beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2005
Cloudy amber color, medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt and pepper. Well-balanced flavor of caramel malt and pepper. Full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. It would need more fire to be better. tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2004
Strong fruity hop aroma with some underlying caramel malty character. Clear copper coloured body with decent tan head that recedes to cover. Grapefruit hop flavour and mild butterscotch diacetyl. Creamy, smooth texture with mild effervescence. Bottle enjoyed with Enkerli and others. ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2005 2004 bomber. Pours a vibrant reddish-amber with a big off-white foamy head. Huge fruity aroma, tons of yeast, apples, raspberries, plums, nectarines, strawberries. Wow. Lightly dry toasted malt. Little sweetness. Flavor seems to echo the aroma. There is a hugely dry yeast presence adding a spectacular amount of fruity ester characteristics. The dry toasted malt seems to only make this more papery/astringent and dry. I appreciate that this is high quality stuff, bottle conditioned and all, but it just needs more sweetness and body. The fruitiness gets boring as I finish off the 22. Highly floral bitterness, good zesty carbonation and smooth medium body as typical. egajdzis (6556) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Poured a reddish copper color with a small bubbly off white head and no real lacing. Aroma is full of floral and citrus hops, quite nice. More bitter hops than malts here, which is a nice change. Enjoyable. VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Bottle - Pours a very dark brown/amber with a foamy light tan head. Aroma is of citrus/grapefruit hops and some malty sweetness. Floral hints as well. Flavor is definitely full of hops; both citrus/grapefruit and quite floral. Good amount of hop bitterness along with some hop sweetness, particularly in the finish. Finish is fairly long and full of floral hoppiness. Good stuff...
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Very malty, and yes, citrusy, and at the end of the long flavor was a wonderful flower petal sweet bitterness a little like the pale ale from Tuckermans. Very good. Thanks, Barry. I really think McNeills is underrated on this site, even if they crack the top 50 they would still be. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Hazy amber in color with a small off-white head. Toasted malty and earthy hop aroma with a touch of grapefruit and tangerines. Citrus hop flavor with a mild toasted malt character. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Bottle. Clear amber color with smallish light head. Definate grapefruit aroma. Taste right up front has a nice hoppy bitterness to it (which I love about McNeills beers). This Amber is a bit more on the hop side as opposed to most NE beers, which are way too malty for my liking. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2004
On tap. Slightly coudy amber color with nice white head. Aroma of citrus (grapefruit?) with both hops and malt. Taste starts with a sweet malt and finishs citrusy with the hops. Pretty good stuff. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Medium-large tan head atop a floatie-filled, opaque copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, bread. Taste is medium sweet, bready up top, before turning medium orange/citrus bitter. Medium body. Nice balanced beer.