demitriustown (1033) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Aroma is has a nice robust malt aroma with a somewhat burn scent to it. Old fashioned hard candy, grain, really dough with some twangy hops poking through on the back end. Appearance is a very clear amber color with a medium sized off white head that diminishes quickly. Taste is Cereal malt characteristic, lightly coffee tasting, with hints of nuts and caramel. Some bitter hops in there as well. More of a German Lager type hops to the taste like Saaz in my honest opinion. Palate is nicely carbonated, slightly heavy on the tongue with a lingering aftertaste of a light burnt malt characteristic and more prominent hops. Overall, Really decent brew. Itís good cool or warm. Cheers!
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a bright amber color with an off white head. Aroma was pale and toasted malts, with light bittering hops too. Flavor was nicely balanced, not really hoppy, but not overly sweet either. A decent session beer but a bit bland.
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a pretty good amber ale. Pours clear, medium amber with a rich white head. Aromas of sharp hops well balanced by medium to light maltiness, and a bit of red ale musk. Taste is crisp and well-balanced, faintly sweet and somewhat bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and, at the same time, a bit sticky. Good marriage of sessionability and interest.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2010
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Aroma is metallic malt, a little grain. Kind of weird. Flavor was unpleasant metallic and bitter. Not great.
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2010
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Purchased in stubby bottle. Almost didnít buy it because I thought it was Red Stripe. The good: the bottle was cool. The price was right. The beer was a crystal clear amber color.
The bad: everything else. Strong diacetyl dominates. Normally I might give a beer a pass since it was clearly a bad bottle (I hope). But címon now, the first time I ever see this beer in the store and itís rancid? Not skunked, mind you. Terrible, terrible, terri-freaking-ble.
JarredWFM (5) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
this is one of the best session beers around. great balance of malt and hops... the type of beer that one bottle can satisfy an evening drinker, but a six pack wonít overwhelm somebody with inebriation in mind. the stubby bottle and fantastic design help distinguish it from other regional quaffers.
flatmatt (1025) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.5 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel and an odd fruit note like strawberry, even a little sweaty. Flavor is deeply toasty malts with caramel and very slight hints of hops. Perhaps a slight overall chemical impression. Simple, but a little puzzling.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours Medium amber with a fully diminishing white head. Aroma is heavily malty, bread, cookies, grain (crystal malts) hints of caramel. Flavor is well balanced, crystal malt flavor throughout (60-80 lovibond) which makes it somewhat one dimensional. Body is light with a dry finish. Lively carbonation.
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the Jolly Pumpkin Cafe in Ann Arbor. Pours clear amber with a thin tan head. Malty caramel nose with subtle hops. Caramel malt flavor with a bitter earthy finish. Could use more complexity, but not bad.
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Newly available locally in SE MI - cute stubby bottle, 11.5 oz. pours out a coppery amber with a minimal whitish head. sweet malt aroma, with caramel and bread forward and a touch of green cascade-like hops behind. more sweet malt taste, and well-balanced with a hint of hops, very smooth and easy-drinking. nicely done amber ale.