hershiser2 (3410) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500mL bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark yet cloudy copper color. There’s about one fingers worth of off-white colored head, and it’s beautifully textured. It retains itself acceptably, as well.
S: It’s about what I expected from an amber, no more, no less. Which is disappointing, considered I expected this to be a big step up from the Fat Tires of the world. There is a strong caramel note from the malt backbone, along with lesser notes of toffee and earth. The hops here are primarily piny and serve to balance the malt. It is a decent aroma...but wow, I really expected this to be great.
T: Malts hit the tongue immediately, with a ton of toffee and caramel. This backbone gradually fades to allow some of its hop flavor to shine: mostly pine, with just a hint of grapefruit and herbs. While the flavor profile is sadly average, it does seem to have a touch of depth - like suggestions of chocolate or brown sugar, for instance.
M: The mouthfeel is what sets it apart from the gaggle of mediocre ambers out there. It is superbly clean and crisp, which that makes this one really drinkable. Carbonation is nice and zesty, too. The lingering sweetness on the palate is kept to a minimum.
O: Disappointing, apart from the great mouthfeel. It’s definitely not a bad beer at all, though - and it grows on me the more I drink it. Still, this kind of money for a 500mL bottle of beer that’s only slightly above average kind of hurts. And I really hoped this would be nearly as fantastic as Nugget Nectar, too...
Bottle, Market Street Wine Shop Downtown. Pours brown with a soft beige-tan head. Aroma is floral hops, pine, caramel, honey, resin. Flavor is toasted caramel malt, herbal notes, caramel malt, pine, slight coffee, slight chocolate. Very nice indeed. Westy1130 (97) - New York, USA - JUL 10, 2017
Pours a dark rustic/copper amber (one of the darkest amber ales I’ve seen). Piny and floral scent with dark/tropical fruits. Taste: orange, lemon and grapefruit zest with hints of oak and black cherries. Malty at first, with a hoppy after bite. Very well balanced. Ernest (7719) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle (May 15, 2017 bottling) Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (graham cracker, toasted wheat bread), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with notes of clove, grape taffy, and chicory coffee. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Striking sourness is undesirable for the style, and the aroma is weird too. Almost seems spiced or artificial flavoring-like. Looks nice but otherwise not pleasant. DYCSoccer17 (3702) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 17, 2017
500ml bottle from the Beer Cabin in Plattsburgh, NY. Bottled in late March. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of maple sweetness. Light coffee and toasted notes. Light grassy hops. Hazy ruddy amber colored body with a medium light tan head. Starts with a grassy and herbal bitter hop flavor. Fair caramel malts in the middle, but then more bitterness comes in the finish. Quite hoppy. Malts are readily present in the nose, but hops seem to dominate. PotjeBier (3451) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2017
500 ml bottle. Clear deep amber color (almost brown actually). Rocky off white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma’s: resinous hops, dark malts, light roast. Retronasal it’s fruity hops, sourish, caramel. Flavor is moderate to full bitter with loght toast - hardly any sweetness. Medium bodied. Finishes slightly dry, reasonably bitter.
meccahh69lol (247) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Picked this one up after really enjoying Maine Beer Co.’s MO last week. This one is another example of this brewery getting away with deservedly charging 7-8 bucks for a 16.9 oz bottle. It is quite simply the best amber ale type thing ever; although classified as such, it seems in a class all itself. It has a robust rich piney divine smell to it and looks like a fuzzy red panda. It tastes like a resiny malty vision from on high blasting you with hoppy goodness and a brown backbone. I’m granting this an elusive 4.4. Good for lazy Saturdays with too cold baths and disco jams. rjplumer (1109) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2016
A zesty caramel and spice aroma.. A cloudy brown body topped with a light tan head about an inch thick to start. Crisp roasted malt with a hint of caramel. Has a hint of bitterness with a medium bodied feel. Maakun (5752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2016
Bottle shared. Hazy amber with big beige head. Light roasted malts with a bit of a cocoa touch, grass after some rain, orange peel, caramel, dried apricot, kumquat. Medium sweet and bitter. Bit over medium bodied with great creamy carbonation. Nice! ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - JUL 27, 2016
On tap at SLL tasting and 500ml bottle. Pours a crystal clear dark amber with an light tan head and sticky lacing. Smell is dark dried fruit, citrus, pine and cocoa with biscuit malt aromas. Taste is raisin, citrus fruit, pine resin and dark chocolate with biscuit malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with a smooth clean finish. alexsdad06 (10476) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2016
500 ml bottle from notes. Pours a clear, deep amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel malts, lightly toasted, grapefruit citrus, resin, some earthy notes, herbal, solid hoppy amber.