3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 Up my numbers from my bottle review. It was slightly better on tap.
RE-RATE: Must agree with AustinMillbarge's comments about the Boulder/Denver folk who think this is the best thing ever. I appreciate their enthusiasm in something other than USA-macro, but I think there's an entire world of beer that is unknown to them. This one has a decent amber color, with a nose and flavor that is tasty, fully of malts with some light hops... the flagship NB brew... I guess it's cool.
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2003
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2003 Overrated because it is the only thing decent served on tap at so many restraunt bars in the midwest. I tried this at a restraunt and then immediately went back to shiner bock.
Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber, fast fading head. Lightly hoppy nutty nose.Light malt flavor. Flat and underflavored
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2003 Milt hops but super bitter. A popular favorite in my region, but not my favorite. There are much better amber ale's around. I'm just glad I have this as an alternative to budweiser and coors products at all the bars with only 1-5 beers on tap.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 nice thick maltiness very little favor besides malt good beer just not great
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am not overwhelmed by this "cult" ale, but it is very, very good. An amber classic that has a wonderful quenchability.
tigre38699 (20) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As far as Ambers go this is above average. Nice Amber color with an off-white head. Nice caramel aroma. Malty sweet start with a smooth finish. Not much bitterness just enough to cut the sweetness slightly.
dev (50) - Savannah, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth. I think I’ll have another. I bought this at K Mart,so I really was not expecting much, but it turned out to be very good indeed.Golden color,good carbonation that stays through to the bottom of the glass,nice head that also stays,semi sweet flavor. Now I want to try the abbey ale.