dmac (3757) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bomber from Canalís Hainesport. Once again some of the worst beer in a bottle Iíve ever had. Poured a nasty ugly brown/orange body with a rocky off white head. Aroma is bland with some notes of caramel malt and well thatís it. Medium to thin body with strong carbonation and no aftertaste. Flavor of wet caramel malt. Blah this is like a bad homebrewed amber, and sadly all the homebrewers I know make beers world better than this.
keepersj12 (2563) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy orange with a fluffy head. The aroma has some fruit, bread, a hint of caramel. The flavor has the above with a nice hop balance that gives it a dry bitter finish. Looking forward to trying some more from this brewery.
Capa (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - MAY 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full of plesant fruits and caramel malts. Has a toasty, near roasted, malt profile that adds meters of depth. Solid and easy to gulp (if that is your thing). The raisins kick in as it continues to warm. Very tasty.
bhops (427) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pour is hazy amber, medium head. Aroma is yeasty, citrus. Flavor is caramel, bready, citrus. Decent beer!
johnnnniee (2044) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice surprise today at the store 3 new bombers to try.
Pours a cloudy, murky orange, amber color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus hops and fruity yeast that has an almost Belgian flair to it. Caramel malt in there as well. Taste is caramel and citrus, lots of esters from the yeast and even some phenolics. Are we sure this isnít a Belgian inspired brew? Medium body, ample carbonation, watery/syrupy mouthfeel. Not a bad brew but not what I was expecting.
Slipstream (1932) - USA - MAR 12, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
While Iím not a big fan of ambers, I still rate them, and McNeillís Ruby Amber is one of the best Iíve had. Unfortunately, I did not feel the same way about this. Things start off well - the cool label has a photo of a small town firehouse from 1908, and it pours out with a 2-alarm puffy head. The yeasty-funky aroma was less than delightful. The flavor leans yeasty as well, and is lacking in other, more drinkable elements. Things do change as it warms. The aroma gets more pleasant and floral, and there were some noticeable German hops in with the yeasty bread flavor. Not too bad.
blipp (5680) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours orange with a bug fluffy off white head. Sweet crystal malty aroma with some floral hoppy notes. Tastes much the same, crystal malt base, toffee, and floral hops. Decent. Not infected like some of the other McNeillís beers Iíve had.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber. Long, foamy head. Aroma: Caramel, bread, floral hops. Flavor: Piney hops, caramel malt, spices. Bitter hop finish.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a hazed golden orange with a medium sized beige head. Papaya, pineapple, and nice citrus hops on the nose. Very nice hop aromas here. Sticky malts, a bit thin, earthiness as well. A bit empty overall, especially after the great aromas. Caramel and toast, lightly bitter on the finish.
mansquito (3114) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop Devil Grill 16oz ($3.25): Pours a clear amber with a long-lasting creamy head. Aroma is mostly of caramel malts and maybe some bubblegum or butterscotch. Essentially, this is a good amber ale and it is a good amber ale without overhopping it (Troegs, Green Flash). It manages to take the amber ale lameness and create a very smooth and very drinkable beer that is actually interesting and not just lame like most beers of this style. Sure there are hops and bitterness in this beer, but they donít make the beer. It is rather the balance with the butterscotch flavors and malts that make this an example of what the amber ale could be, but seldom is.