TheShark (18) - Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2010 UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap, poured into a pint glass
a: deep red, 1/4" tan head with fair retnetion. light lacing
s: caramel and toffee, citrus hops
t: caramel, toffee, slight chocolate. Not a bitter beer, but does have a nice citrus hop finish.
m&d: medium bodied, slight slick mouth, good drinkability
Smooth, medium bodied Amber Ale with a great appearance and aroma. Tried this one to put a notch on the Brewniversity card, and I can definitely say it was worth every penny! argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2010
12oz bottle. Small beige head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, earthy/floral, caramel, light cantaloupe. Taste is sweet, caramel, earthy, berry, some cantaloupe, maple. Medium body, some stickiness. Way too sweet. ChainGangGuy (4925) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
16 ounce pint - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Decatur, Georgia.
Appearance: Clear, deep ruby-toned body with a very thin, particularly wispy, white head.
Smell: Toasty, lightly sweet-scented, caramel-coated nose with notes of citrus and earthy spiciness.
Taste: Deep maltiness with a blend of caramel and brown sugar with a nice degree of toastiness to it. The combination of Willamette and Cascade hops provide a taste of lemony citrus and an earthy, spicy herbal tone. The malts rebound effectively for a toasty, lightly spicy, bittersweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s a solid, decent brew - amply malty, hearty, and spicy. Sure, I don’t see myself racing out to buy a case of it, but maybe, just maybe a pint now and again will do in a pinch. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
ROGUE (2216) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Name: Close Encounter
Date: November 30, 2009
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Appearance: clear amber, fine beige head, solid lace
Aroma: light sweet caramel malt aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, balancing spicy hops, nice bready character, bitterness starts off light but catches up with the malt and dries it out, light spicy bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Score: ** /4
12oz bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a one finger off white head and light lacing. Smells of fresh leafy hops with citrus and mild caramel malt. Taste is subtle earthy hops with a mix of caramel, spice, and citrus. Finishes with a light, dry bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation. SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 10, 2009
12oz bottle. a clear amber body with a small filmy head. toasted caramel malt aroma is inviting. a sweet malt flavor with enough toasted malt to keep my interest. light body and moderately carbonated. packs a little punch at 6.5%. Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Pretty nice beer that’s just right for cooling weather. Lightly hoppy and lightly fruity, and the malts are fairly heavy. Nice beer, a good one to session. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Got to say that this was one of the most unevenly produced 6pks I’ve ever purchased. Two of the bottles were capped so poorly that you could easily push them off with your thumbs; they were automatic drainpours. Of the other bottles, there was just no consistancy or quality control. Appearances ranged from hazy amber to clear copper; heads ranged from large to small. Some produced good lacing, others had very little. Aromas and tastes shifted significantly. The last bottle was the best: clear copper, large, off white head; good lacing; an aroma that featured spicy hops complimented by caramel malts; taste was moderately sweet but still adequately hopped. Medium bodied mouthfeel and medium length finish. Dare I chance trying this on tap or should pocket the money and move on? I’ll rerate if I do. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops and rye. Poured orange/amber in color with a medium-sized, rocky, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Many large particles throughout. Very good to excellent lacing. Flavor sis slightly sweet. Tastes of rye, oranges, and malts. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Rye finish. Another poorly crafted brew from Fordham.