vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a nice amber color and a sweet malt smell. Taste is is sweet and finishes sticky. Overall once again I am not a amber ale guy so this is not for me.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
One word: sweet. This stuff is just too damn sweet. It's made with quality ingredients, but I really can't stomach more than one at a time.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Rerate 11-18-03
Bizarre rotten yeast/bubblegum taste, insipid finish. Either an old keg or I was on crack the last time I had this. It can't possibly be as bad as it seems now or as good as it seemed then. So it only goes down a couple of points.
Original rating 3.6It's a beautiful little beer. I can't stand when people dump on the raters who like it. It's not supposed to be huge and complex. It's supposed to be light and balanced, and it is. Like Mary Lou Retton, it does a little dance and a little bow. It flits away and you smile. Nice malt, hints of apples and berries and maybe just a tinge of pepper. Not too bitter. A pleasant session beer.
Verne (261) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cute little head but it died so young. Amber in color, very mild malty aroma and a very mild malty flavor. A good easy drinking mild beer. Its winner but nothing special
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2003 I had this on draught at New Belgium's brewery in Fort Collins, CO.
Appearance: The pour is a clear golden color with a white head
Flavor: It has a slightly sweet flavor with a very nice, malty backend. It's very easy to drink and would make a nice session beer
carboloader (639) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I've had draft and bottle. Draft is rated here. Small off-white head, mostly diminishes. Nice clear amber, some bubbles. Some lacing. Aroma of hops, pine, citrus. Cigarette-like aftertaste, but completely unoffensive. Quick finish. Well-balanced and easy to drink. Among macrobrew choices, this is a clear microbrew winner. But among other quality microbrews, it pales in comparison. It is nicely balanced and average in most ways. Still one of my stand-bys where on tap.
FtWorthBrew (105) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is about as mediocre as a beer can get. Nothing to it really. Light and nutty in flavor. just off the beaten path enough to be interesting but nothing for the brewer to be proud of.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tangerine in color light is taste. Malt front with a tiny bit hops hops in the finish. A decent brew.
jgb9348 (4296) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light amber in colour with a thin white head. Orange and yellow highlights show when held up to a light. Smells of sweet fruit: pineapple, apples and grapes are very noticeable. Medium-bodied, tasting mostly of malt with a bit of hops. The aftertaste is very mild, only a subtle sweetness. A pretty average amber, really nothing else special. Best before 10-September-2003 on the bottle. I bought this 22 ounce bottle from Total Beverage in Thornton (Denver), Colorado.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Topped by a thin quickly disappearing head. A pretty copper color. Smells nothing much more than beery, but in a good way that reminds me of a dried cracker aroma. Light sweet taste with a cracker-bread bite to it. This is a good example of a beer with biscuity cracker flavor in it. A slight hint of some off putting taste, but this fades quickly. No real hop presence to speak of. This is a fairly bland beer from a brewery that so much good beer has come from. Oh well at least it allows NBB to make other great beers. This I would rate as serviceable when nothing else is available.
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