hershiser2 (3533) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2017 WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice, but hard to figure out what to do with an amber that is closer to a black IPA. Hazy and very dark, tan head, good lacing. Notes of caramel and citrus in the nose. Taste of hops, malt, hops, citrus, copper maybe or some off metallic note, leading to a slam of additional bitterness in the finish. Will try several additional times ... why not ... i have a whole case. I may conclude that it is a great dark IPA instead of an IPA pretending to be an amber.
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 (98) - 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 (7746) - 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 (3705) - 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 (3505) - 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 (287) - 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 (1131) - 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 (6083) - 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 (10589) - 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.