neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear copper with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has notes of caramel and toffee, along with delicate lemon and citrus, grass and a touch of pine. The flavour is moderately bitter throughout with mostly pine notes but some grass; this is paired with caramel malty and grainy notes for balance. The finish is long and hoppy with a moderate delicate bitterness. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a decent amber ale but the hops could be more complex. 2014-04-27
nuplastikk (4901) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-copper body. Foamy, frothy off-white head. A pretty decent amber, but not really hoppy enough to put hop in the title if you ask me. Still pretty much a malt showcase, with a decent amount of depth attached to the amber malt. Caramel malt. Pretty decent Amber I guess.
Nehpets (23) - - APR 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a slight disappointment. Almost not sure if it wants to be an amber or an IPA.
ludhaber (85) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good hop aroma with a subtle background of malt. Hop and malt are pretty well balanced. The texture is good with some butter cut by hop acidity. The taste is balanced, just a little bit heavy on the hop bitters.
bigben873 (153) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber color, light head, very hoppy, but not a harsh finish. March madness 2014.
mnmike (1052) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s an amber, and for that style it is good - but the hopback name makes it seem like there’d be more hops aroma.
solidfunk (4846) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not sure why this is rated that high. A relic of years past when this sort of slightly hoppy amber was groundbreaking. Pours red with OK head and lacing. Soft carbonation. Some stale hops with a very light citrus dose. Light bitter finish. Tap at a Caps game - I’m just happy I’m not drinking bud light.
ScipioA (365) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out into a glass true-to style: an appealing deep red/amber with an off-white head. Muted hop aroma, mainly piney. The hops provide mostly bitterness as opposed to flavor, which is given over to the caramel malts. Almost roasted. Palate is thick but with surprisingly harsh carbonation and an overly-dry finish. OK beer and one of the more interesting Ambers I’ve had.
ESPh (94) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nicely with a white head and copper color. Aroma is a little sweet, nutty. Nice malt flavor with a grapefruit like hop finish. Low carbonation. Nice beer.
klk343 (102) - - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear dark amber color with a frothy of white head. Not much of a smell. A bitter aftertaste. A good beer.