SoberCajun (111) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Amber pour, nice tannish head. Bright aroma. A nice balanced taste, dry hops and caramel malt notes. Almost like a bock, nice fruitiness. Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Pours hazy copper with lots of sediment.. Tan head. Has a sweet, mellow caramel aroma that is very inviting. Smells malty and reminds me of leather. Very well balanced with a Belgian taste as well as a fruity taste. Finishes nicely. The palate is smooth and greasy feeling, in a good way. One of the few amber ales that I actually like. jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep, hazy amber with white head. Small particles visible in beer. Aroma is caramel malts, a bit of toasty bread. Flavor is slightly toasty and caramelly, and the yeast is present. Not overly exciting, but a solid amber ale. shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Fruity goodness. Good, solid amber color. Ends smooth and light. Easy to drink. dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden amber with solid lacing. Sweet hoppy aroma. Taste has a lot of hops, with a smooth finish. Very good.
gonzo46and2 (108) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Fantastic Amber ale. Poured a huge head in my scooner and lasted till the last drop. Aroma of flowery hops pineapple and as it warms brown sugar. More on the sweet side and could use a bit more bittering hops. When it warms the flavor takes on a more dark malt taste. Overall just awesome for the style. sja14 (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2008
A good beer for a stle i am not too fond of. Pours amber (surprise) with a modest off-white head. Prominent malt presence with hints of fruit and hops. Nice balance. Definitely a fair amount of complexity. Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUN 19, 2010
This beer is drinking incredilby well. It is impeccably balanced. Aroma is minimal with hints of caramel. Appearance is amber with stagnant carbonation. Taste is malt forward balanced by a slight hop bitterness with strong caramel notes. Palate is very smooth and dry. Great beer. olympian (107) - USA - APR 19, 2002
I always think of Amber as Larryís íflagshipí brew.
Itís a very good amber ale; with just a dab less malt prominence it would be one of my favorites.
Also one of Bellís most consistent brews - it always tastes the same (some of his seasonal beers vary wildly from one year to the next, as might be expected).
20 years ago it would have been a pipe dream to find an amber ale this good that was brewed this side of the Atlantic, and that is saying a great deal.
RE-RATE BEGINS HER: Lately, I have had this more frequently on draft than in bottles, and I have to up it a bit. My original rating (3.3) I stick to for bottle, but on draft, this is *truly* good!
Yet another beer that you havenít really had until youíve had it off the tap. bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Pours cloudy orange with foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Fruity, malty aroma. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Lively, but smooth. I really, really like this one. Not my typical favorite type of beer, but if Iím looking to kick back a bunch of beers, Iíll try to gt a case of this stuff. I could drink 9 of these, and Iíd enjoy every bit of it.