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RATINGS: 821   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The best selling Amber in the Northwest. Its a great tasting malty sweet beer that has rich amber hue, a full body, and a spicy floral hop finish. This American style amber ale is brewed with: 2-row Pale, Crystal and Chocolate malts and is hopped with Mt. Hood and Cascade hops

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3463) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Draft @ McCormick & Schmicks: Carmel fruity nose. Classic copper color. Clear, little head. Nice malt body with enough hop to sort of balance. Smooth, kinda creamy, clean finish. Nice amber.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2004 Nice amber color, I often end up going through a pitcher of this by myself, glass after glass. One of my favorite session beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Bottle Pours a warm reddish amber with perfect clarity. Its light tan head starts out well enough, then fades to a small ring around the edge. Fair amount of lacing. Nice aroma with the balanced slightly tilted towards the sweet, fruity malt. A bit of green hops (dry-hopped?) as well as a hint of earthiness and minerals. Some caramel/crystal malt presence. The flavor is well balanced between the sweet, caramelly malt, the spicy and green hops, and earthy yeast. Theres a significant amount of mineral taste and hardness from an over-eager water treatment. Interestingly enough, the fruity esters and earthy yeast combine to take on an almost spice-like character. The body is on the lighter side of medium, with the aforementioned mineral dryness and chalkiness. Lots of carbonation. This is suprisingly good, and a very solid example of an undefined style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2003
First off I don't really like the new bottles, the old ones had much more character. Anyway, this beer pours with a deep garnet color, and is quite clear when held up to the light. It has a light tan head that is reasonably persistent. The first aroma is one of hops; citrusy, and floral components. Then as you stick your nose in a bit deeper one gets a malty aroma and I seem to even detect a hint of roastiness, and some toasted maltiness as well. This is a quite malty brew with some definite hop notes to it as well. It has a sort of austere wine like finish to it, which is quite interesting. There is a good amount of body here, as the beer coats my taste buds and the back of my throat nicely. At the very end one gets a nice laying on of bitterness from the hops. It is not as hoppy (both aroma and flavor) as I remember it, but I suspect my tastebuds have changed quite a bit over the years.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottyg (79) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2003
A nice amber, that's a little sweet, and has a nice finish. I asked for the pale, and the waitress brought me this, but I did not send it back. :O) One of the best ambers I've had to date.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2003
The Mad River Amber just barely beat this in the side by side battle. More malty

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (9109) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Bottle. This is a well balanced amber beer - there is actualy a decent hop flavor to it. The malts win out, but at least the hops get your attention. I was really surprised at how decent this was (don't normally like ambers).

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7810) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Had on tap at Safeco field watching the Mariners play in Seattle. Has a light copper appearance with a decent size head and a light malty aroma. Has a bit of a tangy hoppy bite to it balanced out nicely with a caramelly maltiness. Very solid amber.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 10, 2003
Great malt taste with a floral finish that is not imposing at all. Nice caramel, chewey palate. Subtle but noticeable hops. Awesome balance. I could drink this for hours on end. This is the best amber ale I have tried to date.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2003
On tap in Houston: Amber hue, big creamy head and excellent lacing. Aroma hinted of roasted malt, coffee, allspice, minor citrus and smoke, fresh hops. Sweet and tart initial taste with a crisp hoppy finish. Hint of smoke. Good balance. Medium-bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. One excellent amber, balanced enough to enjoy all day, recommended.


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