ABUSEDGOAT (2538) - 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 (1323) - 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 (2284) - 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 (7054) - 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.
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Lighter than your typical amber ale. It has a pleasant sweet smell like molasses cookies. There really was no lacing and showed an interesting yellowish-brown head. What I thought stood out most was a nice bitter aftertaste similar to an IPA. It was loaded with lots of carbonation and a general woody taste. Pretty good.
IndianaRed (3556) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Pours a clear orange/amber with a nice off white head . Lacing is chunky and coarse. Sweet bread like aromas. Strong woody flavors and quite bitter. Quite thin feel. Cardboard aftertaste. Glad to have tried it.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a slightly hazed amber color with a huge (too big) off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops on top with caramel maltiness underneath. Flavor is sweet with more citrus/grapefruit covering up most of the malt (this is not a bad thing) Finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Fizzy mouthfeel becomes a detractor from an other wise very nice beer. Other slight flaw is a touch of "metalic" taste.
Ratman197 (12814) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured a clear amber with an off white head. Aromas of sweet malt, carmel and a hint of citrus. Palate was a little on the thin side. Flavors of malt, and carmel with a mildly bitter finish. This is hardly what I would call boldly hopped!