carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted much better on draft (at Molly's Pub)than in bottle. Small white head dissipates immediately. Body is amber, slightly murky, cloudy. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Pine? Flavor is a little medicine-like given the sweetness, but is very drinkable and ends bitter. Fairly balanced, but leans toward hoppy sweetness. Very little carbonation. One I could definitely drink again.
joet (2172) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
ok, this is much better. slightly tipped toward the bitter side and no off flavors or aromas. carmel leaning sweetness. a medium full aroma. fairly clean lightly particulate finish.
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Flying Saucer in downtown Fort Worth. As expected, amber hue with small creamy head and fair lacing. Interesting aroma of toasted malts, cookie dough, perfume hops, vanilla, and bubble gum. Sweet and malty taste with a spicey undertone, but not anything outstanding. Dry and soft mouthfeel leading to a slighty chalky feel. Quaffable, okay beer.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good amber with full flavor. Malt balanced well with hops. It clings on at the finish just a little too long.
666seth (222) - California, USA - APR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleaseant surprise, nice malty flavor perfectly balanced with hops. I like it!
omhper (19381) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled cask conditioned at The Flying, Saucer, Addison, Texas
Orange coloured and hazy. Citrusy hop aroma. Softly malty with filling mouthfeel and an everlasting citrsuty hop flavour. Bitter finish. Perhaps not the most complex of beers, but this cask version feels so fresh, and is very flavourful.
Excellent clash of British and American beer culture.
Braudog (5748) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light orange look with little head. Tasted of sweet caramel candy, almost overpoweringly sweet.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2003 (Gingerman Dallas)cask conditioned nice cloudy amber/orange. Low carbonation as expected. Head leaves nice lace on the glass. It was served at the right temp (not too cold). Nice malt flavors with a hint of spice aftertaste.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent brew, but not really my taste. A little hoppy without much other flavor. Had it on tap at the brewery, so it was really fresh and that helped. Weak beer, but almost decent on tap rather than bottle.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003 (Update: Christmas 2002 -- draft at Gingerman)
From what I recall, Saint Arnold's standard Amber Ale is not bottle-conditioned.
This is basically a slightly more "interesting" variation of the standard Amber.
Unfortunately, I've been out of Houston too long to do a side-by-side comparison at the Gingerman.
I like what they've done with the Amber Ale in general.
They never caved into the hop craze. Are there aromatics in the nose? Yes.
Are there enough bittering hops to adequately balance the malt? yes!