kaserov (979) - Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 15, 2017 ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Valentine’s 2013 bomber, drunk 2/17/13.
Fresh pine and candied citrus notes greet the nose the second the cap pops off. Smells good, especially if you like PNW hops. Pours to a fluffy, off-white head on top of a "beautiful crimson color"ed body. Clear.
Toasted malt flavors mix with tangy grapefruit and resin hop notes. It’s funny, I haven’t had an AleSmith beer in probably, wow......5 years?? They don’t have the stuff on draught in Boston and if you only drink at bars (cut-out buying rare/expensive bottled beer for the past 5 years), you never get to drink it (and I can’t open the old bottles I have because they’re worth more than my goddamned car now (just kidding, I don’t have a car)).
Ahem, anyways, I’ve never loved AleSmith for their hoppy offerings (crazy, I’m sure) and this isn’t really any different for me. But the quality hasn’t gone down, that I can tell. Now that I’ve lifted my ban on rare/expensive bottled beer, Speedway is high on my list to go try again. Hopefully that stuff is as good as ever.
As a sidenote, the beer is filtered, which most beers that have to be shipped across the country in large number are. I used to get pretty up-in arms about filtration, and while in a perfect world, beer should never be filtered, no matter the style, having a little more insight in to the industry allows you to appreciate that it is a necessity quite often.
So there ya go, I still enjoy going off on long tangents about nothing, in reviews. While I’ll probably never buy this again (nothing against the beer, just more a milestone (always like to try AleSmith beers that I haven’t before)), it’s nice to see this on the shelves in Boston. And now for the numbers, which I have almost no interest in entering, for whatever reason.
Color ámbar oscuro, rojizo si le da la luz, opaco debido a su turbidez, con capa de espuma de un blanco amarronado de tres dedos de grosor (muy buena retención). Carbonatación suave. Textura oleosa. Aroma herbal, floral, con algo de naranja, malta caramelizada, malta tostada y reminiscencias de chocolate. Sabor a malta caramelizada, malta tostada, reminiscencias de chocolate y frutos secos, naranja, toques herbales y florales (este último menos remarcado que en aroma). Final que recuerda a algún licor pero sin ser alcohólico, es más una sensación. Postgusto algo simplón, mi única pega. Para una cerveza de 6,6% y que lleva embotellada desde diciembre de 2016, tengo poco negativo que decir. Alesmith no fallan y esta Amber Ale es otra delicia muy compleja. chucklemation (1759) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Pours a dark amber with a white foam head. Aroma is biscuit, toast, nut, and caramel. Flavor is similar, somewhat dry. Has some carbonation and a medium body. Pretty good. meccahh69lol (349) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2017
while boom boom poops, the soils goops! Behold ye a strange and fortuitous brew! One that is bloody when so is you! The smell is round, malty, oaty, rucksack. The appearance is darkest cherry soda. The taste is a mix of heavy dump malt, burnt caramel, and the thin fountain cherry soda. Rather pleasant if unremarkable. Good for a Dinner for Breakfast, Sexy tied off halter top, Green poop celebration kinda eve. hauxe (927) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2017
Pours dark amber from the bottle. The head is thick and frothy. Aroma is a mix of caramel and red berry. An interesting mix that works, unfortunately, more nauseating than pleasant for my taste. Taste is very sweet up front, turning tart, then finishing with a dry, mild bitterness. Finishes warm and lightly alcoholic. Body is thick and rich. Overall a wonderfully complex but ultimately cloying effort that fails to grow on me. HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 25, 2017
March 12, 2015 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs and mabel - bomber. Looks perfect - bright and deep ruby with a large lasting tan creamy head. Pale ale aroma with light rye and extra roast - lush, and a bit acidic. Taste is like a drier ESB with some resin bitterness, a little sweet but the bitterness increases. Slick, light, airy, medium finish - a bit of a black IPA linger - mild roast and green resin bitterness. Decent.
mmmeinike (302) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Dark amber almost brown with a fizzy light tan head. Toffee/caramel, toasted and hoppy arola. Taste of dries fruit, caramel, hops and sweet bread. thecleyman (25) - - JUN 18, 2017
Very strong Amber taste. A bit too strong for me, but it has a nice dark color and a sweet bottle.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone orbit (220) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2017
Very nice and smooth beer, very deep and nice amber colour and strong sweet aroma, beer that you would definitely drink more of! Nisse666 (7966) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2017
Bomber from Beer Gonzo cons 2017-06-14 Uddingston
AR: old buttery, tropical fruity, grape fruit
AP: ruby, stouty cream beige lid
F: bitter, tropical fruity, citrusy, pine, bitter dark chocolate PorterPounder (8267) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2017
Brought back from San Francisco by my son - thanks! Hazy, tea-colored pour, bone colored head, nice lacing. Aroma has a very solid sweetness to it with some juicy fruit gum candy-like notes. Solid flavor, some caramel sweetness, hints of cherry fruitiness. light underlying citrus bitterness, Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Solid amber ale, as expected from Alesmith.