JFGrind (2047) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
Tried the "Poppy" on draft at the North Star in North Beach SFO. Crisp Amber with a bit of bitterness. Beer had a thin head but a great amber color and fine taste. Definitely a West Coast style Amber Ale. BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2005
On tap at the Boom Boom Club S.F. Amber with a short head. Aroma was moderately hoppy, not much going on. Medium bodied and not anything exciting about the flavor. Some lightly raosted malts and a faint toffy flavor is about all. beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Irishboy, thanks for one of the many West Coast brews. Pours with a large head in a tulip glass. Aroma is present - all hoppy grassy with orange citrus aspects. Mouthfeel is a bit slimey. Taste is like an expired hop. Low bitterness. riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle from Bev Mo Fresno. When purchased it was covered with dust so I am assuming it was relatively old. I purchased because I wanted to rate it. It also has Brew 1135 stamped on the bottle. Probably the freshness/dating code. Whatever. Pours a muddy amber color. Aroma is some grass, some roasty caramel malt flavor, and a little sour citrus. Flavor is pretty much malt dominated. Started with a sweet dirt and malt flavor accompanied by metallic notes. As it warmed it became more sweet and toasty. Not bad for how old it probably was. A decent amber. No residual sugars or resiny hops linger. Pretty wattery mouthfeel and body. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2009
12oz bottle. Brownish-red color with a minimal, patchy head. Lots of amber malt in the aroma, quite deep and pungent. Tastes a little past it’s prime to me, but Ambers are odd creatures I suppose. Some off flavors of butterscotch, diacetly bomb. Borderline sour. Not really bad I suppose, just seems like it’s way past it’s prime. Medium bodied. OK at best.
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Sweet with some complexity of flavor that gets lost in the overwhelming caramel. I didn’t hate this beer, but I struggled with its lack of balance. There is plenty of malt in the flavor and aroma with some lightly roasted notes that I wish were a bit stronger. The abv isn’t high enough for the beer to be syrupy or horribly sweet but it tended in that direction for me. The mouthfeel is fine with appropriate carbonation. hayduke (5218) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
From a 16 oz draft pour at The Local Beer BAr in Eureka, CA. I struggled some with this one. It came in the glass a hazy amber with an off white head. Medium in body. Bland in mouthfeel. The flavor was mostly malts, with some nuts and a hint of citrus. The finish tailed off and there was not much there. Overall, a pretty ordinary effort, and the 16 oz glass seemed pretty big by the time I was finished. Foxbush (2029) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Sample at the Brewpub The amber ale poured clear dark amber with a white head and lacing. The aroma was of caramel and toasted malts. The ale was balance between a sweetness and floral hops. The ale had medium body with average carbonation. The finish was clean with smooth tones of caramel malts.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle from Irishboy. Thanks Richard. The score seems a bit high for this. I am not a big fan of Amber Ale’s and this is right up there with the so-so brews in thie style. Some hops and some funk but.. omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Golden Caramel in color. Faint hoppy aroma. Whispy white head. Subtle flavor with a strong tang of hops. It’s a little thin and watery for my tastes, though.