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 (109) - 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 didn’t 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 c’mon now, the first time I ever see this beer in the store and it’s 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 won’t overwhelm somebody with inebriation in mind. the stubby bottle and fantastic design help distinguish it from other regional quaffers.
flatmatt (1013) - 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 (4415) - 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 (1074) - 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.
skoll (406) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 11.5 squat bottle with a nice amber color lasting head faint aroma and mild tasting amber, It had a smooth after taste with only a faint hoppy after taste.