ElGaucho (2371) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma initially has some similarities to wet cardboard, but hops come through on second and third whiff. Clear amber body with lots of streaming carbonation. Creamy, off-white head. Excellent lace and lasting head. Piney dry hop profile with some chalk. Needs some more sweetness. Somewhat unbalanced in favor of bitter. A little thin. Lacks in malty sweetness. Nice session quality as it warms; the hops subdue.
CamdenD (1161) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wish more amber ales were like this one and not just combine ales. Full round taste full of hops and character. Almost more like a dark pale ale. Nice stuff.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice clear amber color with a normal amount of white head. Aroma is very hoppy, citrucy, and floral, more like a pale ale than an amber. Flavor is a creamy balance of sweet malts and citrusy hops that I found to be very very enjoyable. I wish I had another.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light hazelnut color, creamy greenish off-white head, lots of lacing. Nose is nicely hopped with citrusy, earthly characteristics. Also a bit malty. Very efficient lure as MartinT would put it. The flavor is creamy, bal;anced with a medium body and mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness in the tail and a nice rounded flavor. Clean.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty nice amber ale overall, but obviously nothing extraordinary. Pours a light amber with a slight head that leaves a lasting film. Aroma is citrusy and piney with a good medium malt presence. Flavor is moderately malty with some crystal malts and hoppy with notes of citrus, pine and some orangy flavors. Has more of an earthy dry bitterness in the end which seems a bit harsh.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber with a hint of red. Small head with some lacing. Floral and fruity nose with a good caramel backing. A touch of nutmeg. Flavor is mostly malty with fruity hops. Spice comes back lightly. Thin bodied with a bitter fruitiness at the end. Good malt body.
boto (2041) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle: This is a little interesting. The beer pours a somewhat hazy amber color. Mine didn’t have too much head to it. The aroma is quite nice. It is a bit spicy, malty and citrusy, nicely balanced between the three. The taste is quite good also. There is a decent caramel maltiness to it, with a but of a hop bite also. Somewhat spicy taste also. This is well done and easy to drink. Thanks, Jay!
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The hoppiness in this beer is more in the nose than the bitterness. Otherwise, the hops lened more of a spiciness and woody character instead of plain old bitterness. Most likely dry-hopped extensively.
MarkBarnes (402) - Waterville, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper pour, nice lacing on the glass. Delicious aroma of citrus and spice; "aggressive" hoppiness (as the brewer says) could be better balanced with stronger malty undertones -- as a result, it has a somewhat surprising lightness to it. Hop bitterness and spiciness linger long after the glass is empty. Would make a good session beer. I like this quite well and will look for it again.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a wonderful smelling beer. Great aroma, just makes you want to taste it. Flavor is fairly good. Not as long lasting of flavor as I like, but a really nice beer