realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured a clear amber red color with a nice size head and good lacing. Aromas of sweet caramel malts and citrus hops. Has a good balance with a firm bitterness. Has a dry hoppy finish with the alcohol out of the picture.
Goblincat (398) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber color with an off-white head. Hops, citrus, and malt hit the nose. Nice hoppy taste, with not too much bite. Smooth, but not much other flavor than the hops. Still, quite refreshing.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had from 12 oz. bottle from Total Wine and More. Pours standard amber color of an amber ale, good tan/off-white head, nice carbonation and lacing. Aroma is pretty standard amber with tons of malts, bread, caramel, and faint addition of hops. Taste is well balanced, perhaps just a bit too many malts for my liking. Would have liked just a little more hop bitterness to even it out. Flavor is mostly sweet, malty, hints of some caramel, but just not enough hops for me. A good amber ale though. Very representative of the style. Nothing extreme or out of the ordinary.
MarkBarnes (394) - 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.
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.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from New Seasons - Very nice aroma. A bit malty to the taste, but has a very pleasant drinking sensation. Caramel flavor, and has more hops than Lamar Odom.
944play (380) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Clear red-orange with small, lasting, irregular, foamy top. Mild citrus and warm grain aroma. Sharp mineral character underscores a crunchy bitterness, but subtle caramel provides some balance. Finishes clean if a little less than bright.
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep burnt orange/brown body with a thin beige head. Wonderfully floral aroma with notes of pine, grapefruit and a malt sweetness as well. Well balanced hop bitterness and caramelly malt sweetness. Very smooth finish.
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.
ffaoe (369) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
slight hop aroma. dark amber in color with good head. taste is slightly hoppy with a slight malt flavor.