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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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This beer was originally brewed for a famous Reggae festival that happens each year here in Humboldt County. A malty bitter American Amber style ale. This mahogany hued ale brings an intense spectrum of hop flavors from the spicy aromatic to lingering bitter, all underscored by a full- bodied caramel richness. Try this brew with a little Jamaican Jerked Chicken.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2012
Bottle. Poured a copper-mahogany color with a thick, fluffy off-white head that slowly faded to a thick layer and left some thick spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, a light spiciness, licorice, and a ripe fruitiness (apple, plum). Smooth, lightly sweet entry with a soft ripe fruitiness paired with a bready, nutty maltiness with some caramel that transitions into a moderately dry, leafy hoppiness that imparts a soft citrus fruitiness that lingers into the finish where it is paired with a plum sweetness. Moderate carbonation and medium mouth feel with a solid dryness. Overall, it was much better than I was expecting. The nice malty sweetness is offset well by the hoppy dryness, making it rather pleasurable to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2932) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2015
2 fen 2015, tap. Light Amber, clear, no bubbles. Nose is grassy hops and dry bread crust. Ned body and moderately fizzy. Acidic Amber malt and faint grassy hops. Some noticeable alcohol. Light bitter finish. Nice enough for an amber ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1042) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pours a deep amber color with an off white head. Caramel, toffee, toast, malt, hop and floral aroma and flavors. Medium body and carbonation with a caramel and floral finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1384) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Hazy reddish brown with a one-finger head and spotty lace. Aromas of biscuit, citrus with a floral hops and caramel. The taste is bready malt, sweet toffee, honey, orange and some hop bitterness on the back end. Light to medium body, modest carbonation, sticky mouthfeel and a sweetish finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loubar (137) - Los Gatos, California, USA - JAN 4, 2015
12 oz. bottle from BevMo. Small, frothy, off-white head with fair lacing and diminishing longevity. Aroma of light molasses and malt. As in the nose, caramel malts dominate the flavor profile, leaving everything else to play complimentary roles. Hops, with hints of fruity esters, hit on a light citrus note before giving way to a distant orange pith bitterness that keeps it from becoming cloyingly sweet. Rich and tasty, yet easy to drink. A good all purpose ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3311) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle-from the Beer of the Month club Pours deep amber hue with a small eggshell head with sparse lacing. Nose is very malty, lots of toasted, caramel, crystal malts here, maybe even some lite roasted malt. a hint of earthy hops there as well. Flavors are big huge malt up front-toasted, cracker, amber, caramel but big toasted malt flavor mostly-some decent earthy hops as well hwoever, this beer may have a tad bit of age on it. I think it had more hops when fresh. body is lush and slick with moderate carbonation. Long malty roasted toasty finish with lingering earthy/resinous hops. Decent amber here!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bowhun2r (2) - - DEC 25, 2014 does not count
It's a smooth Amber. No bite at all with a slight bit of bitterness. Way better than the mass produced ambers out there. Could have a bit more carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jrwhitney6 (346) - - DEC 21, 2014
Beer of month club. Pours a reddish brown with very little head. Faint nose of malt. Taste is malt, caramel, and a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Good red ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (3922) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle from Wine Emporium 101214. Murky red looking beer with a decent head that stays for a while. Caramel, toffee and malt overpower the nose. Very full and thick in the mouth. Faint trace of bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
atlrizzob (185) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2014
A very dark red hazy color. I passed this beer up many a time and it is actually very tasty. Hoppy and malty. Enjoyable thickness. A mad decent ale from Mad River.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salmoniform (1180) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Copper red hue with fizzy white head that settled to a ring. Aroma is caramel, straw, rye, citrus oil. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is slight sweet with a bitter following and a dry peppery finish. Overall this is an ok brew.

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