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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer started its life as a way to get rid of a lot left over malt and hops and what not. The result was a light, hoppy Amber Ale that was said to be, by more than one person “not bad”. Well that was enough for us. We set to work converting the recipe to a larger batch size and promptly screwed up the math. Now with all of our brewing knowledge we could have corrected our mistake in order to get our desired result, but our pizza had just arrived and it is really, really hot in the brewery so we said screw it. What we got in the end is this nearly 8%, slightly sweet concoction that was then dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin hops because really why the hell not.

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3.7
hopscotch (11322) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Hand bottle… Hazy burnt orange ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. I dig deep into the earthy, bready aroma and come back with notes of white pepper, pine needles, biscuit, brown bread and black tea. Full-bodied and chewy with easygoing carbonation. The malty, fruity flavor leans toward the bitter side of balance and offers black tea, piney, citrusy hops, a strong suggestion of caramel and a lesser note of sugar cookie. Finishes crisp, moderately bitter and fruity. Bottle courtesy of hankchinaski!

3.7
MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
My Bottom Line:

A tropical fruit salad of durian, guava and passionfruit explodes from this American Strong Ale, lending personality to this brew’s discreet malt presence.



Further Personal Perceptions:

-A sheet of foam covers the light amber.

-The aroma makes me feel like I’m on the West Coast enjoying yet another Double IPA-like creature.

-The base brew on this one is rather forgettable, which in a way is a shame, but at the same time this gives more room for the Nelson Sauvin to shine.

-The resinous hop bitterness is polite.



On tap at the brewpub.

3.6
nuplastikk (6477) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Just brought on at the brewpub. Chunky orange-brown. with a respectable beige head. A nicer, fresher aroma than the Red Dawn..this is more in the lines of a big west coast amber. Thick and chewy, this has a lot of caramel malt depth and a good piny hoppiness. Still has some woody, cherry, sherry amber malt notes, with that classic pungency. Not exactly world class stuff, this still lacks some cohesiveness. Has a soapy, grapefruit flavor among the thick malt bill. OK.

3.3
burg326 (5621) - Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2011
On draft at the Funky Buddha, poured a hazy deep orange color, with aromas of pine, hops, bread, and caramel. Main flavors are citrus hops, pine, a touch of caramel, real interesting mix of flavors, that did not disappoint.

3.6
suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Hazy red-orangeish colored pour. Big off-white head with a little bit of lacing. Nice hoppy aroma with some notes of citrus and malt. Taste is a hoppy laden nectar. Pretty good.

4
dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2010
On tap at the Buddha for the grand opening. Has a good hop presence in the aromas, from my first initial whiff. The carbonation seemed pretty right on and all the flavors were really well balanced. The flavors aren’t over the top, with sweetness and hops, but that’s totally alright with me.

3.4
Fritz123 (1597) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Draft in snifter at the Funky Buddha Lounge. Poured by AMBER!! Go figure. Dark amber-muddy brown ale with medium white head. Aroma quite malty with pine and resin. Taste was a malt explosion with a bitter, pine and resin finish. Medium to light in body, medium carbonation. Delicate palette. Very good.

3.7
pumpmaster (1439) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Draft pint at The Funky Buddha brewpub happy hour for $5.50. Very good!

4.1
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Draft at the Buddha grand opening. Insane hop aroma of stone fruit and white wine grapes. Such a lovely smelling hop Nelson Sauvin hops are. I expected this to be overly sweet because it was supposed to be an session amber and to be honest this one is perfectly balanced. Its got tons of hop flavor and some definite sweetness with some nice grain notes and a very nice balancing bitterness from the hops on the back end. Can’t think of to much that can be done to improve this, fantastic beer.

3.7
Slimbrundage (81) - USA - JAN 1, 2011
Cloudy golden amber. Peppery pine aroma with a hint of strawberry, grapefruit and fresh herbs. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Piney hops hit you first followed by wine like citrus hops, fresh cut grass and a hint of peppery spice.


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