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RATINGS: 792   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Carefully brewed with barley from America’s heartland and cascade hops from the pacific northwest, this rich, amber colored ale has robust flavor and a distinctive hoppy finish.

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shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle. Creamy caramel malt aroma with a hint of hops . Dark amber color with small head. Caramel malt and moderate pine hops flavor. A very nice amber ale - probably won’t be a hit with regular A-B drinkers though.

daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2008
This beer looks good, but i am sorry it tastes like watered down shit. And I would NEVER choose this over a Sam Adams or anything similiar....just too watery and week. But a nice looking beer anyway.

BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 Bottle. Clear amber pour with a foamy off-white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is caramel malt with a touch of hop. Medium palate, not overly carbonated. Taste is caramel malt, a little bit watery, and just a touch of metallic tinge at the end. Not too bad.

hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle… First Annual Treasure Coast Beer Festival 2008… Clear amber ale with a mid-sized, fizzy white head. Decent retention. Fruity, malty aroma… caramel, toffee. Medium-bodied with Champagne-like carbonation. Very well-balanced, but not a whole lot going on. Short, crisp, clean finish. A little better than expected… lacks the acetaldehyde found in their lager.

DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Bottle from State Line. Deep coppery toward brown pour with 2-finger khaki head. Nose is grainy caramelly malt, mild earthy hops. Tastes caramel malty, crisp, on the dry side, with finishing hops and earthy vinous fruit notes. Not too shabby, but not very complex.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Date: 07/13/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Mini Beer Fest

Appearance: clear amber, fine beige head, streaks of lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma withh fresh floral hops,
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice caramel sweetness, touch of breadyness, plenty of balancing earthyness, light spicy hops, light bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

alexsdad06 (10809) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2008
12 oz. bottle from shigadeyo. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sizedfine off white head. It actually looks better than I had expected. With the aroma, I picked up mildly sweet caramel malt, a light roasted quality, some floral/herbal hops, and a very slight citrus note. At this point I’m still interested. The flavor has nothing offensive about it, its just a bit watered down. This beer has decent balance between the caramel malt and the lighter hop flavors. There is a slight bitterness to the finish. Light to medium bodied and it is pretty smooth. Overall, my expectations were exceeded by this one.

phaleslu (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2009 12 oz. bottle. Part of A-B’s attempt to swipe at the growing market share of microbrews. Brown amber pour with medium white head. Far smoother than most anything else from A-B, without the carbonation of their other beers. Notes of caramel, nuts, hops. A little syrupy, and definitely sweeter than expected. Not bad, but nothing special.

DuffMan (10665) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
Deep golden amber, moderate foamy white head. Earthy caramel aroma. Same one-dimensional palate that initially is served so cold as to be nearly flavourless, but as it warms up the earthy caramel comes forward with some some pear fruit notes. The finish has a low astringent bitterness that is barely there. Not as bad as I had anticipated, but if you’re after a quality amber ale there are hundreds to choose from that are better than this.

onceblind (10570) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Clear, and brilliantly copper as a well worn penny, with a decent white head that lasts a while. Nothing much on aroma, just some plain light biscuit malt and a light touch of toffee. Taste was pretty average too, with notes of biscuit and pale malt on the start, with just a kiss of floral hops at the finish that lingers longer than I thought AB would allow. It’s an average amber, but for the brand it comes from, it’s outstanding. I bet the board of directors hate it.

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