FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2005
22oz. bottle. Translucent brown orange with a film of white head. Unassuming watery malt aroma. Slight toastiness, sweet malt flavors, and a tinge of herbal hop bitterness. Finish has residual toastiness and a slight metallic twang. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat dry. Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2005
Sweet and malty brew, had a metallic taste to it too. A bit hopped, actually brought the rating up for me, drinkable brew, not too bad. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Pours a light amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet and somewhat malty. Some watered down hoppiness as well. Light malty/sweet flavor. Slight bitterness as well. Somewhat watery. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - APR 6, 2005
Clouded amber appearance, moderate head formation. Roasted, malty, nutty aroma. Sweet creamy caramel malt palate, dry roasted nutty balance, fairly bitter in the finish, slightly sour. Not bad but another generic amber ale. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $2.59 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Certainly better than the pale ale, the Coastal Fog Amber features a lightly roasty maltiness, some light breadiness and a bit of mildly bitter hops for a flavorful, acceptably balanced beer. I appreciate the fact that this amber shows dry roastiness rather than the cheap, sugary, caramel maltiness that too often dominates many ambers. The same roasty, bready maltiness is evident in the nose. Medium body results in a nice, round mouthfeel. Typical amber color for the style is topped by, well, hardly anything, as a vigorous pour barely managed to rouse more than a few large bubbles that quickly subsided. Overall, I’m enjoying this beer quite a bit, and while it’s not worthy of any best-in-show awards, it’s certainly a capable beer that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again. Hopefully it’ll have some nice head the next time.
SDalkoholic (2386) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
A mildly hop juiced aroma, and a dark mahogany hue. Fluffy inch head that stays around through the drink and leaves behind some lace. I find the flavor of this beer so refreshing but it is pretty weak. Some citrus in there as well along with toasty bread background. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Pours deep copper color thin head. Aroma provides more hops than I would ordinarily expect in an amber. Also detectable are aromas of caramel and an earthy mustiness. Flavor is dominated by that mustiness, i don’t care for it much. Finishes with a slight bitterness from the hops. Ehh. lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - APR 29, 2003
lil bitter aftertaste, dark brown, was definitely better than i thought it was going to be considering it was $3.99/6pk elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Dark in color, not what I expected for an amber ale. What's that smell? Raisins? I think someone must have thrown them in the brew process to add some flavor. Initial mouthful is sweet and a bit fruity, finish is thin, could have more hops to balance it. Drinkable but unremarkable. jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Bottle. A dark brown to mahogany color with a tan head. Very strong malt aroma with some brunt malt and caramel. Thin on the palate but leaves a nice malt aftertaste. I'm quite impressed with Coastal Fog given their connection with BevMo.