rajendra82 (1109) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2006
From BA CRJMellor via a recent trade, this 12 oz. bottle released an amber looking beer, that was clear, until the yeast was poured in. Except for a smaller head, the look was similar to many IPAs. The smell was mild, and balanced between caramel malt and floral hops. The taste was sweet and malty with a flair of earthy and floral hops. The carbonation was lively, and gave this a bubbly light mouthfeel initially, until the thicker than average sticky body took over. An easy to drink beer of simple construction, this was still very well made. Reminded me of an English IPA more so than an American Amber ale. wintersdying (49) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2006
this beer is a little weak to be an anniverasy ale. and i don’t mean just in alcohol content. don’t get me wrong... it’s a good solid beer... but nothing that i’m convinced is legendary.
Aroma is kinda fruity, sugary - almost apricot notes. Has almost a Belgium-style aroma to it. Tastes of toasted malt (which is a high point for this beer), but has a very limited hop profile... in all truth, i think a bit more hops in the flavor would have balanced this out nicely; and leveled out the sweetness w/ some crisp bitter notes. Capa (3616) - DC, Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2006
Poured a dark red-orange with minimale tan head. Has a sweet aroma of caramel, a little fruit and malt. Tastes of malt with some sweet caramel background with a nice hop flavor to end it. Another quality brew from Bell’s. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Nicely brewed amber, if unexciting. Very competent session type brew. Obvious sweet caramel maltiness, niceley balanced hop bite. Bit of sweet fruitiness in the lingering finish. I like this just fine...but I hoped for something more in the way of a special occasion-type beer. thegreenrooster (4626) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2006
Pour is a dark red with a small tan head. Aroma is of slight malts and hops. Flavor is much of the same. Strong malt flavor is overwhelming and there is a hop flavor which helps bring the brew to a finsh.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Poured a cloudy amber with aroma’s of dough, yeast and carmel. flavors are sweet with sugar, carmel and fruit. Mouthfeel is crreamy and sweet. Very nice beer! eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Dark honey-bronze with thin head, lots of rising bubbles, strong fruity-sweet butterscotchy aroma, nice balance of rich fruit, smooth full creamy mouthfeel, lots of toffee and yeast but light enough (and with enough balanced hop bitterness) to be recognizable as a basic amber. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 14, 2006
12-oz. bottle batch 7040. Pours amber with a small rocky off-white head and lined lacing. Yeast (dough) and light fruity hop aroma, sweet caramel malt and buttery, some sour DMS notes. Medium bitter and acidic, slightly astringent hoppy and earthy yeast flavor, caramel malt and butterscotch, DMS notes. Medium bodied and slightly dry, spicy palate. Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Cloudy orange, with a hint of brown - call it bronze, maybe?Lotsa bubbles, almost no head. Aroma is floral, sweet, with hints of melon and green tea. Heavy bodied, bready, peppery, with a spicy, herbal hop bite. The Imperial Amber? Jcapriotti for the trade! growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
bottle. Slightly hazy orange with lacy white head. Doughy aroma with a light floral back ground some caramal. Bread dough with some smoked malt light caramel in the background. Well balanced with the just right amount of bitterness. Solid, well rounded brew. Many thanks to Hopscotch for the bottle.