BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours with a clear red-amber body and a small, quickly fading, light beige head. The aroma is subtle, but does show floral, earthy, and spicy hops with a hint of residual sugary sweetness. Taste initally has an interesting sweetness, like eating red clover. Quickly afterwards, the hops take over for a bit, establishing earthy, floral, spicy hops. Some chewy caramel and bready malt show up towards the middle, then the hops take back over in the finish with bitter floral grass notes that linger on the tongue. Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, a nice thirst-quenching amber ale that does showcase some quality hops.
thelandstander (45) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 Poured a beautiful reddish-brown with a small amount of head. Good mouth feel. Strong hops flavor. Unfortunately itís too bitter for my taste. A beer that looks this good shouldnít be so average.
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Beer of the month. For any amber this was pretty good. Had a little hope bite over the malt flavor.
dwyerpg (5550) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very nice amber. Nutty w/caramel - somewhat reminiscent of Anchor steam but with more hops. They didnít overload the malt, which is probably why I like this so much.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel color, tan thin head, light lacing. Nose of sweet candi and bright fruity hops. Strawberry and caramel grains. Rich and malty but something is missing here.
Reid (2302) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured from a 12 oz brown bottle.
Good looking amber/red coloured ale, small light tan head, retains good lace throughout .
It has quite a malty aroma caramel like malts,though the hops are very apparent in the background.
Taste? well it starts with a very pleasant sweet honeyish maltiness, which after the initial sip gets rather "toasty and less sweet, the hops appear near the end and lend to a pleasant long lasting aftertaste.
Quite good on the tongue above average "fullness" for the style and smooth.
I found this ale very drinkable, would indeed make a nice session ale.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a white head. Smells of cookie dough. Tastes peppery with some rosey notes. Sweet, watery finish. More balanced than most ambers Iíve had.
fordest (2421) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper Clear with a decent head that left decent lacing. Malty aromas, and some spice added to the flavor. Hoppy citrus, and an aftertaste with a very nice bite.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle - as a bonus beer from Firemoose15 - Thanks Mel - Pours copper with a small offwhite head. Nose of caramel malts and honey along with a touch of grapefruit hops. Flavor is quite floral with a nice honey sweet malt background. Nice hoppy slightly bitter finish. On the palate this is medium bodied and crisp and clean on the finish. A dandy amber ale... Iím not usually too into this style but this one is very drinkable!
bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oh, how I do love a red ale! And this one doesnít dissapoint. The nose is very comforting..... plumbs, honey and spice. Pours dark amber into glass with a decent head and thin spiderweb lace. Notes of syrupy fruit and caramel in the mid-palate with a nice floral hop back. After sitting 10 minutes or so, this brew (as most reds) really begins to open up. Great session beer, and one thatís very comforting to have all year round. Kudos!