jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle. Hop nose tells me it’s a Drake’s brew. Malty, coffee, toffee, caramel punch initially. Dark chocolate and hop bitterness in the finish. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
12 oz’er from Saarlander. pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy smooth off white head and nice lacing. a pleasant session type brew with aroma and flavors of mild caramel, toffee and just enough hop bitterness to tie it all together. nicely done. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of Naven (?). Thanks, Dave! Pours a milky, brownish-yellow appearance; off-white head with good lacing. Wet malts and nougat in the aroma. Medium-to-full, sweet mouthfeel: caramel and nougat, with hints of milk chocolate. Medium, roasted malt and citrus finish. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Body is a brown ruby with a nice cream colored head. Aroma is caramel, floral, and almost like a soapy irish spring aroma. Tase is like a brown, caramel, nutty, like espresso, but with the same maltiness of a amber. More like a fusion beer. chadje (209) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 A pretty dark amber ale, darker than most. Has a smilir taste to Fat Tire, but I prefer this one a little more. Has nice roasted flavor to it.
mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Pours significantly darker than I expected. Nutty and malty. Chestnut. Not even caramel as I was expecting from the color. It’s a malty beer, but a dry maltiness. Not really roasty either. Yeah, there’s hops, but they give more of a spice than anything else. Almost peppery and cinnamon. Very strange beer. Not bad at all, but just not what I expect from an amber.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Pours a nice mahogeny, eith a small white head. Nice sweet malt, as well as a slightly metallic aroma accent a nice roasted marshmallow. The flavor is more complex than I tought and shows off a nice balance between dark fruit and toffee sweeteness, as well as a slight hoppy bite. A very solid amber that is better than most. OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Bottle -- thanks, aspedites!
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Amber ales don’t have to be yawners, and Drakes is among a few west-coast breweries leading the charge. And their salvation need not lie in IPA-level hopping, as this one demonstrates.
The bewer pours a deep red-brown with a small head. Burnt caramel, roast nuts, and rotting wood on the nose. The aroma offers all of the above against an earthy, solid backbone, a sour hint, chewy malts but little sugar, full earthy / plum-skin hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin enough to be quite sippable, but buttery-smooth enough to provide ample body. This is a masterfully brewed beer and a welcome antidote to the amber ale boredom that sets in after one has sampled a few dozen of the large-micro ambers.
12 oz bottle. Dark amber with a putty head and speckles of lace. Toasty nose gives way to a light dusty orange. Bitter lemon and citrus hops. A little caramel stop before resiny drying. Good bite for an amber. Light carb, body a bit thin. irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
pours brownish amber with good tan head - nice lace and retention. very nice nose of dusty cocoa and light refined hoppiness, w/some underlying caramel. creamy malt sweetness is touched by a bit of roast bite and herbaceaous hoppiness. good balance/easy drinker.