RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 2.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 30, 2007) Inspired by the iconic sailboats that are synonymous with Chesapeake Bay, Anheuser-Busch introduces today Skipjack Amber a smooth, well-balanced amber lager brewed for beer lovers primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. Available on draught in select bars and restaurants in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee, Skipjack Amber is a medium-bodied beer characterized by a rich caramel and roasted nut taste. It is balanced by a complex blend of citrus, floral and spicy hop aromas, and features a refreshing finish and a thick, creamy head. Named in honor of the skipjack sailboats that sail the Chesapeake Bay, this specialty beer was crafted by a small, hand-picked group of beer experts from Anheuser-Buschs Williamsburg, Va., brewery. The group which welcomed the opportunity to apply its extensive brewing knowledge and experience to local beer lovers preferences and tastes chose the beer style, created the recipe and selected Skipjack Ambers name and tap marker design. As members of the Williamsburg community for more than 35 years, we took great pride in crafting a beer that honors the Mid-Atlantic States and the Chesapeake Bay, said Dan Driskill, senior brewmaster of Anheuser-Buschs Williamsburg brewery. The team tasted a wide variety of amber lagers to determine how to best differentiate this beer. Were confident adult beer lovers in this region will love it as much as we do. Skipjack Amber is brewed with two-row and Munich malt, as well as two types of caramel malts, which give the beer a distinctive amber-red hue. It contains a citrus, floral and spicy blend of Saaz, Nelson Sauvin, Alsace and Hallertau hops for a balanced and pronounced flavor.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AleEnthuzist (1) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2008 does not count
This is a wonderful offering! Its a smooth med. bodied ale. A-B has hit a home run with this brew!! I only wish I could find this in a local store and not have to visit a local eatery to enjoy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
subcell (96) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2008
This is an awesome Amber. My wife and I make it a point to go to Chi Chos as it is the only place in our area that we know of that serves it. That is all we really get is the beer. It has a beautiful amber color and nice malty aroma with a hint of hop. the flavor is well balanced and the after taste is very nice. This is a great beer! I just wish I could get it in bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dslunsford1 (55) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Great tasting brew that has a thick head that wont go away. It has a dark maroon/brown color and smells citrusy. Spicy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1643) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Had this beer on tap at the Williamsburg Lodge and at pauls Deli. For a lager really great, just wish AB would decide if they are going to bask Micros (as they do in some commercials) or get on board (as they do in other commercials). Buttery notes, nice golden color.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Not a bad amber ale, especially for a BMC. Poured to a nice ruby red color with off white head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Nose was nothing much, but it had a pleasant mouthfeel (medium bodied) and a decent taste. Finish was medium duration and alright. This would actually make an okay session beer. I had this rating in my mind as I drank it on tap, not knowing who brewed it, and it is not fair to downgrade just because it is a macro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (6195) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Bottle - 12 oz. sample from an Anheuser Busch rep courtesy of my wifes uncle, Tommy. Thanks! Label is plain white with black text. States Skipjack Amber Lager and ABV of 5.5%. Ill edit the name and ABV once done with the review. Amber bodied. Tall tannish colored head seems to fade quickly. Aroma is flowery with soft spice, caramel, sweet malts and hints of nuttiness. Taste is sort of earthy hops, soft spicy hops, lots of nutty flavors, caramel, sweet malts and some fruit (maybe some nectarine???). Body is medium with a strong carbonation but its dense and leaning towards creamy despite my belching. Ends with stronger nuttiness, caramel, softer spicy hops, earthiness and dried fruits. Not bad at all!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (6630) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Draft at Green Leafe, Williamsburg: OK, this is only the second time Ive seen the beer (the first being in the VIP area at the World Beer Festival) after reading about A-Bs regional speciality experimentation beers ... and Im eager to try it. It starts off OK with a very nice-looking glass ... amber but with a fire-engine red tint and an active carbonation rising to a thin head. The aroma is quite festy, appley and crystal-maltish. At first, I fear this will drink as any other macro .. but as I go, I must concede this is a tad more flavorful: light caramel, malt and that tangy appley bitterness, just quietly hanging out. Not too bad! (#2938, 5/24/2007)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foxbush (1974) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2007
For a big brewer this was a pleasant surprise. It was on tap at a new resturant in Short Pump, Seafire . The head was white and stayed with the drink. The color was clear amber and very appealing. The caramel flavors sometime overpowered the malts. The spicy hops flavors helps to distinguish this beer. I understand it is only brewed in Williamsburg for the East Coast. 6/20/07

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2007
On tap-Marriott & Murphys, Virginia Beach. Poured a clear amber color w/a slight off white head. Sweet malt aroma. Had a decent roasted malt flavor w/traces of grain & roasted almonds. Not as good as a Yuengling but not a bad effort from AB. I had no idea this was an AB product when I drank it; had never heard of it & both places told me it was a "Maryland Microbrew" but couldnt tell me who made it. Id drink this again, definite sesson brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Sampled at the 2008 Folio Weekly Beer Festival in Jacksonville, FL. Draft. Seems strange that with a Budweiser brewery here in town, this beer isnt found around town. Nice amber color and taste, this is a bit better than the usual Bud offerings. They should make this available here in North Florida.

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