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 (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 (1536) - 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 (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 (6346) - 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.