Alcohoarder (34) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the battle of malt and hops I feel like the hops win by having the last word -- a lingering bitterness on the finish. That being said, for me, this fails as a traditional northwest amber. Next time, let the malt win. (Note: this beer is not bad, it’s just not what I was expecting from an amber).
CheersMate (1318) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Different bottle from the picture. Picked up at John’s Market Place in Portland, Oregon. Not very much of a head on this dark caramel-copper color. Looks damn good. Huge amber malt aroma. Very pungent, but I am not an amber fan. Caramel semi-sweet malt aroma and flavor with this beer. A very nice malty beer with a slight sbutle flavor at the end. This beer is pretty good. John’s Market had easily over 30+ different Rogues.
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle said rogue Astoria sesqui. A good balance of hops and malts in the aroma. The flavor is also a nice balance of hops and malts battling for supremacy. A great smooth finish.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Hazy golden amber beer. Aroma is lightly bready and a little bit yeasty. A touch of light rancid melony fruit and a bit of vegetal character. It’s lightly yeasty and fairly bitter. Earty astringent hoppiness. Man, this is garbage.
PilsnerPeter (3031) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Rattle n Hum: Cloudy deep orange copper with consistent off white head. Dirty aroma- musty and almost sulfuric with some DMS (odd), and some nondeScript grassy notes over oxidized citrus. Has a light velvety feel. Dusty and dirty flavor. Lots of earthy yeast and minerally notes followed by a nondeScript, mainly grassy bitterness. I think this cask was in poor condition.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle shared with jcr and UnclePete: Nice glowing amber body with a smallish white head. The aroma is very floral and bright, with some lighter notes of biscuity Munich present as well. The spritzy carbonation helps the healthy doses of both hops and crystal sweet malts play off each other. A nice, toasted malt character wins out in the end, making this more malt than hop, as an amber should be. Very drinkable.
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. Hazy medium amber body. Off-white, fizzy, diminishing head. Floral hoppy aroma with a backbone of light caramel and biscuit. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately bitter and lightly sweet. Medium body, chewy texture, lively carbonation. Rich body for an amber ale, more resembling an APA. Nice. Thanks Randy.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with scrizzz - Pours a hazy amber color with a one and a quarter finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted caramel malt and spicy floral hops. Flavor is the same. Palate is bitter and has a slight astringent aftertaste. Medium body. A decent beer. Thanks Clint.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honey amber color with a thick head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma of spicy hops and yeasts, with a little bit of caramel sweet malts thrown in. Bitter flavor that doesn’t have much balance--no real malt taste. A little bit of peachy aftertaste makes it slightly interesting
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light light amber, more slightly darkish orange color. Lacy somewhat soapy looking white head. Strong aroma of yeast dominates with hops as well perhaps. Taste is mildly bitter. Bitterness is a too watery, not balanced with the malt or paired with floral or citrus characteristics. Okay, but easily improved.