Terminus (3480) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-another thanks to hopdog for this fine amber ale. this beer poured orange with a small sudsy white head. this beer looks light for an amber ale thats for shure. could qualify for an esb, but we will get into the reasons why here later. aroma has nice earthy hops, toasted grains, acidic yeast, light pine and leafy hops. wow, flavors are pretty hoppy, moreso than the aroma suggests-pine, light grapefruit, and lightly citric (lemon) with some reasiny/sappy notes as well. nice medium body with a full feal. slightly over-carbonated, but it actually did ok for this beer. lots of malt sweetness to balance out the onslaught of leafy hops. nice clean yeast notes once again balance out the hops and put things all together. For me, this seems a little too light on the malt bill for an amber. not really any caramel sweetness. This is not a bad thing, but this beer definately would pass as an ESB in most cases due to its hops. . The resiny finish becomes more bitter over time. The full mouthfeal with all these piney/resiny hops almost makes this beer taste like a mini barleywine (think a watered down bigfoot). All in all, troegs is 3/3 and i have one of their beers left to sample.
cazort (558) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really dislike the smell, but the minute this one hits your tongue that changes. Very rich flavour: very hoppy, but the hops are more aromatic than bitter. A warm, mildly sweet flavour, quite a lot of maltiness. Very full tasting, balanced. This was a very pleasant beer; something about it is innovative; I wouldn’t say it really tastes like anything else I’ve tried. Also, oddly, my rather mundane meal (just heated up leftovers) tasted absolutely fantastic with this beer.
jdjuice (493) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - OCT 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice pour, reddish gold color with a slightly tan head. Nice pine aroma, sticks around for the taste. Nice balanced weight, pine and hops arel dominant at first taste, then melts away for an extremely smooth finish. The finish is very nice.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brilliant golden color with a white head. Aroma of pine, mandarin oranges, and pine. Smooth, creamy mouth feel. Upfront this is quite hoppy, with notes of grapefruit and pine. The initial hoppiness is balanced with a nice maltiness, making for a well balanced finish. Outstanding.
omhper (22606) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Reddish amber, near no head. Lycheelike hop aroma. Roasty and dry with firm, clean, rounded mouthfeel that turns somewhat soapy in the end. Really hoppy, yet fairly balanced. Lingering bitter finish. A solid beer that scores high for being tasty and drinkable, but does not score the extra points for originality.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Aroma seemed just ordinary mild hops. Nice amber body and off white head. Some lacing. Flavor was week at first but some balance of sweet malts came through in the finish. Drinkable and smooth.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer, great flavor. Real nice citrus notes along with some maltiness. Although it is called "hopback" it is not overly hoppy.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear effervescent amber with a small off-white head. Clean hop aroma. Taste is citrusy hops, with a touch of sweetness and a very clean finish. Tastes just a few hops shy of an APA. Very drinkable amber ale... an excellent session brew.
walleye (1088) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
from the bottle . poured a nice amber with a off white head. aroma hops, and a small amout of malts, a touch of citrus like lemon, floral. flavor gotta like the hops nice and mild and the malts blend in there nicely.satisfied the hop craving.
EKGoldings (626) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2007 I find a big difference if the beer is fresh v.s. aged. At its best, this is a nicely hopped ale where the hops win the battle with the malt. Hopping is quite nicely done.