brokensail (9106) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Richardís tasting. Copper pour with a khaki head. Nose is sweet caramel and toffee. Sort of a rye aroma to it. Herb and pine hop notes, grass, and a touch of citrus. Flavor is quite sweet. Spicy and herbal. Some pine and citrus as well. Bitter finish to balance out the caramel and toffee.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle served in a Deschutes snifter. Bottled 4/9/2013, enjoyed on 5/23/2013.
A: Pours a ruby red color with a sandy colored head forming on the pour. Stays thick and heavy throughout and slowly recedes down the glass leaving behind sticky trails of lace.
S: Hoppy upfront with some notes of pine and dried grass. The malt backbone is pretty sweet in a caramel-esque way with a touch of roast as well.
T: Piney bitterness with some sweet caramel malts. Some grapefruit rind is in there as well with a mild grassy hop flavor.
M: Medium to light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Smooth and slick finish.
O: A more hop-forward amber ale. Iím usually more of a malt forward amber guy, but this was still very nice.
Serving type: bottle
NikkTwist (1232) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Moriartys. Shockingly dark for an "amber ale". Poured a very dark clear orange copper with a large big-bubble head. Very dry. Unusual concoction. Slim aroma but nice rich flavors. Burnt toast. Wood tannins. Charred dark greens. Artichokes. Molasses. Figs. Medium body. Quite complex for the style. Unusual, interesting and fantastic!
Huhzubendah (2157) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Rustico in Alexandria.
The beer is reddish copper with a lasting tan head. The aroma offers hops, pine, caramel malt. Lightly sweet. Bread, biscuits, and malty body with a stinging bitter finish. Pine lingers in the back. Alcohol presence is fairly noticeable. Overall, I thought this was mediocre and undeserving of the high ratings it receives. The exorbitant expense of the beer (at various locations in the DC metro area) had kept me from purchasing it. Itís an amber ale after all. I donít comprehend the price for such a beer. So I finally gave in and tried it. Disappointing.
theisti (3000) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9 oz bottle purchased at Pinocchioís Beer Garden in Media, Pennsylvania. 072313 31 stamped on the label. The pour is a slightly hazed brown copper with a well formed one inch light khaki head. The aroma is fresh pine, herbal and grass hops, along with a bright fresh cracker malt. Bit of citrus, bit of roast. The taste is the roast, the cracker malt, then moves to the grassy element of the hops. Very dry finish. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, and the bone dry grass and malt finish. Nice stuff.
Tstamba (135) - Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster at the brewery. Amber- brown with big white head. Strong citrus and pine aroma. Surprising roasted nut and smoky flavor. Great balance. This is a winner...
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
SamP01 (475) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark caramel amber hue with a large cream colored long lasting creamy head. Very good heíd retention and lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste is of floral pine hops, some citrus notes and good amount of caramel malt sweetness. Palate is medium body, nice crisp and refreshing mouth feel, nicely balanced sweetness and hops, good carbonation. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, some toffee flavors followed by some good floral pine hops and citrus notes for balance. Has a good caramel malt background and a lingering caramel toffee flavor. Overall an excellent, smooth refreshing and tasty amber ale
williamstome (640) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour, large foamy tan head.
Amazing caramel, toffee and sweet grass hop aroma.
Rich smokey malty flavor with bitter hop bite, alas, I waited about a month too long to drink it, and I think it went a hair south. But as Iím a month over the drink by date I wonít hold that against the beer.
eaglefan538 (2801) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep dark brown color, totally not expecting that, and since Iím working through a wonderful sixtel of Wookey Jack right here at home, I donít reckon Maine Beer Co. really wanted this challenge. Head was moderately sized and the lacing ok. The aroma was rich citrus and grass and roasty faint chocolate and caramel. Flavor followed, more fruity than chocolate-like though, herbacious notes in there too, and the citrus not as strong as in the nose, some resinous/pine character shining through. More balanced than the black IPA I behold right now, but of course it should be. Body moderate to full. Not a bad job, one of the darker/blacker hoppy ambers Iíve had.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty brown pour hints of red off white head thick lacing. Well good citrus and grass has good aromalight orange peel. Well coated lightly sticky palate. Slightly sweet taste finishes a dry grassy bitter. Fair amount of grape fruit and a touch of strawberries. Very nice