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Its call is intoxicating. An aroma that beckons you to pull up a stool and linger over its toasted malt character. Next, a deep kiss of liquid lust that will caress your tongue, thanks to an array of toasty Pale, Crystal (30 and 75), what, Carapils and roasted barley malts balanced by the subtle bite of Willamette and Fuggle hops. It’s a brew that will seduce your heart, mind and palette.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Butters (3736) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering XII. Acidic, stale spicy hops, huge carbonation. This was pretty damn bad actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of MaltDawg at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Clear amber body with a small creamy white head. Sweet spicy hop aroma on a caramel background. Caramel and floral hop flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Tap @ Jolly Pumpkin, Ann Arbor - Smooth and nutty, toffee smooth body. Piney hops. Very fresh and quaffable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Onslow (1135) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Pour from 11.5 oz stubby bottle. Amber brew with two fingers of off white head. Aroma of light grains and a little metallic hoppiness. Flavor is nice - medium maltiness, slightly sweet, finish has a slightly sour hops bite with cheesy overtones. Not bad but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brad89 (6) - Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2010 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2011 I had this a while ago, and I wasn’t as impressed as this time around. Glad I gave it another shot! Really well balanced amber with nice hop and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
bottle. Pours a thick amber color with no head. Aroma is very sweet with hints of citrus. At first taste is that of caramel and wheat. after taste is a bit metallic and bitter. other than finish its very good

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 29, 2010
Draft at the hotel bar at RBSG. Somehow chose this over Founders Pale Ale, 2-Hearted, or Oberon. A mistake I shall rue to the end of my days. Pours clear amber, thin skim of foam. Head isn’t persistent, and there isn’t much here in the way of lacing either. Nose is spicy, with basic earthy hops, and a horrible metallic character. Flavours are muted hops, sweet caramel malt, and hot molten metal, God it sears the tastebuds with awfulness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hayden (9) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2010 does not count
Bottle. Malt and hops balanced beautifully. Clear amber color with vanilla colored head. Smooth Caramel flavor with earthy finish. Medium body and refreshing light carbonation. Overall a good brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours an amber color (pretty clear) with a medium sized white head and bland aromas of caramel grains and metal. Flavor is off... something isn’t quite right and it tastes a lot like an amber that has a bit of an infection or is too old. Metal and bandaids with some sausage or something over an amber ale malt presence makes this pretty mediocre to bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (10470) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear dark amber color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate tart citrus hop aroma. Medium body and a smooth texture with soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.

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