kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
12oz bottle, courtesy of Mario etc. Thanks, guys! Pours a bright amber color, hugely effervescent with high clarity; significant, creamy, small-bubbled off-white head like a tan pillow; great retention and lacing; beautiful pour. Very nicely balanced aroma; fruity maltiness with a hint of caramel and darker notes, along with a basic, zesty hoppiness of citrus and minerals; nothing in the way of overt alcohol or anything rough; smooth and well-balanced, if not particularly forward. Medium body; moderately high carbonation (vibrant presentation overall); again, no alcohol showing here; that sharp, bright hop character of citrus and minerals comes through most prominently, forming a crisp, dry frontal assault that lingers, eventually allowing the lightly toasty, fruity malts to show through slightly at mid-palate and beyond; hop-forward, vibrant, and very tasty amber; I tend to prefer ambers that are a touch more balanced, but the hop character here is solid; nicely bitter. Lingering, dry finish of toasty maltiness, red fruits, and a lasting mineral bitterness. jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle. Pours murky brown with small cream-colored head. Nice lacing. Aroma of floral hops and pine with some sweetness/vanilla. Dry with a slightly bitter finish. IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Spicy. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I took a sip off this beer. Then I read the description on the side of the box and it says "Hops provide a delicate spice". I think we are onto something none the less. The amount of spice is debatable, because imo it’s not all that delicate. This is an Ale though and we rarely deal in delicate. At any rate, this is a great amber ale. Not too "off the beaten path" like some dark ales, and not too bland either. Great balance between giving us a new taste to acquire, and old familiar that keeps us coming back time and time again. That my friends is great brewing. Cheers! glennmastrange (2919) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Tap. Moderate roasted note for the malt, pine for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with pepper and dark dried fruit in the background. Head is average size, frothy, off-white with good slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is sparkling clear copper. Flavor starts slightly sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is light to medium, dry with a lively carbonation and a very dry finish. This is an excellent Amber Ale with some nice pale ale attributes. MaBeer1972 (2160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2010
A very good looking deep amber brew out of the bottle. Nice frothy head and carbonation. Aroma is sweet and malty with some hop spice. Flavor is very nicely balanced with a good punch of roasty malts and a good array of hoppy characteristics. Sweet and spicy finish. Well made stuff.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle from GBBF ’10. Amber with an off white head. Piney hop aroma. Leaf and nettle in the taste and a suggestion of chocolate. Sharp bitter finish. No surprises here. Quite good. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Nose is mostly just grain, described on their tasting board as hoppy, i didnt get much hops. moderate hop bitterness, no hop flavor, hints of caramel and cereal grain. patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. 24.5 oz. Pours ruby amber with a thick, lacy white head. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, yeasty dough, almond, chestnut, and notes of vanilla and oak. Medium bodied with a supple, soft, just slightly bitter palate. Finish is clean, calm finish. Great amber.
oteyj (2138) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2010
A clear orange amber pour with a two finger beige head. The aroma produces notes of bread, biscuit, caramel, and a nice grassy citrus hop character. The flavor holds caramel and bready malts thaty also hold the same nice balance of herbal/grassy and citrus hop notes. The palate is full for the style with soft carbonation and a semi resinous finish. RPKLove (108) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Nice aroma of sweet malts. Looks great, dark red with a nice tan head. Very malty, slightly sweet and hoppy. A little lacking in flavor department, maybe I’ve become a little too addicted to hops, but a very nice amber overall.