allendodd (117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber Ale: "A style without definition." OK. I can do this. Pours a golden-brown (some might call it "amber"), with a thin and quickly dissipating head. Initial nose is great big hoppy and the first taste is the juniper-hops. The malt sweetness isnít really enough to pull this one back from the brink, but it does finish with a better balance than the initial taste was suggesting that it would. Not so bad/not so great. Iím not going to buy another 6 of this unless I forget that Iíve had it before, but itís not all that bad.
HarvestrOfBeer (22) - , Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty decent winter warmer style ale. Nice body and head. Not wimpy but not abusive either. Good session beer for when the temps are lower.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber pour with a thin head.
aroma is citrus fruit hop, biscuity malt, some light caramel.
flavour is citrus hop over toasted bread maltiness.
Finish is slightly dry.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite winter seasonals. Nice birght spice flavors immediately hit the tongue then you get a nice malty backbone with a touch of alcoholic kick to it.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours amber orange with a thin white head. Aroma is heavy on citrus hops. Taste is sweet caramel malts with a bitter citrus finish. Heavily hopped for an amber ale yet the flavors balance well.
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from 12 oz bottle. Aroma of piney hopsl. Smells extremely hoppy for an amber ale. Pours amber with a medium head, beautiful lacing. Taste is woody. Starts a little sweet, finishes bitter, cheesy (!!!). Tastes more like a pale than an amber but I suppose labels arenít important.
MarySueDrinks (2) - Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, really balanced sweet and hoppy taste, very drinkable with heavy holiday foods (I chose chicken wings).
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 12 oz bottle from TC Craft. Cloudy, orange pour with a head that leaves nice lacing. Fruity aroma and a sweet, fruity hoppy flavor. Finish is a nice bitter hoppy bite on your palate.
kangaroo (67) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice red. Great citrus hops smell. The flavor is citrus and pine hops well balanced by the roasty malt. Like a winter IPA but red. Very enjoyable. Leaves behind some lovely lacing.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a red orange with a moderate off-white head. Has a sharp hoppy aroma, with lots of mandarin orange and grapefruit citrus. Flavor is a bit of toasty sweet, fruity malt, with a pine and grapefruit hop finish. An above average winter warmer with a nice balance of sweetness and hops. Iím surprised itís classified as an amber ale considering this is hopped up to IPA levels.