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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (13625) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Draft from Beer Sellar. Pours a clear dark amber with a moderate rocky off-white head that mostly lasting and produced fair lacing. Light balanced aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Medium balanced malt and hop flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2007
Draft at the Harbor Inn Marina in St. Michaels, MD. Everything about this beer is classic mediocre and forgettable. A macro by any other name is still another beer to avoid. A touch more flavor and color than macro standard fare but if you’re looking for a quality amber ale there’s little reason to reach for anything other than a Stone Leviathan and certainly less of a reason to reach for one of these.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nearbeer (4931) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Draft. Fooled again by A-B. The only choice besides BMC at Morgan’s Tavern, New Bern, NC. What the waitress described as a "local" microbrew poured a darkish copper. Aroma: not much. Taste: follows aroma, seems more like a lager than an ale. Buyer beware. Crap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1833) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2007
For a big brewer this was a pleasant surprise. It was on tap at a new resturant in Short Pump, Seafire . The head was white and stayed with the drink. The color was clear amber and very appealing. The caramel flavors sometime overpowered the malts. The spicy hops flavors helps to distinguish this beer. I understand it is only brewed in Williamsburg for the East Coast. 6/20/07

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Draft at Greenleafe. Deep coppery brownish pour with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of roasty malt, some nuts, fruit, and slight hops. Tastes caramel malty, with backup nutty, fruity and slight hop hints. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Interesting reading, thanks for the commercial description! I picked up my sample on draft at the festhaus at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Medium amber, disturbingly persistent head. Flavor was mostly of light caramel, a bit of earthy hops, and a touch of corn. Better than Killian’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle - 12 oz. sample from an Anheuser Busch rep courtesy of my wife’s uncle, Tommy. Thanks! Label is plain white with black text. States Skipjack Amber Lager and ABV of 5.5%. I’ll edit the name and ABV once done with the review. Amber bodied. Tall tannish colored head seems to fade quickly. Aroma is flowery with soft spice, caramel, sweet malts and hints of nuttiness. Taste is sort of earthy hops, soft spicy hops, lots of nutty flavors, caramel, sweet malts and some fruit (maybe some nectarine???). Body is medium with a strong carbonation but it’s dense and leaning towards creamy despite my belching. Ends with stronger nuttiness, caramel, softer spicy hops, earthiness and dried fruits. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2007
On tap at the River City Beer and Seafood Festival. Clear amber body with a small frothy off-white head. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with some chocolate hints and a slightly grainy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Draft at Fishmongers in Durham, NC. I was upstairs at the oyster bar when I saw a funny tap handle of a shark and a surfboard. I asked about the beer and the polite bartender told me that it was supposedly a new microbrew from Virginia. Something about the style of the tap handle made me suspect AB. Sure enough when I closely examined a printed sign advertising the beer I saw Anheuser-Busch in tiny type at the bottom. So then I ordered one. It looks attractive with it’s typical clear amber body and massive foamy head. First sniff confirms that this is a malty offering. Unfortunately there’s a funky almost sour smell in there too. The taste offered up a rather sweet taste that once again went south with a slightly rotten finish. There’s some grassiness to this one as well. I’d say this was just a bad sample if it were any other brewer but for some reason I think this was bad on purpose. Almost like a mistreated Spaten Octoberfest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6385) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Draft at Green Leafe, Williamsburg: OK, this is only the second time I’ve seen the beer (the first being in the VIP area at the World Beer Festival) after reading about A-B’s regional speciality experimentation beers ... and I’m eager to try it. It starts off OK with a very nice-looking glass ... amber but with a fire-engine red tint and an active carbonation rising to a thin head. The aroma is quite festy, appley and crystal-maltish. At first, I fear this will drink as any other macro .. but as I go, I must concede this is a tad more flavorful: light caramel, malt and that tangy appley bitterness, just quietly hanging out. Not too bad! (#2938, 5/24/2007)

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