Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 A darker amber ale with a bit too many fruity flavors coming through. This finish was lingering yet dissatisfying
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is worth driving to Seattle for, I don't care where you call home, but you must try this beer. Thick and smooth, but crisp. I could actually distinguish both kinds of hops present. Amazing beer. A+
PorterPounder (5935) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Safeco Field watching the Mariners play. Has a delectable murky brown appearance with a thick creamy head. Has a faint malty aroma. Flavor - tangy, hard to place - very original. Has a bit of a smoked feel to it. Good thick mouthfeel - stays strong to the finish at the bottom of the large plastic stadium cup.
KevinV (1) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2003 does not count
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Slightly roasty aroma, some fruitiness. Amber and hazy. Definite roasted flavor. Also soapy flavors and some DMS in the aftertaste. Average body.
I had to try this again because of all the hype in the Seattle area about this beer. I thought the same the second time around. This is not a good beer. The hazy character immediately detracts from it. The roasty character is good, but there is nothing else to it. My sample also had some soapy and sulfery overtones which were not pleasant. I could barely finish a 12oz glass. I can see how this could be considered a unique tasting beer which may be where the cult following has come from but there are so many other beers here in the PNW that are 10 times better. Come to your senses people and move on.
legion242 (2313) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW- I remember the days when this was one of the most sought after beers on RateBeer. I finally got my shot at it and I loved it- had a pint at the POrtland airport after landing form Dallas and at that moment it was the best beer I had ever tasted. But I digress. After thinking about it, I was able to step back and be more realistic. Cloudy brown leather colored. Head was drafty. And the nose was fantastic. Grapefruit hints lying with all that yummy, yummy malt. Excellent brew.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is one of the best beers that I have had in a very long time. I had the pleasure of drinking this on tap, great carbonation, with lots of hops and great matly aftertaste to balance out. This beer had everything that I was loking for and more. A beer you can drink anytime for any occassion.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of floral hops with a yeasty finish. Poured from tap a dark amber color with proper head. Flavor was of a little citrus and a good amount of floral hops to match the smoked malty background. I prefer my ambers to have a noticable amount of hops in them and this one did the right job.
fgfats (10) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Ambers are not usually my first choice in beer, but this one is. If it is on tap it is in my glass. Very nice head and is very smooth with an amazing taste.
boto (1921) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught: I was expecting something more like a traditional Amber. I was very suprised. This was a very good beer. It pours a Hazy amber color. A little head to it. More hops in the nose than I expected. Full malty taste, with a lot more hops than I expected. Definitely, not over the top, however. Very good, I'll have another!
Suttree (5376) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Hey" I ask my Seattle resident host "what about that African Amber? Any good?"
"No. Its a Yuppie Cult Beer. Too Much Hype"
Well, granted, I had drank quite a few IPA so I noticed anything different, but I was pleasently surprised. Orange to brown, hop nose and initial flavor, but the are pronounced notes of blueberry and licorace, with a creamy malt presence as well. It finishes a little more dry, and clean - very little after taste.