esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2010
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear amber with a thin tan head that dissolves into a thin layer with minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel sticky bread, mild fruit with some florally/vegetal hops. Pretty blasé and the first descriptor that comes to mind is thin bodied and over-roasted malt. Vegetal hops and mild bitterness mix in with a rather tasteless malt base. Just not very good.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting courtesy of jsquire - Pours light amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is very mild hops. It tastes moderately bitter with caramel malt. To my surprise this one’s a little astringent on the palate so I don’t think the flavors came together quite right. It finishes bitter, but not unpleasant.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clean amber pour with fluffy white head. Nose is pretty subdued...light caramel and bread dough...very light earthy/herbal hopping. Flavors are likewise centered on the caramel/toffee/bread dough malting and lightly earthy/herbal bittering. Just OK.
Onslow (1076) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Slightly cloudy amber brew with a thinish off white head that diminishes to frothiness. Aroma of malt and grassy hops. Taste is a fine blend of sweet butterscotch malt with a fine lingering bitter hops finish. Very nice.
jsquire (3308) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of the bottle I brought back from Saugatuck. Golden amber color with a thin white head. Light yeasty nose with some hop bitterness. Hoppy grass and citrus rind bitterness with some buscuit and noticable alcohol when you exhale. Long bitter finish.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy amber body, thin off-white head. Nose of floral, spicy hops and bready malts. Caramely body, not too sweet, with soapy, floral hops and burned fruitskin. Bitter, spicy finish.
Drake (7839) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served on draft at the Michigan Summer Beerfest, 2010, as part of RBSG festivities. Pours a clear amber color with a medium offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet sugar caramel with very faint citrus and floral notes. The taste is bitter hops, earthy notes, toffee and caramel. Medium bodied.
milewide (1363) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Amber color, with medium head. Taste was as described: both malt sweetness up front, with lingering hop bitterness. Much more taste than typical Amber!