RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
2005 Gold Medal GABF -- A medium bodied west coast style amber ale. This is a aggressively hopped with Perle and Cascade hops, and is held together by its sweet malty center.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Steam Beer is unique in the fact that, it is brewed with a lager yeast strain, but it is fermented at a temperature more suited for ales. This gives this style of beer characteristics that you would find in both ales and lagers. It is fruity, yet at the same time round, and clean. Most brewpubs or breweries who do this style, only do it as a seasonal, or a one off. I love the fact that Cap City has made this beer a flagship brew, and it is fitting I believe, since this is Washington, DC, our nations capitol. Amber Waves Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color with a white head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is very fragrant with citric hop aromas, sweet malt, and aromas of ripe fruit. The palate is smooth and malty with good caramel malt flavor paired with very juicy fruit flavors. This beer finishes malty and clean up front, then dries with some nice citric hop bitterness that slightly lingers. This is a very well done Steam beer, very accurate stylistically, and more importantly very tasty. This beer went great with a lunch of a two full links of bratwurst smothered in saurkarut and melted Swiss cheese served of fresh baked rolls, with a heaping order of fries. Seek this beer out at any of Capitol Citys locations, and take pride in a beer style Americans can call their own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2006
Draught at Capitol City, Downtown, DC. Clear amber colour with a slim white head. Good lacing. Hoppy and sweet aroma. Nice floral hops in the taste, medium bodied - drinkable stuff. The name is misleading, but its a good hoppy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Capitol Hill brewpub. Clear golden amber body with a thick, clingy and persistent white head. Sweet honey, brown sugar, and earthy, sweet malt in the nose. Sweet flavor with an element of well-toasted malt husks. Woody hop character with medium bitterness. This is a sweet, somewhat chalky amber that produces a cloying film on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Assertive, orangte-grapefruit hop nose with a fairly sweet undertone. Clear pale copper coloured body is topped by a light ring of white head. Crystal malt sweetness is balanced by fairly strong bitterness with herbal, leafy, citrus hop flavours. Medium light body is dry with moderate carbonation. Sampled at GABF 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2005
I was surprised to see this advertised as an Amber Ale, I thought it tasted and smelled more like a decent pale ale, lots of hops and more of the same sickly sweetness I have come to expect from Capitol City brewing. Although decent when compared to other Capitol City offerings, it was not enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Aggressive hops on the nose put this Amber more in the California Common/IPA category than with the pales. A brilliant amber color in the glass -- it is darker than the Oktoberfest they brew. Good bittering hops are rich and rounded without being too dry. The palate of the beer is a bit thin, however, after being promised a full-bodied beer. The flavor profile of this beer is all about the hops, however, and it is successful in that regard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Extremely popular beer here. A rigidly defined flavor for an amber, solid but too heavy without being distinguishable from other beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2005
Had this in a sampler from Capitol City Downtown on September 5th, 2005. Amber bodied with a small off-white head. Nose is hoppy but sort of subdued. Dried fruits, caramel and creamy malts reinforce the hops. Taste very much backs up what Ive just smelled. Hops, lots of fruit, a pleasant maltiness, and caramel. Body is medium with a light lingering bitterness. Finishes with a hop bite and some sweet malts. Some citrus and caramel as well. Pretty good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nuffield (4130) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Deeper red than the Pale Rider, but same characteristic head, only off-white instead of white. Hoppy aroma, floral and fruity (grapefruit). Distinctly bitter, with a substantial hop bite that my mouth doesnt get used even after many swigs. It hangs in your mouth for a long time. Lordy, Im so not a hophead. This is a pretty aggressive beer for the moniker of "amber ale", very often a dumping ground for slightly malty send-ups of beers intended for the masses. (on tap at Postal Square location)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2005
This did NOT have an "intense floral hop character" when I had it at the Baltimore location. It was good however, with a firm bitterness balanced by caramel notes and an off-dry finish. Seemed like a dumned down Arrogant Bastard. I did enjoy it and would have it again, but I did not find that it lived up to its description.

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