shanereid (75) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Daught: A nice amber ale with decent malts. A nice drink - not too special, but certainly above average. A great "have a couple" beer.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer presents the nice rich smell of yeast as its aroma. It is a cloudy bronze color with a small off-white head. The taste is a smooth yeasty/ nutty one that lingers well and fades softly.
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on tap at Victoria Pub and Grill in Ventura, CA. Poured a very amber color with moderate head. Aroma was typical hoppy, but with a out of place tannic aroma reminiscent of a Pinot Noir which sort of turned me off to the beer. Thin carbonated feel on the tongue with malt and hops flavor that seem overwhelmed by the carbonation tingle. I did not order a second after sampling and felt that the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale tried after was superior.
harmless (20) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A friend brought me one from Denver and it had a bad odor and skunky taste. Decided to reserve judgement thinking it might have been old. He brought another and it was the same! I love a beer with flavor and hops, but this doesn’t cut it. I won’t be drinking any more of this.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 This has got to be one of the most over rated beers in the country. Every BMC drinker who comes back from Colorado s#*ts their pants over this beer. But Kudos to New Belgium for crafting a micro that BMC’s love and snobs tolerate. Pours light amber with a decent head. Light aroma is toasty with a faint trace of hops. Flavor is malty and nutty. Mouthfeel is watery and carbonated. Very light bitter finish that does not linger very long. Pretty average, but drinkable. It just needs a little more of everything to make it a good beer.
billism (44) - Missouri City, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a pretty good beer, though not my favorite amber ale. Pretty good for a mass production brewery. Could be a bit more flavorable for amber ale.
coolshmo (18) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - DEC 8, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
i bought in to the hype that some people think this is a good beer. i got a case of it, and couldn’t wait until it was gone. smells horrible, tastes like foot, too much carbonation. its almost bearable. but i’d rather not.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 Bottle shared at the First Annual Florida Ratebeer Gathering.
Pours dark amber color with nice almost beige head. Very malty beer, it taste like they actually toasted the malts first, you get a burnt aroma and also in the flavor, not sweet at all like any other amber ale. Different from any other beer I’ve had and wish I could get this all the time.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As with others, I passed this many times before trying one, it was the only good beer on tap. Nice malty and fresh baked bread aroma. Slightly sweet, very smooth. A nice surprise, a easy drinking brew.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wow, another one of those I can’t believe I have missed. On tap, some bad 4th St. and Mission St Sports bar near my hotel, San Francisco. Dark orange, very thin white head. Hardly any aroma, slight malt I guess. Crisp over carbonated mouthfeel. English hop and malt taste. Grain as well. Like a heavy harsh Creemore, I’ll keep in mind this place was hardly serving it properly (the SpeakeEasy I had there, which I usually like, was awful).