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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 30, 2007) – Inspired by the iconic sailboats that are synonymous with Chesapeake Bay, Anheuser-Busch introduces today Skipjack Amber – a smooth, well-balanced amber lager brewed for beer lovers primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. Available on draught in select bars and restaurants in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee, Skipjack Amber is a medium-bodied beer characterized by a rich caramel and roasted nut taste. It is balanced by a complex blend of citrus, floral and spicy hop aromas, and features a refreshing finish and a thick, creamy head. Named in honor of the skipjack sailboats that sail the Chesapeake Bay, this specialty beer was crafted by a small, hand-picked group of beer experts from Anheuser-Busch’s Williamsburg, Va., brewery. The group – which welcomed the opportunity to apply its extensive brewing knowledge and experience to local beer lovers’ preferences and tastes – chose the beer style, created the recipe and selected Skipjack Amber’s name and tap marker design. “As members of the Williamsburg community for more than 35 years, we took great pride in crafting a beer that honors the Mid-Atlantic States and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Dan Driskill, senior brewmaster of Anheuser-Busch’s Williamsburg brewery. “The team tasted a wide variety of amber lagers to determine how to best differentiate this beer. We’re confident adult beer lovers in this region will love it as much as we do.” Skipjack Amber is brewed with two-row and Munich malt, as well as two types of caramel malts, which give the beer a distinctive amber-red hue. It contains a citrus, floral and spicy blend of Saaz, Nelson Sauvin, Alsace and Hallertau hops for a balanced and pronounced flavor.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1376) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Had this beer on tap at the Williamsburg Lodge and at paul’s Deli. For a lager really great, just wish AB would decide if they are going to bask Micros (as they do in some commercials) or get on board (as they do in other commercials). Buttery notes, nice golden color.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Had this in gainesville at ballyhoo restaurant, similar to the other amber ale they brew called red. This poures reddish copper, with thin white head. Pretty malty and very drinkable, this would be top choice over any of their other offerings.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Butters (3850) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Draft at greenleafe cafe. Copper hued with small white head. malty sweet and nutty flavor. Ever so slightly astringent. Malty finish.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
I found this on tap at a tourist trap bar in a location not to far from a large Anheuser-Busch installation. I was aware it was an busch beer. The beer came with little to no head, The pour had a amber hue. The hops were slight, the carmalized malts were sweet, overall, the beer was thinner then I like, and way to carbonated. an OK offering.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AleEnthuzist (1) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2008 does not count
This is a wonderful offering! It’s a smooth med. bodied ale. A-B has hit a home run with this brew!! I only wish I could find this in a local store and not have to visit a local eatery to enjoy

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dslunsford1 (55) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Great tasting brew that has a thick head that won’t go away. It has a dark maroon/brown color and smells citrusy. Spicy aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Lightly fruity caramel maltiness fades into vague bittering hops in this sweet and drinkable clean Amber Ale for the masses.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the clear coppery amber.
-A mineral note bothered me in the aroma.
-This beer is surprisingly not thin, so kudos to them for that.
-I don’t know why such an intelligent hop selection was made for this brew; most of it does not appear at all in the aroma and flavor profile.

On tap at The Green Leafe Café in Williamsburg, VA.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2007
From tap poured amber with a fair amount of head. Flavor kind of flat and not what I expected in an amber.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2007
On tap-Marriott & Murphys, Virginia Beach. Poured a clear amber color w/a slight off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Had a decent roasted malt flavor w/traces of grain & roasted almonds. Not as good as a Yuengling but not a bad effort from AB. I had no idea this was an AB product when I drank it; had never heard of it & both places told me it was a "Maryland Microbrew" but couldn’t tell me who made it. I’d drink this again, definite sesson brew.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 6, 2007
On tap at 3 Little Pigs BBQ restaurant outside Hollins VA. Pours a chestnut amber color with a fleetingly ill-defined white head. Mild caramel malt aroma, but primarily vegetable-like in dominant nose. Thin and watery, this has a mildly roasted taste that doesn’t even wash down Texas Pete-drenched barbecue very effectively. All in all, I’d say it is crapola.


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