Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Very interesting taste---kinda tart, kinda bitter, with carmel Nicely complex flavor, with slightly oily mouthfeel. Pleasant surprise, especially since it was cheap when purchased. Would definately purchase again... JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2003
Grapefruit juice red with a huge, thick off-white head. Big nose of fresh baked bread and citrusy hops. Big cacsade hops nose like a Rogue Ale. Sweet caramel is the first taste. An almost sour apple note is lurking beneath the bready, thick, sweet malt. Hops is mighty and clean and stays strong on the palate long after I've swallowed. Mmm Mmm good! sunevdj (4102) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
Pours a dark cobber with an off-white head. Nice lacing. Medium sour and sweetness. Lovely high hoppiness also piny aromas. Full bodied. Very nice. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Reddish-golden color with an off-white, two-finger head; head is revived modestly with some swirling; light lacing down the glass. Aroma is malty with some light caramel and slightly grassy, lemony hops. Flavor shows more of the hops; lightly citrusy and floral. Medium-full body; slightly sticky. Surpisingly good beer; not overly complex and thus not terribly pretentious; just a solid, easy beer. I agree with the "Commercial Description" that this beer should appeal both to hopheads and malt lovers; personally, I prefer malty beers in general, however this is still a fairly hoppy beer, but I don’t find the hops to be too overpowering. morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle. Acquired this beer at the local beer store, who seems to be very fond of the Avery product.
Pours a dark red/brown with a light tan head.
This was really drinkable. I was pleased with not only the coloring of the beer but also the taste.
I would recommend this for anyone who likes a nice, drinkable beer without any backlash.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2006
A very very good amber ale. I was just starting to doubt that any amber ale could please my palate, and then this one showed up courtesy of iceman. Dark amber color with decent offwhite head. malt, honey, and carmel, with some toffee in the aroma. flavor is honey, malt, carmel, toffee, and has an excellent balance of hops as well. some hints at grapefruit and orange as well, but they aren’t strong. excellent Mouthfeel for an amber as well. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottle, my night cap after MBG 06. Awesome golden rusty red, frothy orange head. Nice hop aroma - not in your face but strong and inviting. Rich amber malt taste backed up by earthy hops. Finishes very earthy hoppy. A great hoppy red ale, this style can be done well ! A restrained session Avery ale. PhillyBeer2112 (2883) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2006
I thought this was a surprisingly nice beer, expecting a boring amber but was rewarded with a nice pale ale (just because something is amber in color doesn’t mean its an amber and not a pale ale). I know there’s been some hating directed toward the combo crystal malt and hops recently, but this one works for me! The crytal malt is lightly sweet, with a very clean fermentation profile. The hops are nice and grapefruity, providing a medium strength citric counterpoint. Finish was balanced. A well done drinkable beer with malt and hop flavor to boot. jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours copper with orange and ruby highlights and a tremendous, never-ending, rocky, tan head that leaves lots of elegant lacing all over the glass. The aroma is thick with sweet malts and caramel, but is also potently hopped with an herbal, flowery, citrus character. The flavor starts perfectly balanced - sweet and malty with some roasted malt character, nuttiness, toasted bread, and lots of caramel; AND nicely bittered with a touch of citrus and pine hops. In the middle of the tongue, the roasted grain flavors strengthen as do the big, herbal, bitter hops. In the finish, the balance leans towards resiny, bitter hops; but there is still some fruity, caramel malt in there, too. The finish is dry and bittersweet. The mouthfeel is medium in body and fairly dry thanks to the carbonation and bitterness. The texture is creamy from carbonation, with the CO2 giving a little bit of sting on the middle-front of the tongue. Overall, a wonderful session beer. MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2008
12oz bottle pourd in a shaker. ARA pours murky reddish brown. The head is off-white and rocky. This is an ugly beer! The commercial description is apt. This ale has both a spicy hop aroma and caramel tones as well. The flavor reflects the aroma. This beer is a juxtaposition of malty and hoppy riding in a nicly carbonated crisp body. Ambers are one of my least favorite styles but this is a very enjoyable beer. Avery nailed it with this one.