wxman (1178) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear garnet/amber with a robust off white head that sticks around and rings the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, citrus and pine. Taste is sweet roasted malt, buttery caramel and plenty of hop spicyness (pine and grapefruit), but not overdone. Afterall, it is an Oktoberfest/Marzen and we want malty sweetness to be in the fore. Excellent effort, as always, from New Belgium.
skmikeg (439) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish amber color with a off white head. Aroma is of toasted malts, pine, caramel, and some toffee notes. Taste is of toasted biscuit malts, grass, pine, some citrus, caramel, and some toffee. has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a crisp semi dry finish. overall, a pretty good amber ale that seems like a good fall seasonal.
brucebruce81 (233) - Wyoming, USA - AUG 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer had a hint of something I couldn’t quite pick out this really was smooth but nothing great
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Deep amber mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent and a moderate amount of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Big toastiness with plenty of caramel underneath and even some toffee. Berry fruitiness. Grassy and earthy hops. A bit resiny. It’s a bit different than most ambers and I like it.
3.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but has less punch to it. Toasty with caramel and toffee. Berry and apple fruits. Grassy, earthy, and resiny hops.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.
4.0 D: Tasty beer. I like big toastiness in my ambers, so this hit the spot with regard to that. Solid all around.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-12-2012 20:39:10
Radek Kliber (5970) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma: organic, moist , hoppy ale with citrus side. Good malt backing. Mature well constructed aroma. 8-
Appearance: deep amber , clear with bone white cap. Nice lace shown.
Palate / Taste: nutty, malty with soft character. Chewy mid. Good red ale. Balancing hoppy top end. Very drinkable brew.
ACHops (296) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ The Viking. Pours dark golden amber with thin steady head. Aroma is light citrus hops and and caramel malts. Taste is dark roasty malts with substantial pine hops on the back. Clean, crisp finish. Nicely hoppy for an amber.
sonnycheeba (1976) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours very dark amber with average, fizzy off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, earthy and grassy hops, figs, pears, light pine, and faint spice. Flavor is balanced sweet malt and hops (medium bitterness) with some faint fruit esters; dry, hoppy finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.
pintocb (641) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well named. Very red. Sweet caramel in the nose followed by piney hops. Flavor is the same....with a coffee taste lingering. Decent amber.
johnbuck100 (168) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6-pack from whole foods, foggy bottom. Extremely complex. first sip reminded me of deschutes hop in the dark. toasty, chocolaty hoppy red amber ale. Wow. full of flavor but not overwhelming with alcohol. Very Very nice and Highly recommended. I think I’ll have another.
SSSteve (3390) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler. a new hoptober style. this time an amber instead of the original golden ale. this one pours a clear rusty color with a large, creamy, beige head. aromatic hop nose with a bready and light cocoa malt nose. just like the last version, these hoptober beers have been very hop forward obviously. it drinks with a slick medium body from the growler pour. a generous malt backbone in this one. juicy, fruity hop notes with light florals in finish.