Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask version at Fat Head’s in Pittsburgh. Pours a dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Thin and foamy lacing. The aroma is outstanding: Citrus hops, malt, caramel and fruit. Very smooth body, with a strong floral hops flavor, followed by malt and spice. The finish is slick and earthy hops and malt. This beer is definitely enjoyable on the cask, I’d like to try the bottled version too.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Deep amber coloured brew with a thick white head. Aroma is great... bright juicy hop aroma. Grapefruit and lots of spicy sweetness. A lovely caramel/cookie dough malt base with a hint of toast as well. Excellent balance. Tasty sweet citrus hops over a fresh biscuity malt base. Moderate bitterness, but loads of hop flavour.
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange peel, light white pepper, and caramel malt aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet caramel malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Very nice.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy pine, cinnamon and wood aroma, with a slightly thick palate and a rich flavor of cedar with a lot of malt character. Finishes a little low-key, losing flavor at the end.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Floral, spicy and citrusy hops proliferate atop and within biscuity cereals, leading this impressive Amber Ale to a balanced wooden hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam slowly disappears into the clear amber.
-Now this is an attractive nose for what is usually a mailed-in style. Bravo!
-Light caramelization accompanies the biscuity character, but doesn’t really bother.
-The mouthfeel is lean and quenching.
-The chosen hops and grain bill are really harmonious, which I find is not often the case in this often neglected, brew-by-numbers Amber Ales.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just got back from a tasting event at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA. I got to sample a freshly bottled one direct from the brewery in Harrisburg. This one pours deep amber in color, with an amazing hop aroma, with malt, grapefruit, and toffee overtones. Great head and lacing. The first taste is super hoppy, with a nice, slightly sweet malt flavor underneath. Finished very smooth, hoppy, malty, and crisp. To me, this was not an amber ale, but rather a great pale/IPA made with amber malts. I was so impressed that I took a case home with me. This one reminded me very much of Victory Hopdevil. I will do them side by side and report ASAP.
jercraigs (8294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-10-09. Dark amber body, small foamy beige head fades. Mild aroma of green leafy hops, touch of caramel malt. Flavour is lightly bitter, mild green leafy hops over smooth but modest sweet caramel malt, light toasty touches to the malt. Average plus palate is lightly carbonated. Decent, pleasantly quaffable but a touch muted overall. I suspect it has a bit more zip closer to the bottling date, but there is no best before on the bottle. Bottle from Premier Gourmet
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep red with nice lacing white head. Pine hops with a touch of caramel in the aroma. Taste is pine hops, some caramel, touch of metallic taste, and a slighty bitter finish.
DrSilverworm (7999) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from the troegs Anthology variety 12-pack. Clear ambery-red color, minimal head and lacing. Spicy hop aroma, but not too strong. Sharpish carbonation, but good texture. Decent amber, but if this is as good as they get, then I guess I don’t really find the style to be too interesting.
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to beerbill. Pours with a clear amber body and an off-white ring. Aroma is hoppy with caramel, and light tea notes. Taste is caramel, hoppy and pine. Creamy carbonation and light bubbles.