BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2006 Bottle (ReRate) Previous rating: 12/17/02 (6-2-6-1-10)
Amber copper color with light but sticky head and very nice lacing. The nose is light with some diacetyl and some other light melanoidins along with a touch of crispy cascade hops. The flavor is sweet like candi sugar or caramel added after pasteurization to sweeten the body. There is a light metallic tinge in the mouthfeel and a light skunky tail. Not balanced as the flavor disembowels itself right on your palate, letting you taste everything individually and not being able to appreciate the beer as a whole. Better than I remember.
ChristerL99 (17) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The old standard, I think I’d like this beer better if it weren’t the fall back "good beer" for all the parties at the University of Washington, but now tasting it again and editing out all the hungover memories of an esb aftertaste i think it’s still a very good beer.
homerman (40) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Say now I like this stuff. Had it on tap by golly and I think I will definately have it again.
Frank (3470) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very moderate in every respect. Clear amber color, thin head, trace amounts of lace. Semi-sweet malty nose. I detect the slightest hint of citrus. Nice dry finish. Good flavor overall but a little on the watery side, keeping it from being truly crisp and delicious.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good, although yes, it’s not really that bitter. Very carbonated.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I get this beer fairly often. I like it, though its flavor reminds me of blood for some reason.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not too bad, and actually pretty enjoyable. Low to medium hops and malt. Slightly fruity. Mellow hoppy finish. Way too watery to be noteworthy, but it’s good for such a cheap and widely-available beer.
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good ale with a nice bitter taste, as the name suggests. Not too pricey, it’s a good warm you up in the wintertime beer.
Supaflyfresh99 (98) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
freekyp (1673) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Great session beer. Pours slightly hazy amber with a frothy one finger head. Nose shows toffee, berry fruitiness and a bit of must. Good balance of bitterness and malty. A good example of the bitter style. Finishes with a nice biscuity fade and a bit of bitterness floating on top.