jcwattsrugger (11553) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap @Barleys Taproom-pours an off white head and gold/orange color. Aroma is sweet light malt. Taste is sugary sweet light malt, slight hops bite with some tea.
biznizness (1138) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brew pub, but also picked up a bottle at Bruisin’ which I am enjoying now. Malty and clean with very little bitterness. A good drink, but not exactly a notable one.
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared by ucusty. Pours an orange amber with a thin light yellow head. The nose is malty, earthy, sweet, caramel, definitive Amber character, mild hop aroma. The flavor is mildly leafy, malty, sweet, bready malty character. Palate is malty with a mild hop bitterness.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber shared by ucusty at the Carolina Crew tasting - thanks, David! I wanted to like this one more because Pisgah is quite props-worthy, both in terms of quality of output and organic-brew mission. But y’know, it’s just a competent amber at the end of the day. Very full body, lively head, and a sumptuous body. But the flavors are pretty generic, made slightly memorable only by the dry-ish finish.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brusin’ Ales in Asheville, NC. Deep dark amber pour fluffy off white head and a thin spotty lace. Aroma of caramel and zesty hops. Flavor definitely follows suite with grassy and grainy notes. Crisp dry finish.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: April 17, 2009
Source: Barley’s, Ashevilla
Appearance: hazy amber, frothy off white head, drippy sheets of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, touch of spicyness
Flavor: dry caramel malt flavor, nice bready character, touch of sweetness, light spicyness, balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Suttree (5541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
darker than what I consider amber - more of a mahogany, I think. Nice aroma of caramel and dark bread. Surprisingly full bodied. Very bready - pumpernickel, maybe. Crisp finish.