JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pulled from the cooler. Dark pour, with a medium body and a bit of sediment. Moderate head, with some decent retention. Nose smells malty, a bit oily too. Mouthfeel was medium, perhaps a bit slick. But the taste is more fragrant and hoppy than feared. Decent enough.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a deep copper with a nice white head. Medicine aroma. Not much flavor until the finish which is like aspirin. A pretty beer, but not one I liked tasting.
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is like an amber ale dueling with an APA. The amber starts out ahead in the nose, but then the APA gets a foothold and hops start to take over. But amber prevails with a biscuity, caramel assault in the finish. Great beer to drink, my favorite from Natty Greene’s. First tried at mini-beerfest at Durham Art & Science Museum, Science of Beer event.
Arbiter685 (5) - USA - OCT 31, 2010 does not count
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This pours a little dark and you can smell the aroma before it gets to your mouth. This is a strong tasting beer that leaves alot of after taste (or after bite). Full bodied and bold by my opinion.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Walter. Thanks Walter!
Aroma: The nose is slightly sweet and leans more towards the malt. There is some biscuit, a touch of caramel, spicy hops, and a little light brown sugar.
Appearance: It pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a small, frothy, off-white head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing left behind.
Taste: The taste is actually on the dry and bitter side, quite a contrast from the nose. The malt is there, but mainly for body and a slight biscuit note. Those spicy hops are back and bring a touch of almost aspirin like bitterness.
Palate: To say this brew is dry is an understatement. It will suck all the moister right out of your mouth. Light to medium body with slightly softer than average carbonation leading to a dry, noble hop finish.
Overall: Not a bad amber ale. This one has a bit more character than your average amber and shares some characteristics with it’s lager cousins. Worth a try.
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma has bready malts and slight skunkiness. Flavor is bready with hint of brown ale style, but mostly watery and metallic in the finish. Disappointing.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap at natty. Pours a medium to deep amber copper with a thin head. Aroma is a bit solventy, toast, caramel biscuit and sharp crystal malts- light hops. Flavor is floral biscuit, toffee, sharp crystal orange zesty hops, solvent and a weak tannic astringent finish. Meh.
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is one of my standbys. Solid malt backbone supports a lightly bitter hop finish. Medium bodied, this brew pairs with most pub grub well. Aroma shows toffee and an earthy hop floral note. Pours a deep copper with a resilient off-white head. English style ale yeast seems to add the main character.
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Taylor. A pretty middle of the road amber. Easy drinking, but the flavor lacks any depth. Light hops and malt and some cardboard and metal too!! Not terrible, but I’d just assume have a pbr for half the price.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice amber pour with a medium sized yellow hued head. The aroma is dominated by sweet hops and caramel malts. The beer is much lighter then expected, and much higher carbonation than I like. The flavor is as expected from the aroma, but much more mild than expected too. This might be a great hot weather beer. But on a cool night is is OK.