Meilby (9451) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355ml @ Hotel room, The International Cozy Inn, New York, NY
Pours hazy copper with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, peach, citrus and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long peach and citrus finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Sammy (9447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well-hopped, aggressive attack of malts and carbonation on palate. Fine cooper amber colour. Light, good as IPA! Some pine aroma. Mid-sip sour grapefruit citrus, spices and nuttyness. Refreshing on hot day. Unique and very drinkable.
Dogbrick (9350) - 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.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. Pours a clear amber with a thin, white head that has some okay retention and no lacing. Aroma is caramel, floral hops. Taste is nice caramel malt, some lemon, dry hops, a bit earthy, toast, biscuit. Not bad. Nice bittering hops throughout.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - 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 (8836) - 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.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, 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.
3fourths (8554) - 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.
DocLock (8500) - 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 (8492) - 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.