CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at the brewpub on 6/20/07: Pours a transparent light copper bronze with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Toasty caramel sweet aroma has a touch of graininess. Body starts with fizzy carbonation, light caramel malty sweetness and some bitter, soapy hop balance. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/20/2007troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2007
clear amber, fine beige head,
sweet buttery bread aroma,
light dyactyl slickness in the body,
lots of dyactyl flavor, touch of caramel, light balancing hops but the dyactyl takes control,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 6/20
(Tap) Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Taste is also sweet, and slightly astringent towards the end. Average mouthfeel, slightly under-carbonated. Hoppier than expected, but still a pretty average beer. AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2007
On tap Walter Paytons Roundhouse. Nice deep amber in color. Nose is sweet malt and a bit fruity. Medium in body and easy to drink. A nice amber. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2007
One of their better offerings, but I found this amber a bit flat, weakly hopped, a bit bit thin, and altogether underwhelming. Pours a very, very pale amber with a respectably voluminous head. The nose is slightly promising as far as PNW hopping. But I found the flavor and texture to be a disapointment...thin-bodied, lacking a robust malt sweetness, lacking a distinctly bitter hop bite, and very very flat. I’ll rerate if I ever get a fresh sample.
DrnkMcDermott (3136) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 Draft sampler, at Walter Payton’s Roundhouse, 11-Apr-07. Standard amber color, with a little denser haze than usual. Like all the beers here, it has a nice looking thin, lacy heads. Nice citrus hop taste for a beer with only 28 IBUs. Fruity caramel malts add to the package. They call it an APA here, but I’d agree it’s more of a well-made Amber.kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Randallized sample at GTMW (beer #9), 8-Aug-09. Very cloudy. Big chocolate and hops smell; they had accidentally run their chocolate blond through the Randall first, and the taste is definitely still there. Mouthfeel is nice and spritzy, it lingers on the mouth for a long time. I simply did not get much in the way of Randall hops. Since this was a mistaken mixture not likely to be repeated, I’m leaving my original rating standing.
Medium amber, smallish head. Malt aroma with some hops. Flavor is also balanced hops and malt. Solid amber ale. shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Sampled from tap on 11/10/2006 at Walter Payton’s Roundhouse in Aurora, IL...
Amber color and a nice balance of malt and hops. The flavor was mixed between toffee/caramel and light fruits. Again, good but nothing very memorable. rinkybrink (4) - naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2006 does not count
A great amber ale. Nice hop content. Always a bit different from batch to batch but always good. BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2006
On tap. Nice, rich looking brew with a lasting thick head. High hop content on the nose and ample malt. Very nice amber, much more going on here than most. Rich, caramel malt that starts nicely then transitions to a wallop of citrus hops and a long, bitter finish