Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Secret Santa beer #4, sent by Jason (Dorwart). Ever notice that many of the top Ambers on the site stretch the style’s limits? This one is no different. Amber/dark orange body, thin clumping off-white head. Cerealy aroma with light caramel and earthy hops. Flavor reminded me of many American Strong Ales but with less emphasis on alcohol; sweet cereals and caramel played off the earthy, somewhat piney hops. I’ve had beers just like this that were classified as IPAs. That said, there are so many beers out there just like this one. I like a maltier Amber Ale.
hershiser2 (1322) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber, no head. Lovely hop/citrus scent. Flavor is... malty, hoppy, and kinda sweet. Decent, but not my favorite.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a good amber color, with a decent head that had some retention. Decent lacing was seen when drinking this brew. The aroma is dominated almost exclusively by hops, mainly citrus with other smells present. The malt smell rounds out the aroma for an overall great smell. The taste stays true to the name as the citrus hops are taking over with the malts still making themselves known. Clean aftertaste with a slight bitterness and a good mouthfeel. Very easy drinking as I am on schedule to finish this 6 pack tonight. Another great beer by Tröegs.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A brilliant copper/amber color with a lasting, off-white head. Aroma is spicy hops, malt sugar, and toffee. Flavor is well-integrated hops into a slightly sweet, malt sugar, and caramel malt base. This is one of my favorite ambers I have ever had. I could really session this beer.
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whew, what a scent! First thing that hits you, very aromatic. The process (hop back vessel) gives exactly what they wanted. Good initail head that fades slowly to a lace on the glass. Flavor is like it smells, but not as strong. Very flavorful, but not something I could drink more than one at a time. Not exactly my thing but I can imagine a good following for this flavor.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. From Sampler. This one pours a large off-white head with excellent lacing and a nice clear amber color. Nose of caramel malt and baking cookies with light earthy hops (english hop?). Toffee and honey flavor make this one not much different than the Troeg’s Pale Ale. Some darker malts in this one, but an ok beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2872) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. I finally got back to my beer after a few days of gastritis (caused, no doubt, by the pitcher of swill from my previous rating). And found this beer, from my trade with DocLock, to be a nice mellow transition back to real beers.
Pours a big country cream head over a pretty amber body; the head turns rocky as it starts to fade. The hops are clearly of an American IPA mode, piney more than citrusey. The bitterness is pleasing more than bitter for its own sake, and matches up well with a smooth caramel malt. Kudos.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask @ Andy’s. Poured clear gold with a fluffy head from the hand pump. How is this not an IPA? Nice floral aroma with caramel and malt. Taste has an initial hop bite which is almost completely smothered in malty goodness. Not terribly sweet but a really well made beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is a light red stained oak. The head is big and lovely.
Solid caramel notes in the aroma behind a slightly floral and spicy hop mix.
This is delicious. Rich caramel covered fruits along with a spicy fresh floral hop profile. The hops are dazzling.
Moderate carbonation but an explosive head. Fantastic drinkability. I’d like some more.
Pailhead (5397) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma is all hops with grapefruit and pine. Pours a transparent amber with a small head that is quickly gone. Not much lacing. Flavor is an excellent balance between malt and hops. Extremely quick initial light sweetness quickly overtaken by moderate hops. Not much aftertaste. Great balance. Great beer.