gripweed57 (2592) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2017 DrnkMcDermott (3108) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Okay, call me prejudiced because I’m from Iowa, which doesn’t have a major brewing scene, but this is one of the best “ambers” I‘ve had. Has a nice malty smell and pours a thick brownish head over an excellent coppery, bubbly body. There's a big caramel and brown sugar maltiness, with the right balance of German hops to keep it from getting too cloying. Won a Bronze at GABF, where it competed as a Vienna, and at the North American Brewers Association where it competed as a Mârzen. Go figure. Just a short detour off I-80 at the Colonies.
From old tasting notes. Amber orange hue with lots of small bubbles leading to a fuzzy beige head. Pleasant floral hop aroma with a perfumy sweetness. Mildly sweet toasted malt flavor. Slightly biting finish has a nice hoppy character. Decent. rosskyle (736) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2017
Served on tap at Des Moines Embassy Suites. Clear amber color with a white head. Malt grain aroma. Not much complexity. Basic malt amber.
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Tap at the brewery on 7-18-16. Poured copper, off white head. Aroma was malt, caramel, nutty. Taste was bittersweet, caramel, breads. bigcat03 (330) - Columbus, Nebraska, USA - JUN 30, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2016 Bottle into a shaker. Pours copper with a small and quickly dissipating white head. Very little aroma with just a hint of malt. A nice toasted malt and biscuit taste throughout. Good medium body and carbonation. A nice amber but nothing amazing. ads135 (4727) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 31, 2016
An okay amber. Near to no aroma. The flavor is a bit off. The malts taste like they were roasted just a bit too long, and the hops add a level of surprising astringency.
mfhennig (285) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Not my preferred style of beer, but everything about it seemed to mesh together. I liked it, but I’m certainly not going to the store to purchase it. Travlr (25268) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle courtesy of HuskerTan, many thanks! Clear deep golden amber color, white head that settles rapidly. Aroma of lightly toasted biscuit dipped in caramel. Taste is burnt caramel, light spice. Tasty but undercarbonated. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Pours a clear coppery reddish color with off-white head. Caramel malts, biscuit, and some light grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with some spice and bread. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle. A solid Amber, light gold , moderate carbonation, mild finish. Medium body with balanced malt flavors. DuchessOfIowa (161) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Out of the bottle dated June. Dark amber/copper hue with a small amount of haze, white head with medium lacing. Nutty with caramel notes and a hint of smoke on the finish. Mouth feel is crisp with some decent carbonation. Sweetness in the beginning finished with an earthy mild bitterness. Very pleasant overall roasted malt flavor and balanced example of style.