steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2004 the aroma punched me! i smiled! dark, brick red appearance. oh, God. nice balance. caramel maltiness and floral, a little pine and a squeeze of citrus that reminds me of orange peel, and bitterness to swim with. smooth. not thick. not too thin. me like. this is a really good beer. UPDATE 6/20/2004 (downrated), stem glass: honey/reddish brown body with a lingering off-white head. upon opening the bottle there is an immediate aroma of citrus like lemon. after pour, the aroma becomes more sedated and rides on top of doughy caramel. a little bit creamy, a bit rich, a little bit acidic like lemon, and mostly malty. this is good.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap san francisco:
dark amber brown color with a loose frothy head. pretty hoppy and a nice nose of flowery hops and some bitterness. i think they did a great job balancing out the hop malt tast. i wouldnt call this a typical amber....tastes much more like a pale ale to me. but i like these beers....get out there and try 'em.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2004 Found some new ones at the store today. Very cool line by this brewery. Nice bottles that are painted, not just stuck with labels. I *think* there's a date stamp of "003," but I'm not sure. I can't think of what else that number would reference. And personally, if they're only going to put part of a date on a bottle I'm *far* more interested in the year than the month.
Pours a dark amber with a beautiful head and a great lace.
Smells amazingly hoppy. At first sniff I thought it was an IPA.The bottle claims the beer "...is a boldly hopped amber ale that strikes a perfect balance between caramel maltiness and its aggressibe hoppings." Amber my butt lips, this is a Pale Ale in the tradition of Sierra Nevada.
Tastes wonderfully hoppy but not really bitter. There's something else there that is interestingly intriguing, but I really can't put my finger on it. It also seems to be missing something.
Mouthfeel takes a bit of a dive because of what it's missing. It almost tastes watered-down but it's not. Plenty of carbonation. It's just...well, missing something. Granted, I'm comparing it to SN, but there's just something about this that's keeping the mouthfeel weak.
Drinkability is great. I could easily drink these all night long.
This is a really good beer that I recommend. It's a lot like Seirra Nevada Pale Ale but different; a bit more hoppy but good in its own right.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice darker amber color,small off white ehad that lasted for a decent amount of time and left a nice lace as well.Malty caramel aroma with a nice hop showing citrus and pine as well coming through as i swirl this nice brew around in the glass.Nice caramel taste in the front then it changes to hops grapefruit and a light pine forest taste.Leaving a nice citrus,mild bitter hop after taste.This is a nice brew and easy to drink,I guess by reading the bottle i was expecting a bigger hop presence but this one was lighter then i figured which makes it a nice easy brew for drinking a lot of in a short time.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Overall good amber. That's what it is though, an amber. Hazy amber. Lacks a little body. High quality ingredients.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown amber. Integumented head with wispy tendrils. Or something like that. Aroma is darkly malty with hints of rye bread and graham cracker. A little bit of peach--sort of like a peach cobbler. First taste is bittersweet but more emphasis on the sweet malt. The maltiness is tasty, but there is a bit of roasty/smokiness or embers here that is probably indicative of oxidation. Has plenty of the hop bitterness, but little of the flavor. Leaves a trace of bitterness and gingersnap on the palate. Somewhat interesting for the "style" but doesn't taste particularly clear or focused.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting blend between citrus and floral hops. Very grassy and almost a touch spicy - the malt is just enough to keep it highly drinkable but there is nothing too fantastically original going on. Not to say it isn't tasty, but there are many an IPA in the region that can boast the same.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark golden with a thick puffy white head. Pleasant hoppy aroma has hints of crystal malt. Body is dry, somewhat stale and uninteresting. The hop flavors promised by the aroma are mild and boring. Goes down smooth, but nothing to write home about.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11/27/03. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 10/15/03. Pours lightly hazy, dark honey amber color. Good, mostly dense but somewhat rocky, cream-colored head that lingers quite awhile with mediocre lacing. Beer looks pretty thick and slick. Nose is of bright, fruity hops and malt, honey and some biting berry. Also doughy. Very nice and enticing. Initial taste is lightly effervescent and suprisingly thin-bodied. Nice crisp bitterness and almost floral quality, but it fades pretty quickly. Quite drying, and slightly musty and dusty. Finish goes kind of flat and is only moderately long except for a very slight lingering bitterness without much character to it. A disappointment of a finish after a promising beginning. Somewhat surprised to find it was an amber ale and not a pale, but I guess it shares characteristics of both (though it is distinctly amber in color). Easy drinking, but not all that exciting.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy Aroma, nice amber color, vanilla head, this is a very highly hopped amber, malty crisp flavor, good bitter finish, nicely done.