papajohn (1249) - 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.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was very impressed with this amber. Most are not hoppy enough for my palate. This Amber was not going to fall under that catagory. Extremley well balanced beer with a strong mouth-feel. Well done lost coast.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice honey color wiith a small off-white head; pleasantly sweet with hints of fruit and honey and a nice bitterness in the finish - I agree with Gromit - very complex taste for this style
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full disclosure: I'm not a big Amber fan. This has enough hops to keep the style from being too sweet adn, imo, boring.
Pours a clear honey color with a large off-white creamy head that leaves a respectable lace down the glass.
Smells suprisingly hoppy.
Taste is very nice. All the malt to make this a fine Amber with a bit of Cascade hops to make it interesting. Fruit esters are present. This is quite complex for the style.
Mouthfeel is creamy and well-carbonated. Overall this scores well. I find most Ambers to be almost sickly sweet and this is far from that.
haddon90 (1466) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A light amber/copper color with no head at all. Aroma filled with malt and hops. But not much hops in the flavor. Kind of week, and not very impressive. I was expecting more since the 8-Ball is so good.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper-amber color with a velvety white head and delicate lacing. Strong aroma of toasted malts and warm, spicy hops. Nice and aggressive balance of cookie malt flavor and generous hops. Some noticeable alcohol taste. A tasty amber overall and not overly cloying like so many in the style.
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly dark amber/burnt orange hue with a standing foamy head. There's little aroma to draw you in, but the flavor is a pleasantly mellow malty brew. Slightly above average for an American amber.
BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber hue than pours to a large off-white creamy head and excellent lacing. Nose of toasted malts, apple, grapes, cotton candy, and wood. Sticky malty taste and feel initially with a slightly acidic/sour finish. Not much hops in this one. A very average brew, standard for this style. Malty and coy. Great looks is it's best quality.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy brownish amber with moderate off-white head. Aroma is lightly caramelly with cidery highlights. Flavor is quite light, balanced between the caramel malts and slightly spicy hop profile. Although balance is adequate, the flavors are muted, leaving one wanting for a bit more. Body is similarly on the light side. Very drinkable, and probably many who like a light-countenanced ale will like this; this was a little too tame all-around for my satisfaction.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with fairly large head.Light fruity aroma.A hint of hops in the taste but could have a little more. Dry finish.