Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 Outstanding. I've had some American Ambers that were dry-hopped out of any possibility of sensing other aroma components, but not this. Nice and floral, good hop bitterness right away and throughout, with the nicest sweet malty bits also along for the ride. Color (redder than expected) and appearance, including a nice medium compact head, are fantastic. Jayme98, thanks a million! hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2002
I’m one of those guys that likes to have milestone brews. I choose this one for number 600 in honor of a fine day with PsychProf, and in honor of a brewer not afraid to challenge what can be a bland, banal American amber style. PyschProf, brownalegirl, and I stood around in the kitchen trying to guess the fruit of this one’s fruitiness, which tells you what its main distinguishing characteristic is. ’cranberries!’ she said and I follow her, cranberries sweetened with apple, perhaps. There is a toastiness to the malt, too, and some delicate handling of spicy hops that works very well. A top notch amber, to be sure. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2000
A top rate Amber Ale, good hop floral nose and bite, malts quite evident, great color and a decent head and lace. Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUL 22, 2002
This was a surprising beer. For me it was the tremendous attention given to the malts. The caramel presence was huge and it was countered by a some hops and a fruity flavor. The combination of apples/caramel in foods is normally great, and it works as well in this beer. The hops are limited in the finish, a twist that works pretty well. Decent floral aroma and a pretty caramel-ish color. Pretty good. Jayb0 (1197) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2002
Either this isn’t a chracteristic amber or I found an amber I actually like. Honey golden with great flavors balanced very well with a slighly oily mouth feel. The hop spice cuts through what I usually find to be a style too sweet with malt.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Fairly decent amber ale with an outstanding appearance. Delicious caramel malt character with a moderate hop balance. I prefer their nut brown more. MaBeer1972 (2060) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 24, 2003
The appearance is somewhat pale amber and isn't that impressive. The aroma is neutral, but slightly fruity. The flavor is almost of grapefruits, with a smack of hoppiness. The finish is on the bitter side. Admirable. Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 Malty/fruity/alcohol aroma. Hazy orange. Toffee or butterscotch in a sturdy bitterish ale. I had a very old bottle of this and it stood up very well to cellaring. Rerate with a fresh bottle: After sampling the other Ithacas, which weren't very stellar, I was shocked to see that I'd given this a 3.9 in the cellared bottle. Turns out not to be that far off -- Ithaca's strong point is their fruity aroma. Hops were more evident in the fresh bottle. I downgraded the flavor -1, the palate -1 and the overall -2, but it's still a good, balanced and drinkable brew. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2003
A good enough amber ale. Beautifully clear golden appearance, with a good white head that fade too fast. Sort of a smallish tasting amber, in that it has nice balance but not much hops or caramel or malt. Nice balance also of floral aromatic hoppiness at the beginning and bitter hop finish, but nothing remarkable. My Ithaca friends say that there is high variability from month to month in Ithaca Beer Company's beers, so maybe this explains the greater enthusiasm of some of the earlier reviewers. andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Aroma remeniscent of an English Pale Ale. Big head that shrinks to nothing quickly with minimal lacing. Body color is just as adverstised, amber. A nice hoppy beer upfront with the malts coming through in the long finish.