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RATINGS: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Made from mostly pale malt and some Munich and caramel malts. These add a little sweetness, which is balanced by more hops. The result is a rich color and fruity flavor.

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3.4
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2006
On tap. Red brown with not too much head. The aroma is mostly floral hops with some subtle (and particularly not too sweet) malt. The mouthfeel is the strong point of this beer, with surprising creaminess for an amber. This is rather hoppy as far as most ambers go (bordering on a malt lacking IPA). There’s some sweetness, but mostly one dimensional, not really having the richness to completely balance the floral hops, but still not bad. There’s a lingering almost malty bitterness in the aftertaste, but even by the time I got home, I could still taste the hops.

3.3
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Red in color. The palate is great- creamy, smooth, just the right amount of carbonation. Smells hoppy, spicy, floral. Tastes hoppy, a bit fruity and fairly sweet.

4.2
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 rerate, May 22, 2007: Right there with Ipswich as the most perfectly balanced beer. Perfect amount of sweet caramel malt, crisp and delicious. Original rating, Mar 24, 2006 (3.9):rich copper color with a small head and nice lacing. very nice, if slightly subdued aroma of sweet malt with a hoppy presence. Flavor is very lightly sweet and carmely with a fair amount of hoppieness. Rich fruity tones. Very nicely balanced, finishes moderatly hopped and lightly dry.

3.1
foutzdj (7) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006 does not count
poured a nice copper color with a sweet aroma. Was pretty cloudy with sediment. Flavor is sweet with a hops bite. Palate was fair, nothing special. Good but not the best amber ale

1.8
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 12, 2006
this is right up there with one of the worst ambers I’ve ever tasted. it tastes like moldy bread

3.4
Vatruvian (27) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2006
from the bottle. Your basic brown/amber ale with a little more sweetness and fruit. Good quality but not outstanding.

3.1
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Bottle from Sully Thanks!

Pours a nice amber, with a slim head but clinging lace. Aroma is strawberry malt with hops afterthoughts. Bits of cereal interdispersed as well. Flavor is a blunt fruity malt flavor, with touches of hops and bitters. Palate suits. Another quality brew from Bells.

3.7
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Draught @ The Bier Stube, Moline, IL. Pours a nice clear brownish orange. Aromas of caramel, hint of fruit and hops. Nice creamy malt taste with a nice finish.

3.2
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2006
Amber/orange color, clear body with average creamy off-white head. Lacing good. Not too powerful in terms of aroma - light hops. Noticeable fizzy carbonation, flavor long in duration with light/moderate bitterness and notes of citrus.

3.5
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 28, 2006
In the bottle. Pours medium amber with a slightly off-white head that never quits. Very strong malty and doughy aroma. Flavor has medium hops, but a strong yeasty and malty taste. Slight odd medicinal flavor as well. maybe a little bit like tea. Mild carbonation and a beautiful beer to the end.


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