smcd (366) - USA - MAR 27, 2006
(12oz Bottle. 03/2006) Dark amber with fast dissipating off-hwite head. Caramelly notes in the aroma with some hints of roasty, maybe chocolately, aromas too. Hops come through, but frankly, it was more malty aromas than hops. That is not the case for the flavor: a bit malty up front followed by an avalanche of hoppiness all the way across the palate. Medium-full bodied, this bee finishes with a lingering astringency and just a hint of stickiness on the lips. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottled. pours a dark amber color with an ivory head. Over the top bitter aroma. NIce light maltiness with a huge hop bitterness. Definitely a west coast amber- more like an IPA really. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Pours with a frothy, amber-tinged, tan colored head that has a bit of a creamy texture to it. The beer is quite dark, hints of ruby show through when held up to the light, but in general it is a deep concentrated amber color. The aroma of this beer is quite hoppy; it is dominated by notes of pine and herbs, perhaps a hint of citrus as well. There is quite a bit of malt in the aroma as well; sweet carmalized fruit notes are joined by a bit of toasted malt character.
The beer is lightly sweet up front, but quickly moves to a hoppy almost tart note that finishes quite dry in the end. Of course this beer is hop dominated throughout; a bit herbal, a bit raw, with definite notes of pine. While the hops dominate there is quite a bit of malt here as well; notes of raisins, caramel and toffee are evident. As the beer warms up fruity hop notes become much more evident; notes of lychee and grapefruit really help to balance the raw hop notes.
This is quite a nice beer, my biggest complaint is that this beer seems to disappear a bit faster than I would like. One last sip and its gone, quite tasty indeed. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2005
My second Drake’s beer, and I continue to be impressed. This and their IPA both have phenomenal malt character, particularly in the aroma. I’m not sure what this beer is, but I really like it. It’s a very dark brown but is hopped like an IPA. Aroma is lightly doughy with molasses and some bourbon notes. Smells very woody, slightly floral and with a very rich freshly-baked dessert bread (raisin nut bread?) character. Starts off with a round mouthful of the wonderful base maltiness hinted at in the aroma, followed by a slightly charred sensation from the darker malts (roasted barley? darker crystal malts?) Hop flavors blend in very smoothly, consisting mainly of piney and apricot/peach notes. Nice body which coats the tongue well on the finish. My only complaint about this beer is that the sharpness of the dark malts and hop bitterness combine to make the finish very dry, but well, that’s just what you’re going to get when you make a beer like this. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Pours a hazy orange/amber hue with no head. Aromas of oak, honey, a little rubbing alcohol with a light aplle note. Flavors of oats , more rubbing alcohol witha thick finish.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2005
Bottle: Ruby Brown, large foamy sand colored head, thick lacing, soft carbonation. Subtle hop nose, yet stronger than your average Amber. Bit o’ sweet dark malts as well. Also emits a sort of Tea like sweetness. Smooth malt base, definite sweet tea like flavor, with touch of hops and pine needles... enough to give it a little bite. The 6.8% ABV is well hidden. Moderate to full body, with a definite full mouthfeel. This stuff is quite smooth on the tongue. Very clean finish, semi-dry.  This Amber remains on the lighter side, yet its quite well rounded. Thanks for the tasty freebie Ernie! arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2005
On cask into pint glass, Real Ale Fest 2005. Cloudy orange brown in the glass with a tan creamy head that produced a veritable wall of lacing on the side. Smell was some grapefruit and some darker, dunkelish malts, some bread and brown sugar as nice complements. The sweetness on the palate was like sugar cane, kind of juicy and unrefined. Hoppier than I was expecting, it was nice to have against the sugar cane and brown sugar malty sweetness. Dry finish. Very nice. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Pours with an amber-red body topped by a medium thick to thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet, malty and fruity with a slight piney hoppiness and a touch of caramel. Light to medium bodied and smooth. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2005
I don’t know what theheck beer this is, but it is mighty tasty! Deep reddish amber in appearance with a fluffy head. Smells like an IPA citrus grapefruit and flowers are prominent. Rich mouthfeel with flavors of chocolate, sweet cherries and crystal malts, well balanced with a nice bitterness. Finished tantalizingly bitter. This is a sweet brew. Thanks to Ernie Flipbrewer for the plastic wrapped bottle. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Medium amber color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is malts and floral hops. A medium to full bodied amber. Malts are caramel and sweet. Hops are grapefruity, floral and a touch piney. Hoppy and bitter for an amber. Touch of oatmeal adds some chewyness to the beer. Not your typical amber, which is a good thing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.