Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served ice cold draught at the Atherton Inn in State College, Pennsylvania. I had to down this pint in five minutes before heading out to a wedding. Hey, we all know that a little nip helps any wedding move along. The pint glass was also frosted. I’m sure that some flavors were lost due to the cold, but I still sensed that this was indeed a tasty brew. The hops (as the name suggests) were very strong. Before coming to ratebeer, I thought for sure that this was an IPA - goes to show what I know. The bitter hops, which were quite fruity and pleasant, were well-balanced by the sweet malt. Felt a little syrupy on the tongue but that may have been due to the extreme chill this was served under. All in all, another beer Pennsylvania should be proud of.
MrBunn (2643) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice hops and lemon aroma, good looks (very red), great frothy head. Flavor is a bit too dependent on hops, though, and doesn’t finish quite as nicely as I would have expected from this one.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Santa! Pours a clear amber color, small vanilla white head. Aroma is of wonderful citrusy hops, lemons and oranges. Bready malt as well. Flavor is sweet hops, just loaded, A little bit of caramel malt balances the brew out quite nicely.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Office in Morristown, NJ: Poured a amber/copper color with a diminishing off white head. Aromas were piney hops and some caramel notes. Flavor was generally roasted malt and caramel, decent amount of hops as well.
mephisto (1284) - TAIWAN - JUL 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
amber color w/ quickly disappearing biege head. huge floral aroma of hops. hoppy but well balanced.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2005 this amber ale has the strongest hop flavor i’ve ever tasted forit’s style. feels more like an ipa than anything else
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chewy caramel accented by a citrusy orange. Sweet base, but it’s subdued by a roasty edge. Not as "hoppy" as I expected.
waeltzy (53) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy delicious aroma. Nice golden brown amber color. Spicy citrus cake flavor with beautiful hops and a very nice malt balance. Very hoppy.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid hops with apricot and citrus flavors. Hint of alcohol flavor a bit distracting, but cuts right through spicy food. Almost grapefruity bite at the tip of the tongue. Nice to look at, a bright amber color with decent light head.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 12 oz bottle at the Mondial. Moderately clear, bright amber with a touch of lasting head...Cascade hops dominate the nose but there are also big handfuls of just-ripe blueberries and light bready yeast...beautifully creamy body, sweet and fruity with no alcohol presence, lots of caramel and a hint of tar and cigar smoke to finish. Quite nice.