thetmaxx (917) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Paired really well with their chicken wrap for lunch. Really nice Nobel hop aroma, great Carmel malt notes. Very smooth beer! Nice malt to hop balance. I usually don’t enjoy Ambers but this had to be my favorite! Clear, thin head, good lacing. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2002
I had to order this - I was sitting in the Brick with Argo0, Kathy, Wakie and his wife Marge, and things were, ahem, happy, and I was wearing my Albion College sweatshirt. And it was in stock! Cha-ching! Quite malty, alcohol nicely worked in (and noticeable) very balanced, great hop touches throughout. A very well made beer. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Pours very nice, with a thick dark amber, brown color. Has a ton of head. Took about 20 minutes to pour the entire bottle. Aroma is kind of nonexistent. mouthfeel is fair and smooth. Flavor is strong and more malty than most ambers. Overall a very good beer. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2002
Wow, nice aroma! Unfortunately, I didn’t stop there. The
flavor is a little bit of a letdown--tastes watery. Has promise
but lacks substance. Hint of pumpkin flavor, and amber malt
flavor is quite noticeable. Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2003
balanced malt hop aroma, transparent amber, awesome balance between sweet malt and berry hoppiness
hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2003
Murky, amber ale with a medium-sized, creamy, ivory-colored head. Great retention. Cascading lacework.
The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, toffee and chocolate. Also some notes of brown tea.
Malty flavor, as an amber ale should have. Blasts of caramel and toffee in every sip. Not-quite-balanced as the smooth, rich malts win their battle versus the hops. Not as well-hopped as most Left Coast beers. Those crazy Californians usually "hop up" the most malty of styles. Not this one. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Short, clean, grassy finish.
MaltHeads will rejoice; hopheads will be disappointed. A real winner within its genre. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Body is a dark amber, with a thin cream head. Aroma is caramel, hops, crystal malts. Definitly differant, very fruity with raspberries, strawbeerries, very very malty and nice. The hops in this beer keep it in check, and it comes through very solid. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Nice amberbody with an OK head. Aroma is sweet and moderately citrus hoppy. Flavor is nicely balanced between sweet malty (caramel) and a pleasant medium hoppiness. Finishes mildly bitter. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Upon its escape from the 22 ounce brown bottle, the beer takes up residence in my glass a slightly bemused copper color with an enormous semi-creamy head that is a winsome light tan in color, as it laggardly dissipates the lace formed is a thin satin sheet to lay upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt dominated with a refreshing hint of hops and a caramel aroma also present which all leads to a crisp and clean back. The start quite sweet with a pleasing malt presence and the top moderate in its feel to the palate, this leads us to the finish which has a common place acidity with hops that are engaging in their spiciness. A drinkable beer with a dry long lasting aftertaste, not great beer but one that pleases the palate after a long day slaving away in the salt mines.