raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2003
Excellent looking beer!Amber colored beer,with a bone white,head.Very small bubbles are tightly woven. Grassy/grapefruit,bready malt aromas.Very soft/creamy mouthfeel.Perfect carbonation.Great malt/hop balance. Very satisfying and filling. BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2003
This is an excellent bitter. Not as bitter as some English bitters...but this not necessarily a bad thing. Don't let ANY self-appointed "beer expert" try to tell you what YOU like. fsck that! What YOU like is what YOU like and what I like is what I like...and by God, I LIKE this beer...made right here in the finest city on the face of the planet, San Diego, California. irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2004
beer pours a very pretty amber under a billlowy white head, with a tint of orange. nose a nice combination of spicy hops and toasted malts-a nice change from the usual American Amber citrus bomb. the hops come through more in the flavor, with a spicy and lightly citric tang backed up with a sweet, toasty malt body. mouthfeel is reasonably crisp (the hops dry up the malt nicely), and the balnce makes for good drinkability.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Perfect amber color with a smeared glare to its body. Soft ivory cap of medium stature rises up from a vigorous pour out of the bomber. Keeps a big bubbly surface at the edges and lacing sticks in thick cob webbing patterns.
Very fresh, clean, and dry dominant aroma for an Amber. Nicely displayed woodish dry, cardboard fluffed hops with a twist of toasted and sweetly redolent malting. Very light noting to dried citrus peels creep ever so delicately underneath the main, dry wood profile.
Taste has an easy start with a simple red malt front. Light and sweet with just a hint of fruityness. Turns quickly to a sturdy wood character of tastes and dryness of leaves, dirt, and dried wood. A tenderized bitterness of scorched and super dried up grapefruit pith and orange skins tantlize within the woody stuff. Always keeps just the lightest play of sweetish/fruity malts underneath the wood flavors, thus, helping it from becoming fully puckering in the dryness department. But damn this stuff has one big dryness about it.
Feel is fairly broad and boldly set within a medium heft. Lively but soothing carbonation and definately dry all over the place. It has a good amount of that, no doubt. A bit one dimensional with the dry tones, therefore a tad tiresome after a while of drinking. Still one keeper of an Amber. Solid and dry. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Thanks to Foolish mortal for this one. The pour is very deep copper/ruby with a 1-finger off-white head. The aroma is caramel malt, some toffee, resiny hops, and fruit. The flavor is caramel malty up front, with some toffee, giving way to a firm piney hop presence coupled with citrus. Medium, smooth palate. this just might be the finest amber ale I’ve ever quaffed.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle. Dishwatery, copper color with an ivory head. Grainy malt aroma with some citrusy hop notes. Malt forward but bitter as well. Very British in style with an obvious American hop presence. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Light tan head minimal lace suprisingly dark amber Wet woody aroma a Big grainy flavor nice bitter throughout. Toasted sunflower seed Nothing too sweet. Nice tingle on the tongue. Bitter syrup at the end. Very satisfying. Great hardy all around beer One of my new favorites. 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. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Big, thick, bubbly head when poured into my snifter glass. Has a dark amber color with a big aroma of malts and hops. Has some slight tart notes, but nothing too overpowering. Smooth flavors of hops and malts attack the palate, which make for quite the drinking experience. strap (915) - 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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