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RATINGS: 707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A deep amber colored American ale, featuring a rich malty body. Cascade and Willamette hops add a complex hop flavor and aroma. This ale is exceptionally balanced between malty sweetness and delicate hop bitterness.

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2.6
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of BlueDevil0206 via trade. Aroma is a combination of apricot and raisins with a light hint of grapefruit. Pours a hazy amber with slight amount of sediment. Small off-white head quickly fades to a razor thin sheet. Dominant flavor is definitely raisin. Hints of apricot in the background struggle to get thru. Finish is lightly bitter. Nice somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Did not expect raisin flavors at all, at itís a little too much for me.

3.3
NachlamSie (3467) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 bottle. Pours a very rich, deep red with a fast fading off-white head. The nose is predominantly malty and has hints of caramel, earth, peat, and dried apricot. The flavor has the slightest suggestion of earthy coffee. Fairly juicy sweetness is present with a berry-like finish and hints of tobacco. Not much in the way of hops. Not quite the typical amber ale, itís almost a hybrid with a scottish ale, just lighter on the palate. Nothing special, but I could drink one of these any time.

2.5
hopscotch (11048) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2005 Bottle... Dark, clear, amber ale. Tiny, off-white head. The nose is sort of non-descript, but itís up against cigar smoke and something with a lot of vinegar just down the bar. Well-balanced flavor. Medium bitter and lightly tangy. Light-bodied and watery with medium carbonation. Finishes lightly bitter and dry.

3.5
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Poured dark amber with a fizzy huge tan head that settled down nicely with good lacing. I got fruit in the nose, maybe raisins and some pine-hops, sweet malty backbone. There was a bitter dry hopiness, and some other flavors. Mouth feel was light, but this was different and very nice. Thanks to suttree.

3.4
Tarheel (2) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2005 does not count
12 oz Bottle: Dark copper color and slightly hazy. Slight sweet malt aroma noticed with a thin white head when poured. At first taste it was suprisingly bitter wih an almost nutty/fruity hops taste then leaning more toward a spicy malt flavor. It finishes very well with a above medium amount of carbonation makes it slightly crisp. The further into the glass I get the better it is. Overall I found it to be a good beer and very refreshing. Glad that I can purchase this at the store locally!

3.1
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2005
I enjoyed this beer greatly. Again anything from this brewing company is heavy and flavorful. A truly good beer.

2.8
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2005
12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip. Obtained in the 2004 Secret Santa from Suttree. Imagine the smell of an afternoon walk on the western Irish countrysides, as the farmers cut the peat and the sod and freshly baked bread wafts from the window of your dirt-walled hutment. Now imagine that scaled back about 80% and emanating from a beer glass. In otherwords, the aroma of this beer is like the pale shade of some earthy dopeness that died long ago. Amber orange and mostly clear in the glass with not much beige head. Hops and malt are well-balanced in the flavor, as advertised, but the hop character is weird. Oxidized? Some mutant variety? Who can say? Itís biting morphing into tangy, but in a way Iíve never experienced. Medium to full body. Gets metallic in the finish. Blah.

3.5
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Had this on tap. Copper color with a thin head. Moderate carbonation. Mildly sweet, malty aroma and flavor with caramel overtones. Not much hop flavor or bitterness.

3.4
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2005
22oz bomber - Via trade with Bluedevil0206 - Thanks James - When I first got this I wondered who puts an amber ale in 22oz bombers? Pours deep amber in color with a healthy creamy offwhite head. Aroma is a nice mix of cascade hops and caramel malts but the hops seem to dominate the aroma. Flavor is more malty but well balanced with the bitterness of the hops. On the palate this is smooth and very balanced. After drinking one and seeing how easy it was to drink I know now why they put it in bombers.

3.4
fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Very pleasantly surprised. Not sure why, but the gaelic bit had me worried. thought it might wind uop some odd, sweet mix and match of flavors. Nice, full and lasting head, sweet, full malt body and very good bittering. Not making me jump out of my sox, but definitely putting a smile on my face as it quickly disappears.


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