beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a great beer. If I could have this in a six-pack, instead of a $3 22 oz. bottle, Iíd buy it every week. Not much aroma, looks carmelly but not interesting, medium-light bodied palate, but it TASTES great! Itís all about the malts for this beer. I tasted very little hops, and didnít mind. Think of the most pleasant, but not extreme, fresh bread youíve had, and youíre close to imagining what this beer tastes like. Itís not extreme in any way, but -- seriously -- perfect for those times you just want a beer after work, or a beer that will compliment rather than take over a meal. FYI, I had this with liver sausage once, and it was no match for the sausage, so save this for pizza and sandwiches and drinking on the porch in warm weather or with good friends inside in cold Chicago weather.
PhysZac (69) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Golden orange pour with thick creamy head that clings to glass. First smell is orange. Smells doughy, dusty, and dry with good amounts of yeast. Roasty taste of biscuits with a crispy bacon flavor. Subtle pine hops finishes the well balanced profile. As it warms, more meaty and apple flavors dominate and bring along a yeasty quality. Palate is slightly dry with a medium body. No alcohol presence in any part of the beer. Nice drinker.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber body with a white head that faded away as soon as I finished pouring. Aroma is malt centerd with toasted and roasted notes, some citrus. The flavor is similar to the nose, semi-sweet, some bitterness in the finish.
eggman (45) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, Best Before 12/15/06. Purchased in Missouri and brought back by my wife while visiting family up there...Pours a clear orange-brown with a large, frothy, light tan head that lasted a good while. Fair lacing...Smell heavy caramel malt and light perfume hops. Can also detect a light alcohol/soy sauce odor and actually something very solvent like...Medium bodied with a creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish...A long toasted cereal flavor that is lightly sweet and moderately bitter...Had this for the first time on tap in Colorado Springs but preferred many of the other New Belgium brews over this, especially 1554. The bad aroma most likely was due to this bottle being way past the Best Before date and Iíd love the opportunity to rate it again. Still though, the nice toasty oats manage to shine through and elevate it to "very good brew" status.
verge (32) - USA - MAR 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a really cine amber ale. Its not sold everywhere, and not where I am, but when I get the chance Ill buy a couple cases. I really enjoy the biicuity flavor folowed by a sligt hoppy bitterness. Very enjoyable.
withgrace (1) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2006 does not count
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is fantastic! I discovered it on a business trip, October 2005. Sadly, they do not have it in Kentucky.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malts and coffee aroma. White head. Burnt biscuit flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Lot of hype but good drinkable beer.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tucson Electric Park. Yeah, there was alot of (over)hype in Chicago surrounding this one. Iíve had it alot in Denver and remembered it as nothing special, but when I tried it again this weekend it was better than I remembered. Pretty reddish brown body with a decent white head. Aroma and flavor spoke of caramel, but not too much. A decent, drinkable amber but not worth the hype.
locarboy (129) - USA - MAR 6, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There was a lot of hype in Chicago for this one. Even the label announced this beers arrival east of the Mississippi...hmmm...kinda like the hype for Coors so many years ago. I bit anyway. I was expecting so much more. My first disappointment was that it was not bottle conditioned. Now I know what they mean by NEW Belgian Brewing. Yah, I believe this is based on a home brew recipe. I could only imagine Jeff and Kimís reaction upon first tasting. "Hey! We made a Leinieís Red clone!" As for the label discription read "toasty, biscuit-like malt flavors..." as "grainy." If you like Leinieís Red and want to spend a lot more money not looking like a cheese head, then this is your beer. Acceptable as an amber ale, but why waste the money when you can get Leinieís for $10 a 12 pack.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, amber body with a moderate head of medium sized bubbles. Toasted, sweet malt--delicate and smooth--hits the nose with a subtle, earthy hop element laying just beneath the surface. Sweet caramel, dry biscuits, toasted bread and light nuttiness. The hop character is soft and subtle with a bit of earthy, light pine element. The body is light and smooth with delicate carbonation. The balance of malt and hop character is very nice. Well, in many years of beer hunting, Iíve never really sought out this beer, nor ever really had it before. It finally made itís way to Chicago and I thought Iíd have some when I know itís fresh. While I donít see the hype that some have placed on this beer, but I wonít fight the hype. Itís not my favorite beer, but if the random corner bar has this on tap, Iíd rather have this than anything else. A fresh sample is rather tasty.