RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Medium-bodied with an appealing amber hue, this is the First Ale of the Republic. Its organic pale, Munich, and crystal malts create a gentle sweet character that is difficult to resist. From organic Hallertauer hops come a zesty flavor and aroma that beautifully balance Organic Ambers malt profile. The result: Truly delicious ale that salutes organic farmers and all the goodness they bring to our tables.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Pretty deep amber color, medium white head. Perfumey hop aroma with some toasty and caramel malts present. Very light sweetness upfront, some light fruitiness as well. Finishes with a light but crisp hopiness. Not bad, but the flavor is pretty weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Appearance: bright, beautiful garnet hue, with a nicely well-retained creamy head. Aroma: empty, airy, earthy, yeasty, in that order. I feel this is perhaps an ale that needs at least a moment or two for its best features to unfold. Hints of fruit emerge, and are appreciated. Taste is rich, full , wel-rounded, vibrant, delicious. Cherries ring in my mind, melons, nectarines...a bountiful cornucopia, full and forward, with a long, rich, resounding finish. Much more flavorful than your ordinary Amber, and one of the first times that I felt that the "organic" tag actually transferred into the quality of the brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (2474) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Served from the 12 oz brown long neck ingredients clearly stated on the label " Water, Organic Barley, Santiam hops and hallertaur hops" Nice looking amber, its a dark amber coloured ale..with a nice sized frothy white head..slightly hazy. Aroam is mostly of that organic barley malt though the hops do show through. Taste is sort of creamy malt, very slight hop undertones near end. Mouthfeel is the beers strong point very smooth very easy over the tongue..creamy. The nice mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable amber..nice I would buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3419) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Bottle, Nutty mealy nose, brownish orange color. Small to no head. Bittersweet flavors. Again Nutty mealy, yeasty bready too. Creamy mouthfeel. Dryish bitter finish. Wasnt crazy about this overall. Had a certain catchow thing going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Clear orange/red color with good head and lacing. Crisp and clean. Slightly malty flavor and finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (6410) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Novebmer 2003 Bottle drank in May 2004. Bottle conditioned hazy pour, dark red burgundy mixes with gold/straw and orange/amber. Big white head, lacing and a beautiful aroma. Plenty of fresh hops, light pale and crystal malt in the background. Flavor is quite dry, light pale malt flavor mixed with some more fresh hops, not terribly bitter, just light and crisp. Body is very light, which is my biggest problem, but its a good session ale. Little to no sweetness, some light fruity flavors as it warms. It held up fairly well for being 7 months old, though I dont think the flavor quite lived up to the aroma and color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2004
For an aber ale this isnt bad. For a beer, it isnt the greatest. Pours a brown/amber in color with a nice whire head. Little hops compared to malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rob6799 (7) - Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2004 does not count
Beautiful color, subtle aroma with a hint of Irish heritage. Excellent hop notes, great balance of strength and spice for a smooth rich flavor. Pleasant long lasting rosie aftertaste with a woody tea like base. Very good beer with lots of natural character. Leaves me feeling satisfied long after the alcohol has left. The organic ingredients gives the beer and brewer an opportunity for quality and attention to detail in the flavor process. I love it and its a favorite of mine. Close to being a perfect beer but needs a just a hint more of malted skunkiness. I recommend it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2004
Pours a hazed bronze body with a small tan head. Nose is not hopped, as expected. Has a woody and sea-like aroma. Some grainy notes in there as well. The taste is also grainy and malty, but has some odd chracteristics that I can't discern. It's not overly hoppy, like the Wild Salmon or organic IPA, but has enough to make an appearance, so to speak. Mouthfeel is perfect for an amber ale, and the finish very smooth. It sort of cuts off towards the end. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2004
usually try to stay away from "organic" anything. I accidently pulled two of these for a trade so I thought I'd try it. "Spawned on" date is June. I have no idea which year. I don't want to get off on a rant here, but it seems if a company is going to go through the trouble of putting freshness dates they would add the year to it as well. I'm not afraid of a beer that's 10 months old, but I'd really like to know which decade at least. Pours a dark amber with only a little head, and that was after a rather vigorous pour. No lacing. Smells floral with some malt sweetness to it. The taste has an interesting balance to it. It's almost syrupy sweet yet there some decent hoppiness to it. Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect. Drinkability is okay. There's many other ambers I'd have before grabbing this again.

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