freekyp (1564) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 11, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2015 Flowery aroma with deep golden body and slight bubbly head. Strong floral hop aroma and flavor, but only lightly bitter. Ample medium malt body to prop it up. Finishes clean and produced some nice resiney hop burps. Probably the best Amber ale I’ve had, and far better on tap than in bottle. A standby for me.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light butterscotch color with a few hints of cranberry. Lots of bubbles on sides and bottom of glass, though grayish, beige head is not very large. Smells of an APA (think ¾ strength Sierra Nevada smell). Taste is grapefruit and vegetable hops: sweet, tart, spicy all at once. Aftertaste is bitter and slightly roasted. This is an above average APA with a wonderful assortment of flavors, each fully developed and tasty in their own right. I’m really starting to like this brewery and lucky for me I have 2 more of their brands to try in my fridge. Sampled from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine and Beverage in McLean, VA.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color, offwhite head. Aroma and flavor of fresh hops. Some malt. I like it.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
flowery hops aroma with a hoppy fruity flavor. It had a good feel to it.
Holdwine (1111) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sure looks like an amber, but this tastes more like a pale ale. Whatever it is, it is a great drink. Just enough caramel in the malt to keep this ale balanced. Very refreshing both in nose and taste.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted in Toronto, purchased from Cairo in DC. Deep amber colour, white light head. Intense hoppy scent, very very bitter with a slight floral and spicy nose. Flavour is more balanced, with a light spicy taste and bitter finish.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sparkling orange/amber color. Quickly diminishing off-white head. The aroma is dominated by a fruity hoppiness and subtle caramel maltiness. Hops really hit you on the swallow. Malt shines in the mid-taste. Med bodied and very lively on the tongue and in the mouth. The only think holding this one back from the next level is the carbonation, head vanishes very quickly and does not look quite perfect somwhow.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a clear amber body topped by a medium thick off-white head with good lacing. Sweet and grapefruity hop aroma with berry undertones and a very slight maltiness. Slightly sweet but mostly bitter hoppy flavor with a touch of grapefruit and a bitter hoppy finish. Medium bodied and dry.
EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 like the pale ale in its hop presence, but rounded out nicely in taste and mouthfeel with malt. affordable, wonderfully drinkable, really is more of a pale ale to me
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The complex aroma starts hoppy, then becomes malty. The flavor features lots of hop flavor and bitterness without astringence and ends with a long hop finish.