beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear ambery brownish hue, glowing strong, thin yellowish white creamy foamed head, faded fast, some spotty lace. Soft, faint aroma of caramel, citrusy-orange, light hoppy pineness, tight but light. Taste of smooth caramel, sweet roasty malts start then leading into a light piney, citrusy floral fresh mild hop bite and bitterness. Reminds me more of a pale then an amber, but dulled with much more malts. Feel is medium bodied, creamy, and partially thin. I don't know what to think of this one, I thought for a second, cuz of the name, it was an IPA, but nope, whatever it is, its pretty damn drinkable stuff, quite enjoyably smooth.
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: This one poured an absolutely crystal clear orangish-amber color. It had a decent head, but it went down rather quickly. Decent amount of lacing. Grapefruit hops and some spices to the nose. Very smooth and dry to the taste. It has a good hop bite, with a good malt backbone. Even a hint of sweetness in the background. Very Nice!
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2007 Pours a deep red amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of Pacific NW hops and pepper, very nice. Flavor has notes of toasted malt, caramel, some grapefruit, pine and citrus. Spicy and refreshing, this is one of the standards that I keep coming back to. Love those whole flower hops. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with moderate carbonation. Good head retention. Most amber ales are so boring that you just want to kill yourself. Such is not the case with this beer.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy pine, cinnamon and wood aroma, with a slightly thick palate and a rich flavor of cedar with a lot of malt character. Finishes a little low-key, losing flavor at the end.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Although I don't understand the process, my mouth appreciates the HopBack Vessel and the whole flower hop method. Delicious and deeper than an IPA (which is what the brew smells like)...definitely multidimensional than the ordinary amber, tons-o-malt, ale. Spicy aroma of fresh floral/citrus hop blend. First sip has a quite dry palate. As I tasted more, it became more sticky and lasting. Perfectly done...I swear I tasted rye in the finish.
TAR (2453) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brilliant coppery peach. Fat, sticky, rocky off-white head. Sweet pine cone aromas adorned with a lush glazed malt base. Lemon oil, toasted nuts, graham, and jellied fruit whispers. Soft mouthfeel. Amply fluffy, creamy carbonation. Explosively jellyish right away with light acididity leaving a trail of piny hops and softly sweet malts. Hops become more peppery than piney at mid-stage and the malt toastiness fades into a rounded, flavorsome blend of passion fruit and spicy anise. Immensely minerally, round, bready finish with honeysuckle, jellied fruits, citrus, and hop leaf snippets. Pine notes and glazed, bready malts coat the tongue as they linger well past the finish. Impeccably balanced with a creamy palate, lovely foam retention, and delectable spicy hop/bready malt tandem. Absolutely luxurious. Thanks, boto!
Jaysus (17) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recently had the cask version of this ale, and it was fantastic. Beautiful orange pour with a thick, light tan head that jest seemed as if it refused to let go of the glass (unreal lace). The hop profile hits the nose like a hammer, and the tongue like a pillow. Extremely drinkable, unfortuantley I had to limit myself as I was driving.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale but somewhat amber color, head is ok,Aroma is malt and some hops. Tastes of malt and spicy hops, but not as hoppy as I hoped for. Body can be a little thin too.Overall, this decent stuff but not as good as their Oatmeal Stout.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2005 Great color and clarity. The fluffy,orange-white head is very complementary to the clear,orange-gold colored body.The nose is bursting with the smell of...Pale Ale. Hmm...now for a sip. This is very borderline Amber/pale with very distinguishable qualities of both. Great balance between the citrus taste of the hops and carmel malt aftertaste. Muy refreshing!
Philijams (5) - USA - JAN 25, 2004 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Comparatively kind of neutral in aroma and flavor. Nice carmel color. Wouldn't drink too many as taste becomes tedious.