mixinnixon2000 (226) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2008
On tap. Chicago. orange and reddish color. good drinkability. Some sweet and bitter flavors mixed together in a well balanced beer. Would recommend. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2008
On tap at Clark St. Ale house. Pours that standard orangy amber with a thinner fine bubbled creamy white head. The nose is lightly sweet with some aspects of caramel, but nothing over the top. Light floral hops. Remarkably similar to Bell’s Amber... hmmmm? The mouthfeel is soft with lighter carbonation for a draught beer. The flavor is again just dead on Bells amber. Sweeter fuller malt for the style than average with no sign of flaws really. Perhaps a bit maltier than I remember Bells Amber? Maybe that’s the "royal" working on my subconscious? WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Just a solid amber here, nothing special. Looks a little bit cloudy, and has a sweetness to it. Good carbonation as well. Nice balance of taste and drinkability, it works for one drink or getting drunk equally well. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2008
On tap at CSAH. Poured clear medium amber with a short cap of whitish head. The aroma picked up sweeter caramel and dry hoppage (floral and herbal notes).. warmth brought out a little brown sugar and darker fruit. Sweeter caramel and lesser fruits in the flavor with ample floral and leafy bitterness.. caramel joins that bitterness on the medium-length finish. About medium-bodied on the palate with some sharp notes detracting from the enjoyment (especially on the back of the tongue).. spicy and flavorful, but just OK. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2008
On tap at Beer Bistro. Not that impressive. Poured a transparent amber color with light white head. Aroma of light hints of hops and fruits, very hard to tell. First taste of spices and malts, light tingle with a slight tangy taste. Not much more after that, taste fades quickly with little if no aftertaste. Refreshing yet wanted more from a Bells. No where near two hearted and hopslam. Average beer!
Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2008
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. I can’t say I noticed too much different about this Amber Ale than Bell’s Amber, but I enjoyed a few beers before my sample, too. Clearish orange body, medium off-white head. Emphasis was on slightly tangy, sweet, caramely malts, with notes of fermented fruits, and earthy hops. Less yeast element than in Bell’s Amber. Heavy finish. Not bad, but I didn’t order another one. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Draft at Eccentric Cafe. Poured a clear medium orange color with a white head. Aroma was of subdued noble hops and toffee with a hint of vanilla. Dry on the tongue with mild to moderate hop bitterness at the end. Tasted of toasted bread, toffee, and light vanilla with a lingering noble hop note. So so. jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Draught at Ida Noyes. I liked this a lot. Good looking beer. Aroma isn’t too pronounced, but there are some hops, like an APA. Flavor is interesting, very hoppy and floral for an amber. There is something really interesting here, maybe dark fruit. The hops are well balanced by tofee maltiness. I like this better than Bell’s Amber. A very tasty version of a style I’m not too wild about. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Glad to note that Bell’s is sneaking back into the Chicago region, but I wish they’d done it with something more interesting. Okay enough, I s’pose, for a quiet session ale. From the tap, it pours a pale amber body with a sizeable off-white head. Lots o’ lace. The aroma has some caramel and apple complemented by a light PNW hopping of pine, flowers, and a citric bitterness. Light bodied. The flavor has a reserved sweet maltiness balanced by an earthy bitterness. Good, but unexciting.jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2008
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Draft at Jerry’s. Cloudy orange, with big, foamy beige head / Citrus, floral and pine nose / Medium body with creamy hops on the finish / Flavors of pine, orange, lemon, and spun sugar / Outstanding, although more of an American pale ale, I’d say, than an amber.