VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2001
Mellow with a piney/citrusy hop twang that to me overides the underlying malt flavor. Some malt sweetness and nutty flavor emerges once warm but the hop flavor still pervails. Nice brew, just not as ’brown ale’ as I’d liked it be. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 12, 2002
Slightly lower marks as the beer was oxidized. More of a octoberfest grain bill than an english brown. Nice and malty, just nothing special. stephen (308) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Amber, medium head and well carbonated. Served a little cold at the brewery. Mild hoppiness and malt flavors with a very clean smooth bitterness. Clean finish. Session. sarie99 (50) - San Francisco, Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Malty aroma and flavor with some bitterness. Fairly crisp and clean. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 17, 2008
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours slightly hazy reddish-amber. Five fingers of lightly amberish off-white head recede to a foamy rocky cap. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and pine. Mouthfeel is smooth and shows a nice bit of heft for the style. Very lightly prickly. Flavor is a good dose of both malt and hops - light-medium bitterness overlays some caramel and vanilla maltiness. Lightly piney with a good pinch of bitterness through the finish. Good.
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Poured from bottle a hazy light caramel brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is malt, light roasted grain, molasses, sweet caramel and a mild fruitiness. Flavor is dry with powdery roasted grain, malt and a slight nuttiness. The aroma sells something sweeter that the flavor didn’t deliver. That kind of threw me off. The body is slightly watery but very drinkable and light. It would be easy to down a few of these. Overall a good food beer, but not all that memorable. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Thick and cloudy burnt siena with a one finger head that laces a bit. Aroma of citrus, caramel, grassy hops and nuts. Taste of caramel, sweet malt, nuts and some Vienna malt character… kind of like an amtoberfest. Flavors are kind of light with a thick mouth feel and mild bitterness. marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 11, 2009
This orange/copper ale poured with a rich beige head and a toffee aroma. There is also a toffee flavor with enough hop bitterness to keep it balanced. It’s a pretty good amber ale. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
12oz Bottle – Bier One – Newport, OR tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Aroma – Nice malt aroma with good hops flavor.
Appearance – Amber gold in color, Clear, with a thin head.
Flavor – Lots of malt flavor - caramel and biscuit like. Light hops mild fruity.
Palate – Dry finish with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall – Very good beer.
Pours a medium orange with tan tint, nose is weak, hint of grain, taste Is fairly bland, too grainy and no real caramel or body