RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
The Northwestís original, unfiltered and dry hopped amber ale. African Amberís pioneering and innovative style is proof that drink-abilty does not have to be achieved by sacrificing flavor. This beer erupts with a floral, hoppy taste, followed by a well rounded malty middle, finishing with a nicely organic hop flavor. Locally sourced two row grain and a blend of specialty malts give our amber its rich taste. Further complexity is achieved by leaving the beer unfiltered, providing exceptional flavor, as well as giving our amber its unique "cloudy" look. Lastly, we actually place a bag of fresh, locally grown, Yakima valley hops in each keg creating what has become the original, cult classic, northwest amber ale.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Sampled @ Rose & Raindrop in Portland, and @ Sea-Tac Airport. Murky yellow and orange appearance. Cantaloupe with some wood barrel notes, really mild but unique. Mellow orange, peaches, tangerines and melons, very sweet like pulp-filled orange juice. A good musty sweet hopped brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2004
On draft at the Virgina Inn in Seattle. An "energy" beer if there ever was one. One sip of this, and I felt like I was getting my spinach, special K, and protein drink all in one. Yeastier than a hefeweizen (my, i love unfiltered beers), with a big licorice and caramel middle that finishes with delightful hop bite. Bring this beer back East!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3194) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2004
On tap at the Portland Brewing Co.ís Portland airport pizza pub, sampled 7 August 2004. I vaguely remembered this beerís name, so I figured my recollection must have been purposeful. I was right- this was a great amber ale. Hazy orange body, thin off-white (light cream) head. Citrus, brown sugar, toasty, caramely aroma. Flavor was quite unusual for an amber ale, with rather intense citrus (lemon, orange) dominating the profile with little associated bitterness. Caramels rounded out the body. Had a nice carbonation "bite" that enhanced the bodyís sweetness. One of the best amber ales Iíve tried...is it coincidence it doesnít taste like any of the others?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Affinity4Beer (1) - USA - AUG 6, 2004 does not count
Brewed in Redmond, WA (home of Microsoft), this fine amber ale is a consistently excellent quaf. Mac & Jack donít have a trendy brewpub, they donít bottle their beers, nor do they advertise. They just focus on filling kegs with consistently great beer that can be found in Pacific Northwest restaurants and taverns. You wonít be dissapointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Medium amber color. Small head. Aroma is nutty and fruity, with hints of apricot and melon. A medium bodied amber. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Caramel. Melons and earthy. A very nice amber. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
This beer is quite simply excellent. Brewed and sold only in the Northwest, itís exemplifying a level of quality and taste that all microbreweries should strive to meet instead of just churning out random recipies with unusual labels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13891) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
(RBSG04) Opaque amber body with beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, herb, melon. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, fruity (melon). Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2004
RBSG 2004 on tap: Murky orange with a rocky white head. Fruity aroma with oranges and grapefruit. Starts and ends both sweet and bitter, full creamy body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2004
On tap at a local Red Robin (yeah a burger and brew is okay now and then!). Was very supprised by this one. Itís off in itís own direction. Found it really hard to catagerize. Nutty, earthy, anything but light or simple. This is one Iíll have to go back to a few times to truely understand. But I think I know from my first try, I liked it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2004
[email protected] Virginia Inn, Seattle. Buttery, nutty malts, also a bit cakey (not sweet). Some tropical fruit and apricot. Nicely soft texture, bitter finish, a lovely drink.

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