iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear brownish copper with a small light tan head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit up front, some caramel malts in back. Quite hoppy. Taste is again piney and grapefruity, caramel and a little bit of nuts come in to balance it out. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Very nice amber.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful pour, falling to a translucent amber orange with a heavy cobwebbed and grayish-tan dust concentration for the head. Aroma excels in its fulfillment of its "maltiness and boldly hopped" label promise. Caramel nougats, spruce needles and pine & toffee bark with a mild interjection by almond butter and sweet brown bread. Flavor gives a chalking toffee inference with a dry chai tea powder mix persona. Scratchy, nutty and dry cocoa flavored bubblegum. Archaic english toffee, Carnation instant breakfast and slightly sugared cedar basement paneling. Light-to-medium body with a supportive underbrush of carbonation. Though somewhat prepubescent, this one likely won’t ripen one bit. Almond flavored bran flakes bring us full circle in the finish, joining a cast of sweetened shredded wheat and a crumbled toffee nougat characteristic for dry richness. Always hard for a beer to crawl out of the categorical amber hole it puts itself in. Nonetheless, thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is clear reddish amber with a big dense khaki head...smell is toasty and slightly hoppy...taste is slightly sweet with a faint hop finish...
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Good for an amber. Pours an amber/red color. Aroma of fruit, caramel and hops. Flavor of fruity citrus and caramel with a hoppy finish. Good, but nothing to special.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice medium-amber color but the head was quite thin and dissipated quickly. Aroma is a nice combination of hops and caramel maltiness. Firm malt floor comes immediately to the fore, mostly caramel but with a hint of roastiness, which gives way way to a persistent and pleasant hop dryness that lingers through the tapered finish. The body is quite acceptable---moderate---and is again a nice balance of liveliness and substance. Overall, this is quite pleasant---not truly distinctive in any fashion, but certainly thoughtfully crafted.
eaglefan538 (3020) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like these Speakeasy bottles with the eyeballs at the top. This was a pretty good amber ale, reminded me somewhat of combination of Rogue’s American Amber and their Red. Poured deep amber / copper in color with a substantial initial head that subsided but laced well. The aroma was of strong hops and caramel, and the flavor followed suit. A strong showing of malt and hops in this one, but balanced. If noble hops were used, I’d dig this, but I’d just go for an Altbier in that case.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden amber with very little white head. Nice hops aroma. Finishes a bit watery.
OldMrCrow (2364) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 From the bottle.
Pours a lovely tawny red-brown with a nice head. The aroma is strong on floral piney hops (quite strong for the style -- which is very nice.) The flavor melts an ample helping of toasty malt with a strong bitter and floral hop flavor that leads into a long and very dry finish.
This is a lovely beer, and it’s enough to make me reconsider my biases against amber ales. Upon a second visit, I’m equally as impressed. This one is a Mac-and-Jacks killer.
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Clear, dark amber color with a small, tight head. Aromatic-nutty-hoppy aroma with some caramely malt. Bitter and quite hoppy, nutty and malty, slightly sour flavor with a bitter, but not very dry finish. Medium-bodied, slightly fizzy-carbonated palate. A nice one.
jrob21 (3395) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle smuggled back from VA. Nice hops aroma at the beginning. Maltier than a pale ale but not malty enough for a full ale. Well balanced but a little thin. Green fruits in the taste and a bit of a sour finish.