berkshirejohn (4526) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Rock Bottom, King of Prussia, PA. Reddish amber with a tight white head; the aroma is hidden by the incredibly low temperature at which this is served; in the mouth there are lots of fruity berries and some dry grains, before a dry finish. I was expecting an Irish style Red Ale - which this definitely isn’t - but it was a pleasant surprise.
onceblind (4064) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear amber with a receding white head. Aroma was a little soft but included some light caramel, light biscuity toffee, and just a faint whiff of grassy hops. Taste is medium bodied and very average. I get some grainy toffee, a little bit of caramel, and a balancing bitterness which I am unable to describe further. Just tastes like a too-balanced average amber ale on a medium body.
sonnycheeba (3554) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Pours clear dark amber with thin, creamy white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malts, figs, apples, floral hops, and light toast. Flavor is dry, bready malts forward with supporting floral hops (light bitterness), some dark fruit esters, and light leather; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Cincinnati location. Pours a clear amber with a thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt, floral and grassy hops. Flavor initially of bready and caramel malt with some bitterness in the finish. Malty amber, but it does have some hops too. Very drinkable!
RobertDale (3452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Desert Ridge, AZ brew pub. Comes a light amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and citrus. Taste is caramel malt, dark fruit, and citrus. Decent.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft, probably at GABF. Pours a standard amber with an offwhite head. The nose is caramel, neutral citrus and resin hops, light malt. On tasting, moderate sweetness and caramel malt notes. Light fruity hopping. Pretty inoffensive and bland. Meh.
DiarmaidBHK (3393) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rock Bottom at King of Prussia, PA. Pours a nice, rich caramel brown with a fairly big malty smell. Nice roasted caramel on the tongue without being cloying. Definitely a dry, almost astringent finish. My favorite of the Rock Bottom beers, goes nicely with the Jambalaya.
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Richmond Short Pump location. Perfectly acceptable amber. Medium amber, slight head, clear. Aroma of caramel malts and slight citric hops. Flavor matched, but perhaps with more hops than expected, a good thing. Not bad, just boring.
Iphonephan (3251) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at the Arlington, VA, location. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Light nutty nose. Caramel flavors with some rye flavors. Short, clean finish.
theisti (3235) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nonic pint draft at the Gordon Biersch in Leawood, Kansas. Pour is a mostly clear copper auburn, with a one inch tan head head. Head falls with nice lacing. The aroma is cereal sweet malt, a mildly dank hoppiness and some general grassiness. Nose is fresh and clean. The taste is pretty straightforward sweet malt grain, a touch of vanilla sweetness as well, and then thins out nicely with bright catty hoppiness. Palate is medium to thin bodied to start, thins out a bit towards the finish. Carbonation is active, coupled with the dry mineral finish this was quite easy to drink. This would be a good session option, though ABV is higher than I would have expected from the body.