Slipstream (2423) - USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to one of my cousins for bringing this to our Thanksgiving celebration. Sweet, full aroma. Malty, but well-bittered too. A hearty and hoppy brew that is just right for the late autumn. I am surprised to see it is an amber, since I usully don’t like those.
puboflyons (3014) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle stamped 08:22NH-OCT 13 11. The pour is a darker olive-amber with a fizzy but short lived head. Decent clarity. The aroma tends to bring out the hops more than the malts, sugar, and yeast but it is nothing like an IPA in that regard. It just has a better than average hop presence. The body is medium. The taste has a quick, up front caramel malt character followed more swiftly by a bitter hop bite.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong flavors and aromas of hops and candy caramel. One of the smoothest and easiest drinking (almost too easy) winter brews I have tasted. Definitely a prime choice for those holiday parties. Not heavy and certainly to compliment well with ham or wild game dinners!
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - hoppy, faint sweetness;
Appearance - brown, extremely thick fluffy head, laces very well;
Taste - sharp hop front, sweet maltiness mixes into the back, finish is mild for the style though has a long lasting bitterness;
Palate - light crispness, nice body;
Overall - unique, well built, almost like a liquid candy cane.
jcos (1779) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle on November 28th, 2011.
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish copper.
Aroma: Aroma is mostly of hop bitterness, some pine.
Taste: Taste is light bitter, then sweet, then a heavier bitter finish.
Palate:Medium light body, shorter finish.
Summary: A decent version of the style...somehow, 1 of the 2 other raters I know rated this within the same 10 minutes of me, yet we are many states away. Weird.
ben4321 (5551) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 11/28/11, Rating # 1988, the Doug Williams Super Bowl Year!
Aroma: The nose is somewhat fruity, there’s some pine hops, and some caramel malts
Appearance: A clear dark orange-brown color with a lasting creamy beige head and heavy lacing
Flavor: The taste is fairly balanced between the medium sweetness and medium hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, with a fairly creamy feel to it, a soft carbonation, and a semi-dry finish
This is a solid beer. It has a good balance to it and a pretty decent mouthfeel. It isn’t an amazing offering, but it is solid enough.
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear, deep amber body. Fuzzy. off-whitye head. Raw, leafy hop aroma on top of caramel malts. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Raw grain taste with a lingering bitterness and sweet caramel taste. More hop flavor than many amber ales.
Ron (3504) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber with a foamy light tan head. Aroma of light caramel malt with some light citrus and pine. The flavor is a blend of bitter hops and lightly sweet caramel malt with no alcohol taste. Medium body with average carbonation and a clean finish. A lot of hops for an amber.
jb (2871) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boring after some of the others I sampled at McGregors. Amber, orange-ish, nice head, retention. Vegetable broth nose, spicy, decent taste and smell, which are similar, but can’t place the unusual note.
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 10.31.11, with "A prost: To making the green light" printed under the cap. Pours bright orange and copper with a medium foamy light brown head that leaves thick lacing. Aromas of sweet pine and ripe tropical fruit (papaya, guava), sugar, and dough. The flavor is sweet malt and pine, overripe fruit, sugar, and an earthy/bitter pine finish. Medium body, slightly warming, and a bit dry. Tasty, a nice seasonal warmer.