GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2002
Real dark for an amber, decent lace. Loaded with malts, some pleasant sweetness on finish. pretty good stuff, I could drink at least a sixer if i had to get all the same in it. mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - DEC 13, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2003 (7Mar2003--12oz.bottle--re A bit less impressive under scrutiny. Yes, nice use of specialty hops. Underbittered. A bit thin in the mouth. Heavy, but not overpowering, diacetyl presence.
(13Dec2002-bottle) Fairly coarse, non-lacy, not terribly effervescent carbonation.
Rich malty aroma, unusually deep red color.
Flavor is maltier than bitter, fairly sweet,
with pleasantly full, though not 'meaty' body,
and the enjoyable finish of aromatic hops.
The 6% ABV is hidden surprisingly well. Beer
finishes refreshingly clean. Usually better
on tap than in bottles--more lively
carbonation and I dare say more hop
presence. Style points given for breaking with
common thinking and adding chocolate malt. Same to Abita Turbo Dog! brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2002
This was my favorite on our recent Western excursion - taste like the best hearty, rich grain and nut breads with a pleasant drying hops finish. Absolutely beautiful, too - a deep reddish orange that hints at the earthiness of the brew itself. Yumm! psychodrama311 (122) - petaluma, Nevada, USA - DEC 10, 2002
great amber beer. defintely not what i expected from full sail. ............ loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 5, 2002
Beautiful dark garnet color...it glows! Nice off-white head..thick and creamy. The aroma wa full of citrus, floral, and malty sweet tones. The flavor was pure malt sweetness. The mouthfeel was just right...creamy and thick, yet crisp enough to keep you coming back for another drink. This is one of my new favorite amber ales.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Moderate, sweet roasted malt aroma, with light bitter notes. Reddish brown with light brown head...not much lace. Head mostly diminishes. Flavor is very well balanced, with moderate malt and hops characteristics evident. Crit (4057) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
Dark copper color. Slight floral malt nose. Complex taste with good hops for amber drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2002
Beautiful dark color but lacking a bit in foam and lace. Nice and malty, this puts a smile on my face for sure. I like to see a Northwest brewery put some malt in their beer to balance out the insanely bitter hops. The flavor does drop off a bit fast though, almost before I can really get a good depiction of the beer. Rather mellow but full of flavor. mwsf (361) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Dark brown color with a medium head. Caramel aroma and flavor. Slight hop aroma. Lots of malt in the nose. Light bitterness. Some sweet caramel. Malty. Some slight plum flavors. Medium body. An excellent west coast amber. foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2003 I bought some singles of this from the nearby beer store, they were hidden behind cases of Bud Ice and covered with dust. The owner saw what I picked and gave me a discount, because he said it was old. The label said 'Best before 12-09-00' This is one of the better amber ales I think, a little on the hoppy side, some malt, and ever so slightly tart. Nothing bad about it. My favorite amber ale.