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 BMCís 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 couldnít wait until it was gone. smells horrible, tastes like foot, too much carbonation. its almost bearable. but iíd 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 Iíve 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 canít 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, Iíll keep in mind this place was hardly serving it properly (the SpeakeEasy I had there, which I usually like, was awful).
jercraigs (9046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 2009-11-14. Golden yellow body with a small white head. 3+ Toasty biscuity malt in the aroma is a bit odd. Flavour is mild, grainy malts, light bitterness, odd fruity touch to the malt. Average palate. Okay. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0 Bottle from Binnyís, Chicago.
2005-11. Bottle. Light amber body with a good sized off white head. Toasty biscuity aroma, with a slight underlying oddness. Flavour has more biscuity, toasty malt up front, with notes of dry alcohol, bitterness and something thats in the ballpark of sourness but not quite. Canít decide if it is off somehow or if I just donít care for it. Best Before of Dec 05 would seem to imply that it should be fine. 5/3/4/3/10 - 2.5
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My roommate brought back a bottle for me from CA. pours a light brown/copper color. white head. i really liked the aroma on this beer. it definatly reminded me of belgian imports. a sweet slightly fruity sent. the taste is a little dissapointing, thers not enough of it personaly. nice hoppyness, mmm... some slight nut and malt flavors, with a nice bitterness. but overall a lighter flavor than i would expect from an amber ale. not bad overall, average but very drinkable.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I donít understand the hype with the 52% percentile. The nuttiness and maltiness is here but it isnít that bountiful. I agree its well balanced and it was nice of my cousin to haul this from the West Coast back to PA but there is nothing mind blowing here or earth shattering. I do enjoy a few of the hops I detect but havenít really gotten into the "amber" category too deep.
rpack78 (7) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís pretty good. A little bitter in the end. Taste better than the trippel for sure. I wouldnít want to drink a whole lot of these. Not quite my favorite.