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On a rainy fall day in 2009, my five-year-old daughter Zoe and I were wandering the streets of Bar Harbor and stumbled across the Whale Museum. Zoe loved it. Hopefully we do the same for you. Cheers! Our Happy, Hoppy, Amber-Ale


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
500mL bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a very dark yet cloudy copper color. Thereís about one fingers worth of off-white colored head, and itís beautifully textured. It retains itself acceptably, as well. S: Itís about what I expected from an amber, no more, no less. Which is disappointing, considered I expected this to be a big step up from the Fat Tires of the world. There is a strong caramel note from the malt backbone, along with lesser notes of toffee and earth. The hops here are primarily piny and serve to balance the malt. It is a decent aroma...but wow, I really expected this to be great. T: Malts hit the tongue immediately, with a ton of toffee and caramel. This backbone gradually fades to allow some of its hop flavor to shine: mostly pine, with just a hint of grapefruit and herbs. While the flavor profile is sadly average, it does seem to have a touch of depth - like suggestions of chocolate or brown sugar, for instance. M: The mouthfeel is what sets it apart from the gaggle of mediocre ambers out there. It is superbly clean and crisp, which that makes this one really drinkable. Carbonation is nice and zesty, too. The lingering sweetness on the palate is kept to a minimum. O: Disappointing, apart from the great mouthfeel. Itís definitely not a bad beer at all, though - and it grows on me the more I drink it. Still, this kind of money for a 500mL bottle of beer thatís only slightly above average kind of hurts. And I really hoped this would be nearly as fantastic as Nugget Nectar, too...


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1289) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2014
50cl bottle with a 72214 born on date from the new Craft Beer Store in Libertyville. Now I know how disappointing the Peeper date was. Pours a dark amber brown with an off-white head. Aroma has stone fruits, some grain, sweet dark fruits, and some toffee. Taste is of bittersweet fruits, tangy tangerine, rye and heavy resin, sitting on a solid malt base. Medium bodied with some alcohol. Finishes well blended between bitter and sweet and tangy and resinous. Very similar to an American Strong, yet without the punch to it that I prefer. Hoppy in its way, yes - especially for style - but not as hoppy as the type of "hoppy" amber I enjoy. 13.8

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (3997) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2014
This really is a superior amber ale, and pulls off its excellence without wandering into the pale ale category. Pours amber with great head and lacing. Nice, subtle hop mix with light citrus and pine comes together for a great, drinkable brew. If only they put this out in six-packs, itís the ultimate session ale. Light bitter finish. Touch of amber ale rust flavor. Tap at Churchkey.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (907) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 5, 2014
500 ml bottle purchased at Brothers Provisions whose beer buyer had brought a bunch of stuff back from the Chicago area, including this Maine beer ($12.00). Pours a brown-garnet-dark amber hue with two fingers of creamy beige foam. AROMA of sticky pine, grapefruit, some grassy hops, and sticky caramel malts. FLAVOR of earthy citric hops, spruce tips, black tea, sticky caramel malts, and hints of additional dark and stone fruits. Actually has quite a bit of hop bitterness considering that it is an "amber" ale, but still maintains a good balance with the big malt backbone. Moderate ABV is well concealed. Glad to try it...currently the #2 Amber Ale in the world according to RateBeer, after my beloved local Alesmith Evil Dead Red. (480, 905)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2205) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber body with a frothy, off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma of caramel, toasted grain, citrus. A hint of pine. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/sticky texture, lively carbonation. Taste of caramel and grapefruit. Lingering bitterness on the scale of IPAs in addition to pine and citrus tastes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG111 (114) - - AUG 29, 2014
Very dark red. Hoppy aroma. Hop forward flavor with a malty balance. Almost feels like an IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2072) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2014
16.9 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head . Aroma of caramel, pine, floral, bread and grain. Taste is malts, grain, and pine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
salvaticas (437) - - AUG 16, 2014
On tap at Maine Beer Company. Pours solid light mahogany. Very slightly malty on the nose. Strong, slightly smoky, amber flavor. Smooth finish. Good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalumeaux (57) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 Pours dark red smooth mouth feel not overly bitter but somewhat smokey tasting in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (774) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 14, 2014
500ml bottle pours murky brown red with a 2 finger head. Nose is bready fruit, malt, earthy pine. Taste is earthy malt fruit, multi grain, wheat, pine, herbal, grass. Finish is bitter earthy herbal grassy malt fruit and subtle dark wheat bready dirt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (600) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, amber/caramel with a two finger, khaki head that hangs onto the glass and lasts forever. Aroma has nice notes of pine, citrus, and caramel. Taste is balanced. Caramel, bread, pine, resin, citrus, and a touch of roast/chocolate at the end. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a soft carbonation and mouth feel. Overall a pretty beverage. Caramel, pine, citrus, resin, and a hint of roasted/ chocolate malt.


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