WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
Beautiful not-quite-clear copper with a good white head; defintely more red than amber. Taste and mouth feel made me think of Brazil nuts ... a little malty sweetness, but with a nutty dryness like eating nuts. Some bitterness from the hops, but not the west coast piney citrus type. Enjoyable. Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2006
So far I have not tasted a beer made by this brewery that i didn’t enjoy. Pours nice reddish color with an off white head. Taste of hops and a sweetness with a little bitterness. A very good tasting beer one I will enjoy until its gone in June. BeerandBlues2 (13595) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber to ruby with a patchy off-white head, mostly diminishing, and some spotty lacing. Aroma is fragrant floral pine and spruce hop, fruity and medium roasted caramel malt, sugary nose. Metal and heavily bitter hop flavor, moderately acidic, no sweetness, and a lasting hoppy metal flavor. Medium bodied, dry and watery-thin palate. dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Deep Golden Brownish Reddish. Piney hop flavor. Even bitter finish. I love this beer. CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2006
A very tasty, easy-drinking but high-quality beer. Beautiful color and perfect amount of hop for the style. Too bad that Deschutes doesn’t make this beer all year round.
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
Deep amber with a great aroma. Malty flavour with a decent amount of complexity and a good bitterness to back things up. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2006
To say the least it is a very interesting beer. Deep amber color and off-white, fluffy head. Nose strong with flowery-piney hops up front and maybe grapefruit, peach, and apricot notes following. Faint toasty malt far in the background. Soft, medium-bodied grapefruit taste is prominent. Nectar fruit and mild toastiness (and maybe toffee?) drift into the background. Finally, flowery, slightly piney hops come to balance the palate and finish into the end, with the grapefruit taste still lingering. Very interesting for an amber; mild complexity in a very drinkable beer. Although I am a little curious why is is offered in the winter, when I would much rather try in the spring? Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Thanks to Andre for this one. Pours amberish with a thin tan head. Smells hoppy with some sugary yogurt niotes. Tastes very hoppy with some very nice bitter elements. The amarillo and tettnang really shine in this one. Underneath, there’s a subtle malt profile with some basic fruity notes. Finish reminds me of sage. Great beer! Easily the best amber I’ve tasted. chargerfanjess (129) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Pours an amberish color with hints or orange in the background, very very clear, some white head but runs away very quickly. Smell is tea-like- light, lemony tea, or iced tea. Moderate fruityness with a sweet, malty backbone and hops spread about.Taste also reminds me of tea- kind of an iced tea/black tea hybrid with other stuff going on. That other stuff being fruity maltyness and a light amount of bitter hops in the finish. Some roasted/toasted flavors surface to give this beer a well-rounded flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbley, bordering on creamy. Slick near the end- very nice. I’d say this is pretty darned drinkable- it’s tasty and not too heavy, it won’t sneak up on you (assuming it sticks to style and is around 5%) and is pleasurable to drink- a good beer.
jake65 (3948) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2006
I enjoyed this brew last time I was in Bend, OR. Nice body with a smooth, creamy feel. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and spices. Just a hint of bitterness in the finish. A treat for sure.