Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber color with a medium thick head. sweet citrusy aroma with very slight hoppiness. sweet flavor with hoppy dry finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lightly cloudy deep amber color, the head is frothy, large, long lasting, beige, the lace in nice sheets to coat the glass. Nose is floral, malt, citrusy, clean and fresh. Front is sweet, the top light, lightly acidic and dry finish, well hopped and a decent drinking beer. Ranks #429 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was less impressed with this than with their bitter. As everyone else has mentioned, the yeastly quality does seem to stick out. For me, I just didn’t feel that there were enough hops in the drink. Mine finished fairly malty and dark. Good body however. This brew is ok, but nothing to make it stand out in the sea of amber ales.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 22 OZ bottle: Pours dark orange with a huge head, that breaks down from within leaving only a shell of foam. Be more careful than I was. Wonderful fresh aroma of hops. The taste is much more balanced than the aroma would suggest. Very nice malt backbone. The 'American Amber Ale' style type is a little baffling (or maybe I've only had bad examples). I only wish there was less foam.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity, yeast aroma, hazy apricot colour, big vanilla head. Tastes and feels like a Belgian ale, seemed a bit flat, when it was opened a lot of the carbonation fizzed off. Very good, Thanks Volgon.
canary dog (683) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The specimen I had was flat. Is it possible it was appropriate to the style: an authentic British bitter, no?
Basically no head. The flavor was well-rounded, but the finish had that slick, buttery, sweet mouthfeel that seems to linger too long. Is is diacetyl? Overall, an OK beer, but nothing I am too thrilled about trying again.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Interestingly yeasty. Fruity aroma. Nice floral flavour with a good bitter finish.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love this brewery, and I also love this beer. It’s very well balanced, the aroma is hoppy, floral. The nice palate is outstading.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice hop aroma. Good hop flavor balanced by a slight maltiness. A great beer from a great brewery.
muzzlehatch (4422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2001
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 Slightly cloudy, red-orange, large creamy stable head. Completely opaque when you pour the end of the very yeasty liquid in. Powerful, complex floral, grapefruity, caramel-malty nose with hints of apricot is the best thing here; flavor initially creamy, fruity, but soon overcome by an intense hoppiness, "Englishy" and butterscotchy with hard moutpuckering lemon rind at the finish; somewhat too thin at the end also. Not McNeills best but quite drinkable for hopheads.