eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Red with an off white head. Aroma had the slightest hint of apricot and perhaps some other fruits that I could not distinguish. Barely noticable fruit in the taste, and very watery.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red color with no head. Hmmm... smells like grains... and tastes like a grain silo! Damn, I was hoping they’d make a good session beer out of this, but it just tastes muddled.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught (Chicago Brewpub), 2005 version: clear, dark orange color with a decent white head. Fresh, hop laden aroma with a nice bit of sweet malts and caramel. Flavours were better than I expected with a good pairing of hops to malt, too often ambers forget that the hops should play a part as well, this one allows both to play. Overall a decent brew and one that I could have a couple in one sitting, though there are plenty others I would rather have…
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chicago, 2005. Clear, amber body with a thin, off-white head. The aroma is niceky balanced between whole grains and nuts from the malt side and pine resin on the hoppy side. The body is nothing outstanding--fairly full but also lacking any sort of creaminess. The flavors are good and fairly well balanced. The malt and hops interact well and create satisfaction for the tongue. Certainly not the best beer from Rock Bottom, but not a terrible one considering it’s being marketed to anyone and everyone.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
KoP near Philly: A decent amber that didn’t impress nor did it depress. On Nitro it was uncommonly smooth.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this years ago at Rock Bottom in Milwaukee. Poured a copper-red, with nice tan head. Smelled of hops and bittering agents - very alive. Smooth, but with a bite. A solid red ale.
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours coppery/reddish. Aroma of malt, slight caramel and cabernet. Tastes malty, similar to Killians, with a crisp, malty finish.
DrnkMcDermott (2879) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft, RB Chicago. Here it was presented as an Irish red ale, and I don’t think any of us has many great expectations from this style. Still, there are some nice roasty malt notes, and a noticable hop profile in an attractive red body. A decent enough session ale.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A smooth, somewhat grainy beer, with an hop aftershock of some medium strength. However, pours and drinks smoothly, with an inviting medium-light color for its hoppiness.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draft: Rock Bottom in La Jolla, CA) Balanced beer that is pretty much just an ordinary amber ale; Pleasant but mild hoppiness adds a modest bitterness; Malt is pleasant enough, but could be more bold; The beer is consistent in flavor and balance from start to finish; Not much nose, perhaps lightly hoppy; True amber color; Off white head fades to a thin sheen quickly and leaves significant lacing; Notes seem skimpy and non-descript because the beer is skimpy and non-descript, but it's a worthy cause, especially here in San Diego