Jazzy (11) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I totally agree with ’mamradskoda’ & ’JenDaveMartin’. This beer has become a common item and a replacement in the likes of the Bay Area. It was on tap at a local sushi bar in the Mission District. I found it to be slightly flat and a little dry, but not bad. Its definitely a good substitute for the Sam Adams’s- Thank Goodness. I just hope I don’t bump into one of those Sam Adams guys in a bar, making me spill my Gin & Tonic!! I’ll just spill my Fat Tire on his ass! Overall, I definitely like the toasted quality, but agree with ’slimweebs’ that the beer’s perfect balance is a letdown for a more discerning palete.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Totally bland and dry (in a bad way) amber ale. This beer has a flat sort of taste to it that persists regardless of where I’ve tried it.
ghawener (1467) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - SEP 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Sweet, fruity, malt and hops. Good balance and great taste, not a bad ’belguim’ brew.
mamradskoda (9) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2004 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is probably the most common beer here in Boulder, and for good reason. It’s not an incredible brew, it’s not New Belgium’s finest, but it has begun to fall into the category of domestic-substitute, where it excels. It’s flavorful, dynamic and fun to drink, plus its color is a unique transparent red that nothing else I’ve seen really imitates.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had it on Tap at the Tilted Kilt in Vegas. Excellent Ale that has a malty aroma. In the glass its a nice amber color with a of white head. Very enjoyable beer with smokey accents throughout.
JenDaveMartin (2) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 20, 2004 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Everyone goes crazy over this beer. It’s hit San Francisco like a tidal wave, replacing Sam Adams in some bars.
Sendog04 (1) - Downey, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: I had this first in Yosemite, great combination. Great color with nice head. A superb balance of malt and hops with a sweetness that was not overpowering. The sweetness and the toasty flavor made this one a keeper.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 10, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An amber pour with a decent head. Amber ales are not my favorite style, but this one had a nice toasty male flavor and a decent hop presence, like the description states. A little thin to me though. All in all a drinkable ale, but I agree with a previous poster that the beer is a little over hyped.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Perhaps I am biased because I lived in a cabin for three months with no beer and then drank one of these, and thought it was heavenly. Good smoky, almost burnt malty flavor.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appealing earthy, toasty and slightly fruity aroma unlike any other beer. Slightly hazy amber appearance with a thin white head. Muted noble hop aroma and flavor. The flavor matches the aroma with nice carbonation giving it a spritzy quality. Finishes clean and slightly sweet. I suspect much of the flavor comes from Breiss Victory malt. A quality, if over hyped, ale.