BroSpud (1691) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large bottle. Not very impressive. Predominant taste is water with very slight malt and almost no hops. In other words a very bland amber with almost no character.
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark amber pour, nice frothy offwhite head. slight floral hop and some sweet malt notes. first impression, this is flat. Sugary malt with some tartness, mouthfeel is a bit watery. Bizarre sour finish. Overall an odd beer
beerimbiber (2) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2009 does not count
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nice frothy head that lasted awhile. Dark amber and hazy but according to the label, it is bottle conditioned - most likely yeast in suspension which is OK. Did not detect much on the hop side for aroma; faint malt notes. Upfront sweet taste that fades to a lasting bitterness. Medium bodied
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very cloudy! Orange amber color. Large bubble head initially, but there is a wonderful cascade of tiny effervescence that replaces it. Short lived, though. Light, spotty lace on the glass.
Yeasty and chewy smell. Dry-ish malt aroma. Low hop nose.
The flavor has a strong citrus bite to it. This reminds me of my best homebrews, although it is overly sour in the swallow. Light hop background. Very short aftertaste on the flavors except the tart bits. Good body with a subtle carbonation that prevents it from becoming too rich. Simply put, if you are curious about what a homebrew tastes like, this would be a good sample.
puboflyons (2143) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
FRom the 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration date checked off (there is a spot to do that). The pour is dark amber and much cloudier than I would expect. Not a lot of head. It looks like it was bottle fermented. I am struck at first by the floral hoppy aroma, which was a tad unexpected for an amber ale. The taste is a complex mixture of sweeter malts and a noted hoppy sensation.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a retaining white head and hazy gold color. Aroma is sweet light malt. Taste is sweet light malt, tart fruit, some perfumy.
PapaSkeetSkeet (808) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is fruity, a bit of yeast, bit funky sweet, way overripe banana. nice long white head. Refreshing attack of well balanced hops and darker malt. Fun.
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown with a small white head. Aroma is hugely diacetyl (buttery popcorn). Really can’t get anything else. Flavor is more diacetyl with peppery spices and some bitterness in the finish. Watery, weak palate. This is bad...drain pour...
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Aroma very unique, roses, mint, grapefruit, marshmallow, some sort of minty candy. Flavor starts quite sweet and malty but is joined by an herbal tartness and straight bitterness. A bit watery. This one was odd. So odd in fact that I clearly had a terribly difficult time describing what the hell I was tasting. Though nothing about it was too offensive, I can’t imagine this is the beer that was originally designed...
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber color. Yeasty nose with some citrus action - I get lemon.
Pretty smooth upfront, with an under layer of raisin flavor. Medium body that fades to a creamy finish.
I like this beer, and it’s definitely one of the better ones from McNeill’s.