ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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...
bluejacket74 (1676) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, stamp on label says bottled on 121515. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/amber color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like toasted malt, dark fruit (raisins), pine hops, citrusy hops and some bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but thereís also some chocolate and woody earthiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís smooth, creamy, easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good amber ale, Iíd buy this again in the future. $6.99 a bottle.
edwardbass (723) - Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A beer buddy shared this, and I didnít check the bottle for a date, but it seems old. High carbonation. Light hops and strong malt aroma. Taste is roasted grain, phenolic / citrus hops, very dry with very little sweetness. Palate feels very lightweight - like something is missing. Not terrible, but not good either.
madelfonatree (298) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 12/15/2015 and enjoyed 1/3/2016 in a snifter.
Look - Dark red, almost brown. Darker tan head than others. Medium bubbles settle to a ring. Lacing.
Smell - Bread. Caramel. Malt. Pine. Peach. Citrus.
Taste - Pine. Caramel malt. Light citrus.
Feel - Bitter rips tongue. Light alcohol. Carbonation is high.
Overall - This is a style than many do well. This isnít the best or the worst. Light citrus/peach aroma is unique in something I havenít had before.
mambossa (213) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Distro just hit Ohio. Obviously no Lunch or anything, but still some awesome offerings. Perfect amber pour with two finger off-white head. Nose of initial sweet toasted malt, floral and juicy lemony hops. Tate of gently toasted, rounded malt on the bottom end....flowery hoppiness, rindy linger. Very clean for an amber. Cleanliness seems to be a theme with this brewery. I can get with that.
JK (5410) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Thomas for sharing this. i am drinking it in the dark at Darkness day. Fairly heavy hop aroma and flavor, on the line between an amber ale or a red ipa. Hops are strong, well carbonated, good looking beer to the extent i can see it, it does have a nice lacing head. One of the best amber ales I have had the chance to try.
peterschreurs (113) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful beer. One of those beers I wish I would have bought more of. Well balanced ale.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dhatton (241) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours clear auburn with a full inch of light brown head that leaves substantial lacing. Hoppy aroma of tropical fruit, peach, fresh grass, and clover. Malts and floral scents come through as it warms. Juicy fruit taste, bitter grapefruit rind, some herbals, lemongrass, and an earthy maltiness. Nice stinging bitter finish. Well crafted, very enjoyable.
AndresTM (420) - Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2015 Fruity, colorful hops define the aromatics: light apricot and green mango, pineapple jam, and powdery floral notes are put together by a touch of toffee and honey wheat bread in the background. Spicy pepper and mild pine add a slight kick to it. The mouthfeel is firm, with a medium-to-light body and adequate carbonation. The taste is hoppy bitter, with implied malty sweetness. Peppery, piney flavors give way to mango peel and grapefruit as the beer goes down, for a green, dry, slightly earthy aftertaste. Excellent as a beer on the whole, intricately hopped and very engaging -- if not whatís on my mind when I think amber ale.
tfontana (366) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg pour at NH Brewfest. Appearance is amber reddish, no sparkle, little head with decent lacing. Aroma is dominant hops--pine, grass with a bit of hay, some corn. Taste is dominant bitter--resin, pine. Palate is light-to-medium with average to lively carbonation and bitter finish. Overall, fans of pale ale on the bitter side will enjoy this. Decent complexity but too far to the bitter side for me.
ilovedarkbeer (2573) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brownish amber color with a puffy off white head. Notes of toasted grains, orange citrus, brown sugar, and fresh air.