3fourths (7859) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7820) - 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.
DocLock (7703) - 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.
MartinT (7677) - 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.
Dogbrick (7585) - 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.
jercraigs (7456) - 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
shrubber85 (7295) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper with a normal-sized white head. Pure hoppy aroma with some pale malt. Good light sweetness in the full body with a very nice crisp hop finish. A remarkably refreshing and clean amber. Thanks urbnhautebourg!
Ughsmash (7087) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured clear, deep amber with a short-lived cap of off-white head. The aroma had some juicy light-medium skinned fruits, grapefruit, and caramel.. well-hopped with sufficient maltage to back it up.. nice! The flavor had a bunch of fruit and caramel at the core with juicy grapefruit and some spicy bitterness around.. bright and lightly-toasted.. tasty! Light-medium bodied with a thicker middle and a short, grainy bitter finish.. a bit tacky at times, and the slightest bit stale. Still a solid beer overall.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a rich deep dark amber color with a medium sized light tanned colored head. The sweet smell of citrus hops meet the nose even while pouring, and upon closer inspection a light background of malt comes out. Lovely thick creamy body with a hint of sweetness. Very soft finish, and not nearly as much hoppy bitterness as I might like, especially given the aromas coming off the nose.