rajendra82 (932) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The burnt umber colored body was clear, and topped by a two finger thick, foamy, beige head. I could smell the bright hops even before bringing the glass up to the nose. Once I did, the nose was dominated by piney, earthy, spicy, and musty hops. As anticipated, the taste was quite bitter and earthy, with a flash of brown sugar mid palette, and a carbonated, drying, finish. The body felt medium thick, oily, and soft. This is better than the typical New Belgium seasonal, and approaches the quality of the Lips of Faith series.
kidmartinek (3218) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good. What else is there to know. Ok. Deep red ale. Small white head. Bitter malty aroma. Flavor is oaty barley with a bitter stomp. Nice bite. Good way to drink an amber cuz the other way, with less hops, sucks.
jmohno (996) - Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark ruby red.Light head froth light lacing.
Aroma is nice fresh hops pungent herbal dankish resin with light citrus tones,some sweet dark toffee,busicuit malt. It turnes pretty herbal mostly as it warms.
Very smooth,creamy,hoppy more on the herbal earthy side with dark carmel light roast mild chocolate. More citrusy in the finish,very good balance of malt/hop taste. Enjoyable beer.
rondphoto (1451) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber with a frothy, long-lasting off-white head and swirling lace. The taste is an immediate combination of caramel malt and light, but persistent, US hops. The bitter and sweet balance each other well, making this highly desirable for anyone who likes their malt and is open to the hop experience. Well-conceived and executed light amber ale. Recommended.
TheHOFF43 (1615) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a benefit dinner, 6oz pour.
Great aroma and appearcance. Solid red with a good taste. Hoppy finish left me not thrilled with flavor but overall a solid beer.
bs476 (80) - - AUG 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Provided description hits all the points: Caramel on the nose with piney hops balancing out a leathery subtlety. Very enjoyable. Literally said "wow!" when I poured it. Excellent!
TheGB (476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop aroma fills the room as soon as you open the bottle. Pours red with a nice pillowy head. Aroma of spicy hops, some malt and yeast. Nice palate, pretty spicy with some acidity.
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Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle-purchased at Toucan Market in Las Cruces, NM-pours deep copper amber hue with a lovely soapy eggshell head. nose quite hoppy yet accented by carmel malts yet a little on the mushy side. the hops try to cover up the fault here however, it still there in the nose. slightly metallic as well. the hop notes are woody, light pine, and some floral. flavors are pretty big for an amber-lots of carmel malt base (sweet, sugary, lightly nutty) with a nice dose of piney/minty hop qualities. I was expecting a little more hops however, for an amber ale, it is definately above the competition in that category. long caramel malt base with lingering woody hop notes. not a bad beer!
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap @ Washbar Foco. Clear, dark amber appearance with a cream colored head. Somewhat grapefruity/citrusy, floral/herbal hoppy, toasty malty aroma. Mild caramel, toasty malty, fairly spicy, herbal, somewhat piney, light fruity hoppy flavor. Fairly clean but rather uninspired.
TomTron (344) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with a thin off white head with decent lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, toast, and grain. Taste has a good bit of caramel malts in it with a decent amount of upfront hop bite but a watery finish. It also kind of tastes like burnt toast after a little bit. Not a bad fall offering but also not the best. Wish more breweries would give the Oktoberfest style a go instead of making beers that are similar but range too far from the style.