Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. Pours a mostly clear amber colored body with an inch thick, dense, rocky and foamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is somewhat fruity with a bready, somewhat sticky caramel malt backing. A bit of a spiciness and earthiness in there as well. Flavor is tough to put down. Earthy and papery up front with a lot of oxidation present. Some toasty, bready caramels at the back end with just a slight sweetness, but this finishes pretty harsh with a spicy and earthy bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a lively, foamy carbonation. Overall, this is not a very good beer. Oxidized, bitter, and tough to put down. Not the worst beer I’ve ever had, but it’s certainly down there on the list.
574deadzone (844) - North Central, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper-amber with a fairly buoyant larger-bubbled khaki head that settles to a thin film and leaves substantial sticky lace behind. Nose involves some bubble gum, some earthy tea leaf-esque hop notes, almost a touch of honey, and some hearty doughy yeast. Taste is fairly sweet and fairly bitter, well balanced. Medium bodied, softer yet still active carb, with a somewhat dull finish. Not a bad beer, quite quaffable, nice to look at. A couple less-than-desirable features, but nothing too detracting from the experience.
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a head of foamy light off-white colored bubbles that were and left behind a softly carbonated transparent light amber colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was mild with malty soft citrus notes. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of bitter hops and mild caramel. A decent quaff-able one that I would consider drinking again.
crajun (870) - , Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle rec’d in trade from umich03jm. not a fan - not sure the beer or myself knows what this is supposed to be? looks like an amber; slight toffee in aroma. not a fan of the taste - the hops aren’t balanced nore enjoyable
Frank (2302) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is labeled both ESB and amber but does not seem to resemble an English style of any sort so I guess I’ll go ahead and call it an American Amber--whatever that means. It’s a clear amber color w/ a large lasting head of mixed bubbles. This stuff is OK overall but I think my bottle has some non-intentional funky notes which probably came from some stray yeast in the brewery. Likely due to a similar cause, it is overcarbonated and quite fizzy, which I suppose cuts the sweetness but doesn’t really work. It seems like there’s maybe a decent malt hops balance going on here but it’s just not working w/ the rather glaring flaws also present.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super smooth bitter ale. Not a lot of bite in this bitter, but it’s a nice sessioner with a nice mixup of hops and malt. Nothing too overpowering, but certainly a nice brew.
BrownALEx (229) - Portland, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of sweet bread....Two finger head after the pour.....Taste is quite malty.....Pretty good mouth feel.....Nice lacing left on the glass......Palate is malty as well....Not a bad beer, but not my favorite style.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
S: Nothing very strong - bready, roasted caramel notes
A: Nice dark amber appearance but a poor head - patchy mix of large and small bubbles
T: Tasty but not complex - toasted caramel malts, slightly bitter
P: Medium bodied - feels good
O: Refreshing and relaxing
ebone1988 (176) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 Aroma is sweet, smells like cotton candy. Appearance is clear, between amber and brown in color. White head. Flavor is sweet at the front, fades toward the back, pretty disappointing. Mouthfeel is light, not too carbonated. Overall, worth tasting but not for me.
wmubronco1992 (581) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at HopCat in Grand Rapids, MI. Pours Amber. Small white head. Above average lacing. Mild caramel aroma. Flavor is also mild caramel. Some dry hoppy bitterness. Decent beer, but not something I would seek out.