JoeyBeerBelly (34) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Fresh citrus hop aroma in this clear, (truly) amber ale. The head is off-white and on the smaller size but after it thinned to a light layer it still left a good deal of lacing.
The beer is very well balanced with bitter citrus being somewhat subdued by a solid roasted malt back bone.
elguapo47 (13) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2009
12 oz. bottle
Aroma- Moderate maltiness, pick up some toasted caramel, citrus hop nose.
Appearance- nice, clear copper color. half inch of foamy off white head. decent retention and lacing.
Taste- slightly bitter up front, a bit of toasty breadiness on the sides. balanced, crisp finish.
Palate- medium body, nice carbonation.
Overall, a nice amber with good flavor and balance. hop profile offers a step up on the typical sweet versions of the style.
Serving type: bottle TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a hazy orange-amber with a frothy orangish head. Doesn’t look classically good, but looks good all the same. Resiny hop nose with citrus and pine - this is from the West Coast all right - tied in nicely with caramel in the malt. The flavour doesn’t disappoint either - though doesn’t quite have the same kick as the aroma. The palate is in fact surprisingly smooth, with the malt dominating much more - an interesting contradiction. Just a touch of dryness in the finish. The type of beer you wish you could have on hand regularly. Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Poured from a twelve ounce into a tulip, she’s a moderately hazy brown brew, with a large two-inch khaki head with a long life and moderately dense lacing. Aroma is malty sweet caramel with some toastiness. The hop aroma is overall subdued, but generally resinous until the head falls, when light spiciness is evident. One swig and it’s obvious that she’s a deeply malty brew: Like caramel and toffee poured over granola. The hop taste is very low (some citrusy spiciness), though the bitterness is mild in the middle and moderate in the finish. It’s all well masked by the malt. She doesn’t weigh too much on the palate, but I’d say a couple notches below thin syrup--about moderate body. An impressive amber ale, not for hopheads (for flavor or aroma), but a well balanced malty-bitter ratio for the style, tending towards malty. Mmm, caramel in beer form. Jamesthebrit (421) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2013
A: This beer isn’t amber at all! It’s like reddish orange. Nice head too it. I was very impressed when pouring this beer, perhaps partly due to low expectations for an appearance
S: Smells surprisingly hoppy.
T: Definitely more hoppy than what I was expecting but I’m not complaining. A very wet mouthfeel (this makes sense right?) really compliments the high hop content. A kick of malt in the finish, which is very smooth. Really great taste, and for the style, an amazing taste. Some slight citrus notes.
P: Medium body and very wet on the palate. Carbonation is a little aggressive but not too bad.
Overall this is a great beer. I picked it up solely because it had a fish on it, and I was not disappointed. Probably the most solid amber ale I’ve ever had.
rejtable (2690) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2013
Nice! Pours brown/amber with lots head lots head. Nose is a bit tobacco and toffee. Notes of fruit, English tea, some cereal nd tons of earthy bitterness. Full body with lively bitterness and a balanced dry finish. Lively carbonation. Great beer! shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2013
Tap at CBM Awajicho. Dark amber colour, golden head. Aroma is lightly spicy, bit of funk, light cat pee, citrus, nice and hoppy. Taste is great, somewhere between a brown ale spiciness and citrusy ipa. Bit of sour cream and chive, grapefruit. Really nice.
MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Ballast Point’s California Amber is a very good example of, well, the California Amber. This is a more hopped up version of a favorite American style. Sexy pour. Copper-amber color with a long-lasting tan head. Some caramel malt and piney Northwestern American hop aromas. Toffee, fruit, nut, and earthy hop flavors. Medium-bodied. Despite the extra hops, the finish is quick and clean. While it is a West Coast ale, I feel like a lot of folks could drink this without a problem. A great beer for a long drinking session. kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Poured a ruby-orange with thick off white head that lingered thru most of the glass and left great lacing. Nose was a pleasnt mix of malty dark fruit, toasted nuts and honey with a hint of hopy citrus fruit. Mouthfeel was full, slightly tingly and almost chewy, and the taste picked up the flavors of the nose perfectly. Rounded off to a long, pleasant finish with a great aftertaste. strap (916) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2013
Reddish brown pour with little head. Sweet aroma. Slightly fruity taste with decent hopping. Malty yet refreshing. Comparable to Rogue Dead Guy
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