Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very hoppy amber. Pours copper with some head which disappears quickly. Very nice citrus aroma. Although more hops than typical amber, still was worth it. Needs something to smooth out the bitterness however.
TheBeerGod (5685) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a small white head. Nose is hoppy and piney with light citrus notes. Very sharp! Taste is a bit sweeter with a nice malt and hop balance comprised of caramel, sweet malts, piney hops, citrus fruits and light hint of menthol or mint. Body is smooth but bitter.Light carabonation feel. Finishes with more big piney hops and citrus (grapefruit and orange), with a mild caramel and malt balance. Not too bad!
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured clear amber with an average off-white head - classic lacing! Very fresh citrus & spruce hops with some mild malt aroma. Taste is very balanced hops/malt - not as hoppy as it smells, almost fruity sweet in fact. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy but ultimately a bit watery - nice slow hop linger with a bitter but not unpleasant hop finish. Very drinkable hop-oriented ale, not great, but if this is your lawnmower beer you’re doing a-okay.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours light amber with a medium white head. Smells slightly hoppy with some malts to it but not strong smelling at all. Decent flavor but somewhat watery and bland. Aftertaste is standard hoppy taste but has some nasty yeasty flavor to it.
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber body with a nice head. Aroma is very nice - lotsa grapefruity hops. Citrus and caramel as well. Aroma is more like an IPA. Once I tasted this though, it was all downhill. The potential from the aroma disappeared as this came off as light and watery. Slightly bitter with some caramel, but pretty bland.
b7j0c (10) - USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A slight disappointment for me, given my great affinity for other Speakeasy brews, particularly Big Daddy. I found the finish to be a little watery as others have mentioned.
tennisjoel (1254) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice hoppy aroma. Pour is amber in color. Thin head. Good hoppy flavor up front, but the finish is a little too watered down. The IPA is a better one IMO. Probably could use a little more hops to balance out the bitterness.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught. Tasted during trip to California. Amber colour with a nice creamy head. A lot of flowor aroma. Very hoppy taste, without a lot of bitterness. A very great easy-drinking ale.
piscator34 (2181) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber in colour with somewhat low carbonation. Some nice hoppy aromas going on there, perhaps a mix of citrusy and woody (but not pine like) varieties. The flavor was far less malty than I had expected, with more leafy hop character coming through. The malt note that I detected was more of a slight roasted note. The body was a little thinner than expected too. Perhaps this bottle had a bit of a rough ride north? Anyway, I’m glad that the MLCC finally brought in something with some hop character for a change.
PorterPounder (6518) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the San Francisco "Brews on the Bay" Festival. Excellent amber ale, one of my favorites from the festival. Sweet caramel like malty aroma with a hint of molasses. Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Good underlying bitterness. Not your everyday amber.