BrianG (44) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear, dark amber with off white head. Slight citrus aroma. Very smooth with a little hop aftertaste. Very good.
can8ianben (1458) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 Sweet and refreshing although not as hoppy as I would have liked. Got what I wanted from the dopplebock from Troegs.
Rerate: much better than I remember. Sweet malt profile is balance by a pleasant bitterness. Good stuff. Not sure why I thought this was a bock.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium amber in color with a small white head. Some lacing. Fresh citrus hop and caramel malt aroma. Medium bodied. Crisp hop flavors throughout with a nice malt balance. Really one of the better amber ales I have had.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 poured a deep golden copper with creamy 1/2 inch head and smelled slighltly sweet and grainy. flavors where of citrus and unripe melon with a moderate hoppiness. there was even a little sweetness to the flavor at first. a decent beer.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed this very much. Poured a bit darker then straight amber. Nice fully off white head. Aroma of caramel and some grapefruit hops. Tasted like caramel and spruce. Good hop after taste. This was great.
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong citrus hoppy nose, small white head, non-translucent brown orange. Crisp citrus flavor with a moderate carbonaton bite. Nicely done.
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is hoppy (floral and grapefruity), and malt sweet. A medium bodied amber. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral. The hop flavors shows up a little late in the taste. It’s a little malty to start and hoppy to finish. Nice balance transformation. Full flavored amber; wish all amber had this much flavor. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Bert/Slob. 12oz bottle. NB worthy glass. 53.5°. Reddish orange with 1/4" in off white headwhich subsides quickly leaving a ring of foam around the glass. Nice lacing. Grapefruit hops aroma some malt sweetness. Taste jumps right into hops,first floral, then grapefruit and citrus later. The taste is pretty well bitter throughout with a long lasting bitter finish. After getting halfway through the beer, I adjusted to the hops and a very slight malt backbone appeared with a touch of sweetness to offset the bitterness. Good beer, and I love hoppiness in beer, but it could use a bit more balance. This is really more of an american IPA than an amber ale.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is one of my favorite styles and I was greatly disappointed by the beer. Great dark rich amber color, but no head. Surprisingly little malt for an amber, surprisingly little body. Lots of good hoppy bitterness, and an interesting sweet caramel finish underlying the bitterness. A disconcerting sour taste was present as well. But, despite this different flavors, my principal impression was — nothing. Too thin in the mouth. Too little intensity. No integration or integrity, just odd disconnected sensations, in a vast empty hole in beer space. OK, if I wanted citrus hoppyness in an amber I would be very happy to have another HopDevil. This amber, though, was drain pour.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 (12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with jasonp, thanks Jason!) This is very lemony smelling for beer, reminiscent of Lemon Pledge or something. I wonder how well it cleans the furniture, as I should be doing more cleaning and less beer drinking. NAHHHHH! Flavorwise, this is an odd amber. It’s not especially flavorful, and it’s just not all that malty for the style. Citrusy, mildly bitter and fresh tasting hops is also quite prevalent in the flavor, with a mild, bready and lightly sweet maltiness providing a lighter base. I think it tastes a little like detergent. Medium bodied, with a fairly clean palate. Medium to light amber in color with a slight haze. Off-white head slowly recededs to a thin layer and leaves a few spots of lace on the glass. Not bad, but apparently this just isn’t my type of amber. Needs more of a malt presence.