Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s slighlty sweet and malty but bitter and hoppy with a nice piney note. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch dry. PuckLSHS (101) - USA - APR 15, 2005
I liked it, but it did not blow my socks off. It was a bit hoppy, which was much nicer than most of the ambers out there. I enjoyed the balance in the beer. If you are an amber fan, this is definitely one of the better one’s out there. Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Draft. Dark amber color with a medium white head that diminished slowly. Aroma was complex hops and a roasted tone. Flavor was medium hops and malt with medium sweet finish with a small citrus tone. Very drinkable. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Hint of hops in the nose. Some sweet malt evident as well. Promising. Nice amber/red color. Nice lace. Hops! Now I know why it’s the 2nd highest rated Big River brew and the 11th highest in the state of TN. Still, there could be more flavor here. Needs to be sweeter to balance the Cascades. freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Disney Boardwalk. On Tap. Everything a red should be, this is smooth silky version with ample hops (perhaps more than usual for the style) and a nice spicy quality. Malt is slightly sweet but backs off quickly towards the finish. The nose is full of caramel malt. Great with a burger.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 6, 2004
-Aroma: Nice soft, fruity aroma
-Appearance: Deep amber in color with a good head
-Flavor: Well balanced between fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness
-Palate: Creamy and Smooth
-Overall: Refreshingly good Shag (3001) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 19, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Wow I found me some lost beer notes so here it goes... A dark amber color with a large head. Flavor is quite hoppy especially for a beer labeled an amber ale. A nice malt profile that makes this a very well balanced beer. Overall a good beer and it’s what a good session ale should taste like. Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Earlier Rating: 8/24/2003 Total Score: 3.6
Appearance is amber as you would expect. Aroma is somewhat hoppy with a load of malt. Flavor is fairly complex with the malt and hop flavor balancing out well. Refreshing out in the 100 degree heat. Another good beer from Big River.
On tap at Boardwalk in Disneyworld. A nice, mildly hoppy ale. Good balance between malt/hops. A little thin mouthfeel, carbonation was very light.
Good session beer. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Tap, EPCOT, 3/04. Cloudy amber/red with foamy head that lasted nicely. Good looking beer. Strong cascade aromas, mild, but pungent. Nice malt front and hop back that balances well. Melons and underripe pears, caramel. Yum! Crisp, smooth, slightly astringent finish, too. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 Draft... Rating #1100... Crystal clear and as deeply copper as a freshly minted penny. Small, creamy, off-white head with terrific lacing and great retention.
The nose is malty and hoppy with notes of broth, horse blanket, straw and jalapeno pepper. Some floral hops as well.
Carefully bittered flavor with notes of grapefruit rind and alcohol. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, bitter finish. Quite good!