bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong citrus hoppy nose, small white head, non-translucent brown orange. Crisp citrus flavor with a moderate carbonaton bite. Nicely done.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is hoppy (floral and grapefruity), and malt sweet. A medium bodied amber. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral. The hop flavors shows up a little late in the taste. It’s a little malty to start and hoppy to finish. Nice balance transformation. Full flavored amber; wish all amber had this much flavor. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Bert/Slob. 12oz bottle. NB worthy glass. 53.5°. Reddish orange with 1/4" in off white headwhich subsides quickly leaving a ring of foam around the glass. Nice lacing. Grapefruit hops aroma some malt sweetness. Taste jumps right into hops,first floral, then grapefruit and citrus later. The taste is pretty well bitter throughout with a long lasting bitter finish. After getting halfway through the beer, I adjusted to the hops and a very slight malt backbone appeared with a touch of sweetness to offset the bitterness. Good beer, and I love hoppiness in beer, but it could use a bit more balance. This is really more of an american IPA than an amber ale.
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is one of my favorite styles and I was greatly disappointed by the beer. Great dark rich amber color, but no head. Surprisingly little malt for an amber, surprisingly little body. Lots of good hoppy bitterness, and an interesting sweet caramel finish underlying the bitterness. A disconcerting sour taste was present as well. But, despite this different flavors, my principal impression was — nothing. Too thin in the mouth. Too little intensity. No integration or integrity, just odd disconnected sensations, in a vast empty hole in beer space. OK, if I wanted citrus hoppyness in an amber I would be very happy to have another HopDevil. This amber, though, was drain pour.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 (12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with jasonp, thanks Jason!) This is very lemony smelling for beer, reminiscent of Lemon Pledge or something. I wonder how well it cleans the furniture, as I should be doing more cleaning and less beer drinking. NAHHHHH! Flavorwise, this is an odd amber. It’s not especially flavorful, and it’s just not all that malty for the style. Citrusy, mildly bitter and fresh tasting hops is also quite prevalent in the flavor, with a mild, bready and lightly sweet maltiness providing a lighter base. I think it tastes a little like detergent. Medium bodied, with a fairly clean palate. Medium to light amber in color with a slight haze. Off-white head slowly recededs to a thin layer and leaves a few spots of lace on the glass. Not bad, but apparently this just isn’t my type of amber. Needs more of a malt presence.
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Citrus aroma. Flavor of caramel and hops. Smooth, light palate.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber color - medium white head. Piney aroma. Flavor is lightly sweet with crisp hops and a bitter finish. Quenching and flavorful, moreso than most plain amber ales.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer pours a light ambery color with a thin white head which dissipated very quickly and little to zero lacing to speak of. The aroma is strong out of the bottle but very light on the nose...sweet and caramelly with malt, and a hint of pine cone and twigs. Very light and almost non-apparent as it warms (though I guess we could blame that on olfactory saturation :) ). The flavor is very light, with malts and caramels pretty much dominating, and a good hint of tickling carbonation. Sweet, very little bittering hop presence, save for the finish. Some fruity nectar in the finish. Medium to light bodied mouthfeel...i mean i did enjoy this beer...but I didn’t find anything about it which really stood out. It’s a solid beer, but a questionable amber ale.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich amber pour that appeared only lightly filtered at first but which cleared to support a fluffy golden head. Solid aroma of hops and malt that reminded me of Arrogant Bastard Ale. Some fruity notes in the aroma as well. Satisfying hoppy flavor with a good balance of bitterness and sweet citrus accents. Overall a very refreshing beer. I have to agree with those who think this is more of an IPA because it certainly has all the characteristics of a one - and a good one at that.
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.