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 (3027) - 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 (2403) - 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 (3433) - 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.
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Henry’s in Portland. Very rich brownish amber color, light off-white head that doesn’t hang around. Very fresh hops on the nose, and a little bit of caramel malt under them. The dominant note on the tongue is definitely the super-fresh, floral hops, though. Body’s a little thin, but balanced enough that the hop delivery mechanism is completely sound. One of the freshest, most plant-like, botanically-correct hop flavors I’ve had in a beer in a while.
jcwattsrugger (12185) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle-pours a foamy to rocky tan head with cloudy copper color. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is caramel malt then medium hops. Dry and OK carbonation.
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Not bad, but was very grainy for my mouth. It also had a refreshing citrus flavor. Slight bitter finish.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice somewhat sweet flavor and great amber color. pleasant aroma, not too thick or thin, first speakeasy one we’ve tried, will try more