FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Dark orange amber, medium sized white head. Sweet malt, muted hop grassy notes, and slight spice in the aroma. Bracing bitterness from the hops complement a rather sweet malt character. Some vegetal berry spiciness, possibly juniper. Some astringency in the finish with vestiges of the spice. Mouthfeel is medium light and very smooth. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2005
From a bottle shared by Chuck. Clear red-brown body. Cheap chocolatey aroam. Sub-par flavor - Cocoa Puffs and corn. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Very weak aroma.....light hint of citrus. Great amber color... very inviting. Solid head...not too much, not too little. Very silky, smooth and surprisingly sweet taste for what I thought was going to be a typical summer ale. Very light.
As far as "summer beers" go, this is a nice change. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Clear ruby/amber pour with light off-white head. Light and fruity aroma that was quite sweet... had some berries in there. Very silky smooth on the palate with a little misplaced residual sweetness on the finish. Sweet berries in the flavor with some light spices toward the back. Quite well-balanced, but not very powerful on any front. Well-crafted for the style, but I’m not too keen on this style... this won’t fall into my regular rotation. SDalkoholic (2377) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
After hearing about this beer about five or more months ago, it finally made its way down to my part of the woods. Poured a bronze copper color with perfect looking head. The aroma has some hop in it as well as a light fruit roll up smell. The flavor has a slight fruitiness and hop touch that reminds me of a artifical vanilla and strawberry licorice. It would be an understatement to declare this cream ale having a unique Anderson Valley signature to its taste, smell, and appearance.
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Medium amber, light head. Sweet sticky malt aroma, nutty. As it warms I get some hop whiffs. Very light bodied, a touch of dark crystal flavor. Quite light bodied, appley finish. Certainly drinkable, but thats about all I can say about this one. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Thanks to John for this brew
a deep ruby red color w/ a small white head well laced but quickly dissapating. smells lightly malty w/ hints of spice yeast and bread dough. Palate is well coated and lightly creamy but a bit thin. Flavor is lightly malty hints of carmel and maybe the base of peanut butter no real hop and not much else. A bit warm but odd for a summer beer. Ok but nothing special.
OK re-rate.. this smells and tastes like cocoa puffs barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2005
bottle coutesy of Lou. a great looking beer, deep dark amber with a lush tan head that settles to a ring of lace. unfortunately the superlatives stop there. almost no aroma and very little flavor. certainly a mild and easy drinking beer. there’s just nothing here to distinquish it from the rest. heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Thanks for the bottle, JPDIPSO. Dark amber body with a lightly yellow head. The aroma is toffee and some fresh cookie dough. Maybe a hint of ginger. The taste is surprisingly sweet with notes of caramel and toffee. There is a rich taste that makes me think of peanut brittle. This woudl seem right at home as a Christmas beer. As it is, it is the first cream ale I have had that I really like. mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Bottled. Pours a medium amber color. Aroma is somewhat sweet with a hint of some citrus. Flavor seems to be mostly malts with some sweetness and a little bit of grain. A little bit of a fruity flavor.