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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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A malty amber ale, brewed with 2-row barley malt, caramel malt, and malted wheat, and four different varieties of hops, for a smooth, balanced flavor. The perfect apres ski refreshment, or for any time you want to relax and warm up during the colder months to come.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 12 oz bottle. Poured a clear amber color with fluffy off white head. Distinct milk-chocolatey malt nose accompanied by molasses and anise. The aroma really improved as the beer warmed up. Medum bodied and slighty bitter with sweet caramel malt flavor. Carbonation was on the low end, which was a pleasant suprise. Re-rate: The draught version is strikingly different. Flowerty hop nose and flavor with more of a caramel malt flavor than chocolate that is well balanced with the hops. My bottle rating was 7, 4, 7, 3, 13. Not suprisingly, draught was better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2592) - North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2004
Bottle: ok nose vanilla, oak. clean brownish orange amber. small head that faded. sweet & bitter flavor, carmel, lite chocolate, grapefruit pine mix. sticky bitter finish. Bottled 10/29/03 batch#1444, a bit old, but what the heck. have to check out fresh next season.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2004
Bottled. Deep copper color, rapidly fading off-white head. medium body. Aroma of hops. Solidly malty, with kind of a Pacific NW thing going on with the hops. Kind of the standard amber/APA thing that all microbreweries seem duty-bound to produce. Not bad, but then I like this kind of thing more than some people.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Copper body, malty nose, medium white head. Mostly sweet malt, sweet finish. Some fruity hops.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Orangey Copper, thin tan head. Fruity sweet aroma. Note of grapefruit and toast, like if someone made grapefruit jelly and put it on slightly burnt toast. Does anybody make grapefruit jelly? I mean, grapefruit is a breakfast food, and so is toast. I seems like a natural. I’m going to see if I can find any. Anyway, the beer has a "juicy" palate and a smooth, mildy hoppy finish with hints of smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2005
I really enjoyed this beer. Poured a slightly hazy, light brown/amber color with an orange tint. No head. Nice fruity, hoppy, alcohol aroma. Some good spiced scents too. Very well balanced. Very hoppy flavor at first which fades away. Tangy, malty taste. Smooth. Weak finish. Very good brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (2847) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
Bottle from Premier - thanks, rudolf. Red-copper colour with a small head. Aroma is like a less potent barley wine - lots of caramelly malt and juicy hops. Flavour is pleasantly sweet, with caramel and brown sugar, and a citric hop finish. A very well-made & tasty brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 7, 2006
12 oz bottle, lot #1817, bottled on 11/17/05. Pours an orangeish copper color, small off white head. Nice spiderweb lace. Nose is orange and grapefruit, some sweet malt. Pleasing mouthfeel, full but not heavy. Slightly sweet malt and caramel flavors, a touch of spiciness. Finish is mildly bitter, slightly spiced. Really well balanced, pretty good amber.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2006
12oz bottle bottled 10/05/05 - Poured a dirty amber color with a short offwhite head. Nose is quite hoppy with grapefruit and some orange peel, but underneath it is some very sweet caramel and roasted malts. Palate is medium bodied and carbonated just enough to give it a pretty nice mouthfeel. Not bad.. Definitely better than I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehinge (266) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Lively honey colored pour. Small head with very little lacing. Grassy aroma. Smooth wheaty, hoppy flavor. I would it again.


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