gthank (73) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an off-white head over a body that seems equal parts ruby and brown. The aroma is reminiscent of a bitter, with its suggestion of malt and bitter hops. The flavor more than delivers on the promise of the aroma, with strong notes of malt followed by a satsifyingly bitter, hoppy finish, rather like the bastard child of an ESB and an IPA. Overall, this was surprise. Even knowing Rogue’s penchant for brewing good beer, this is vastly better than I expected from anything labeled an "Amber Ale".
mribm (447) - Hurley, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer poured with a nice creamy head. It had a slight caramel malt aroma, but the taste is what won me over. It started off with this delicious caramel malt flavor, that finished with a strong hoppy finish. Then somehow...the delicious malt taste came back again. A very nice finish to a great beer! One thing that puzzles me is why the last several ratings refer to this as an ’amber’.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2005 12 oz bottle pours a cloudy dark amber with a nice creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass, aromas of pine and caramel. Citrus, pineapple, caramel and fruity cherry flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes bitter.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber. Has a very full flavor to it, which is part of the Rogue style, I think. It has an almost fruity quality. Nice head, as well.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice aroma of caramel and west coast citrusy hops. Dark red with a large head. Effervescent. Flavors of citric hops, sweet caramel malt, subtle roasted malt. Nice full body. A good amber...
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tasty amber. Again, good use of hops. Rogue craftsmanship apparent.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice ruby red color. Hoppy aroma. Each sip starts out sweet and malty and finishes with a blast of hop bitterness. I prefer their American Amber but this is still another great Rogue product.
Indra (2558) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 7, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2005 Appealing toasty caramel malt aroma, with a good measure of piney, earthy and spicy Pacific Northwest hops. Garnet in color and having a very fine, creamy head. Flavor is very nicely balanced between the toasty malt sweetness and hop flavors. Just the right amount of fruity, flowery hop bitterness, too, and sufficient enough body to provide a nice framework for these flavors. With all the boring, by-the-numbers Ambers and Reds permeating the American beer landscape at this point in time, it’s nice to know at least one brewer makes a couple of really good ones.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful color with minimal head and lace. Nice hoppiness when the beer first hits you, and a nice, long-lingering maltiness that sits well on the palate. I think this is a great brew on the lighter side of Rougue’s menu, tasty and refreshing.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice refreshing beer - is there a developing trend among these so-called red ales? I seem to see one: balanced caramel malt sweetness and med hop flavors, like a darker, redder APA. This one fit the bill: nice sweet malts up front, good caramel character, balanced bitterness - favors the malt. Light tingly almost citrusy hop flavors and aromas are present. Nice dark red color and large foamy head that clings to the glass all the way down. Crisp and refreshing.