3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Silphium (3194) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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?
Affinity4Beer (1) - USA - AUG 6, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
argo0 (13891) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(RBSG04) Opaque amber body with beige head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, herb, melon. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, fruity (melon). Medium body.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.