rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date only an odd bottle number. (09217 VC74)
Appearance: The body has a bright or new coopery color with good clarity. Its head is bright white and of an average two finger size. The head has good retention and make for some cool sticky lace rings on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma is very bready and spicy (rye like) with a light citrus hop aroma.
Taste/Palate: There is a good medium body on which there are notes of bready and light caramel maltiness. The rye does add its own touch of spice as well. This is all backed up and balanced by a modest addition of citrus hops and bitterness. Its carbonation is active and gives the texture a nice drinkable and cleansing feel.
Notes: Thereís not much I can say, other than itís a good solid and quaffable beer from Anheuser Busch.
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown hue with an initially foamy yellow head. No strong carbonation is visible in this but a good looking amber beer. A sweet malted and caramel aroma. Its a honey like smell all around. While the arom is all malt and candy, the flavor has an initial jolt of burly bittering hops that gradually gives way to a dense malt taste. The palate is a perfect thick complement for this bold tasting beer. A well put togheter and tasty flavor from the boys at anheiser busch.
righlander (1) - USA - MAR 2, 2010 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber with a lot bigger head than i thought it would have. Smells pretty good, I can detect some hop citrus notes. I donít really smell any rye though but it smells like a mellow IPA. Taste is medium to light bodied with some decent hop bitter...pine, rye, toasty malt...but A bit more tamed down than your run of the mill IPA. Pretty good session beer. It could pass as a regular pale ale because itís not quite malty or hoppy enough to contend with most IPAís but none the less Itís pretty good.
NeoHippie2 (626) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy dark amber with a beige head. Caramel malts on the nose with some floral hops. Not as bitter as one might expect but definitely has the hop bite to it. I really enjoyed it. I know all the hop heads are whining about this one but I think its a decent brew and I would drink it again
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from a sampler. Pours a clear amber color with a moderate frothy head. Fair head retentiion and lacing. Aroma of caramel, peach and other fruit notes and a spicy rye finish. Taste is caramel and rye. Medium bodied. Pretty good beer.
Finhead (1031) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A clear, orangish-red pour with medium white head. It has a floral and pine hop aroma with some wheat notes. It has a medium body and a slick texture. The taste is lightly bitter with a semi-dry, bitter finish.
hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BottleÖ Sparkling clear copper ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. The muted aroma offers gentle notes of roastiness, toffee and caramel. Medium-bodied with tickling carbonation. The flavor is of buttery toffee, spicy grain and medium bitter hops. Crisp, lightly bitter finish that leaves a kiss of toffee on my tongue.
jb (1939) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found this to be a pretty tasty product, well made and balanced. Wonder how it would do in a blind taste test? Nose is a bit spicy, subdued and malty, as usual better as it warms. Palate is very decent. Creamy at 1st, then quite hoppy but enjoyable. Appearance is great, dark with reddish and orange highlights and a light tan head. Fine stuff!
presario (4417) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF Michelob press lunch. Moderate hop nose. Pretty hoppy for a micro. Nice interesting body and hop level.
Oscbert (938) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Fairly malty in scent. Sweet caramel, also rye grains and citrus and spicy hops.
~ Clear reddish amber color with small white head.
~Medium citrus hop flavor with some resinous notes. Well balanced with spicy rye and malts in background.
~Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, slight hop derived astringency. Some alcohol warming.
~AB has some of the most skilled brewers in the industry. When they are finally allowed to branch out and make some quality brews for the beer lovers, they just get bashed. I am all for the small craft brewers, but I am really happy to see that the big boys are stepping up to make some good brews.