easy drinking beer.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - NOV 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red amber color. Dry but nice hop aroma; lemony. Reasonable malty, nutty body; caramel; some sweetness. Bitter enough; caramel and hop finish (a bit simple).
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear amber with small head. Nice caramel malt aroma. Full bodied with a slightly sweet malt start with a surprising hop bitterness. Nice aftertaste. More hops than most Ambers. Seems like a APA (with a darker malt flavor) or an English bitter. Very nice beer. Some off flavors (bad melon) developed as it warmed. Drink it cold, drink it fast.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer is truly an enigma. It looks and smells beautiful. Rich amber color, fluffy head with lots of lacing, tiny bubbles lend itself to a nice creamy mouthfeel. The flavor, however, disappoints. A lot of caramel, yes. Decent hoppy malt combo, but then it just disappears, man. You're left with a slightly sour malt aftertaste wondering what just happened. Disappointing considering the Indica is so top shelf.
Waponi (3) - USA - OCT 31, 2003 does not count
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was a suprisingly good amber from a brewer who I hadn't tried before. There is a light frothy taste of the caramel and roasted hops that is present with every swig and makes for a great "mouth-feel". With all the flavor in the swig it's a little dissapointing that the aftertaste and aroma is so light, especially compared to some of the brewers other stock such as the Indica. A touch more body would be required to make this a favorite beer but it definitely ranks highly as a unique amber.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber color with a medium light tan head. Aroma is light and sweet (apricot). Flavor starts off honey sweet with a hint of apricot and finishes with a light hop bite. After taste is slightly dry with a hint of green apple.