Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
Hops, caramel and maybe cinnamon/nutmeg in the nose. The taste is like the nose. The hops hit you first and then the taste fades to caramel, malt and subtle spices with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste. The hops don’t wreck your palate. This is an enjoyable, well balanced Amber Ale which seems to be under rated and misclassified here. I didn’t fully appreciate this one until beer number two was consumed. superspak (5602) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 02/15/2012. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Pours crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some decent lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, orange, pine, herbal, bread, pine, toasted malt, and light spiciness. Some nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange, grapefruit, pine, caramel, herbal, toasted malt, bread, and spiciness. Decent amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bread, caramel, herbal spiciness, and citrus on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Very drinkable and smooth for 7.2%. Overall this is a very nice and drinkable amber ale. Nice hoppy and spicy flavor, with good malt balance. Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle.nearbeer (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Aroma: pine/floral hops, hint of bready malt
Appearance: bright gold with a white head
Taste: citrus/pine/fruity/floral hops, slight bready malts
Palate: reminds me of an IPA, resinous hops make it sticky
Overall: I think English Strong Ale as this beers style is way off, it is a Northwest American Strong Ale, hoppy and easy drinking.
12 oz, 7.2% abv. Clear copper with a sugary lasting foam. Aroma is pineapple, orange, toffee and mango. Tastes of pecan, caramel, orange, and toasted oak. Near-medium body is smooth and dry. cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2012
12oz bottle at 7.2% ABV, pours a clear dark amber/brown with a huge head, I took my time to pour this and it was still four fingers worth of head, aroma has a good amount of hops to it with some caramel sweetness as well, the flavor has a sweet front end with malt and caramel and a slight bitter finish, actually pretty surprised with this one.
ladyhops (43) - - FEB 24, 2013
Good spice, nice warmth for a cold day. May be one of my favorite winter beers, for sure. Dark malty with a very carbonated, zingy palate. wildbeercat (356) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
From a 12 fl oz / 355mL bottle into a tasting glass.
Aroma: Sweet malts, and lots of spices! There’s definitely some ginger in this.
Appearance: Translucent yellow / orange.
Taste: Very nice, full of spice and a slight citrusy kiss.
Palate: Nice body, longer-than-short finish.
Overall: Had this beer at a tasting, and more than a few people weren’t too crazy about it. I really liked it though; it has a really nice spiciness that I enjoyed a lot. mrjaxson (588) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Call it the clash of aromas: you get both a hoppy citrus and a malty bread plus some sort of spice. Taste is equally well balanced though the hops win out by just a little on the finish. Pours to a beautiful head. My bottle stated the alcohol content at 7.2%, but it was not at all boozy. I realize I drank this a little out of season, but I enjoyed it on the home patio with an early evening chill in the air, so I’m going to say it all balanced out. Frank (4194) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2015
This is a tasty beer. It doesn’t really taste to me like English hops were used but I guess they were. This is a nice clear orange yellow in color and has a small head and little spots of lacing. Its nose isn’t much, quite mild w/ just a hint of hops and some toasty malt, but it seems to burst w/ bright hop flavor when you taste it. It’s lemon up front, which is highlighted by a touch of honey-like sweetness and it wanes to a more earthy character in the finish which compliments the caramel malt flavor. It finishes clean w/ some lingering sweetness and just a touch of bitterness. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is about it I like so much but I really enjoyed this beer. MNAle (189) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2016
281151 020516 stamped; consumed on 1/05 and 1/06/16. Golden color, clear, well carbonated. 1/2 inch off-white creamy head that recedes fairly quickly, leaving some lacing. Nice hop aroma, faintly spicy, hint of citrus. Mild initial taste with a well established malt backbone with subtle hop flavor. Appropriate mouth feel for the style, tending toward slightly thicker than expected. Very well balanced, with a moderate level of bittering in the finish. This is not a hop-forward ale, but neither is it an overly malty ale. Well balanced, no booziness even at 7.2% ABV, but don’t expect a big, WOW flavor profile. Easy drinking, pleasamt and enjoyable for a winter evening.