marcus (7470) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This amber ale poured with a very small head. There was a medium-bodied flavor that was quite malty and somewhat hoppy. It was worth drinking, but not outstanding.
SudsMcDuff (6778) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 Had again last weekend, the taste is quite delicious, better than i remember! I love this beer!
The rich smell is what i noticed first, then the pour. Nice and dark but still quite ruby-tan almost. Good taste and good after taste, quite an enjoyable brew, and the price, not bad at all for 2 bucks a big bottle!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 9/15/05: Bottle. Amber in color with an average fine white head. Aroma is grainy with a hint of grass. Flavor is sweet and cereal like with a light hop bite. Palate is thin. I’ll drink it, but won’t buy it.
1/12/06: On tap in Denver Airport: More caramel, less grass still has slight grainy taste.
Maxamillion (103) - Glendora, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another good easy to get beer in the northwest. Has nice robust flavor for an amber and is easy to drink.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stacked this one head to head vs Bass Pale Ale, regardless of brewer’s descriptions. To my mind, these two are virtual twins, with some very interesting distinguishing features.
Aroma: earthy, bread, wonderful!
Appearance: amber, average frothy head with good lacing
Flavor: BREAD and HEARTH! All things homey, comforting, and earthy! Sweet/Bitter perfectly balanced, so that niether seems apparent - a chorus!
Palate: LONG, creamy, mild, and DELICIOUS! From WHERE or WHAT does NB get that taste?
Overall: Less a "beer" than a comfort food. If "Flat Tire" had no alchohol whatsoever, it might still be my favorite beverage. Hop heads, beware, this will be altogether too mild and tasty for your taste.
Minus: Appearance lacks explosion or pizzaz. Relatively mild carbonation - a nit-pick for sure!
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Looked amberish to me, but was hard to make out in the dark bar. Toasted caramel and a little floral and even yeasty aroma. More of the same in flavor. Fairly sweet upfront and a little spice in it too. It’s not bad, but not my favorite.
cyberbeer (1) - USA - AUG 30, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nice amber ale sometimes with a hint of orange. Appearance can be sparkling,with a tan foam head. A nice caramel, woody aroma with a bitter-sweet taste, full body, thick feel, and a lively, long finish. A great beer with foods, on the slopes, or for savoring after a long hard day. If you can make it to Fort Collins it is worth it to take the New Belgium Beer tour... A personal favorite.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad. A couple of bottles of these before going off to a Mariners game. Robustness all up it in. They seem to love this one here in Washington, even though its from Colorado.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. An amber coloured beer with a nice white head. The aroma is malty with biscuity qualities some fruit and some dusty chocolate. The taste is malty and dry. There is a metallic off-putting taste in the back of the mouth. OK but uninspiring.
TheGreatAddo (14) - West Hills, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best Beer Ever! I have been waiting 5 years for this great beer to come to LA.