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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Smog City’s Sabre-Toothed Squirrel clearly fits in line with the West Coast approach to the Amber Ale. There is a chocolaty malt note and some biscuit character, but most of this ale’s flavor comes from grapefruit, orange peel, and pine hops. The balance definitely veers hard toward earthy hops, but I wasn’t too disturbed by that.

j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear ruby tinged amber with a medium sized white head. Soft malt and a bit of orange citrus on the nose. Medium bodied, soft sweetness, malt and citrus, sweet and fruity, nice citrus and malt. Toasty, malt, slow and warm. Easy.

Idiosynkrasie (7533) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2017
500ml bottle. Clear, dark amber colour with average to huge, thick, creamy, moderately lasting and lacing, off-white head. Piney and citrusy, hoppy aroma, notes of orange, tangerine, orange zest, marmalade, pine, spruce, mellow malty basis with a touch of peanut and biscuit. Taste is bone dry, resinous, piney and slightly citrusy hoppy, notes of orange zest, tangerine, marmalade, smooth caramel malty basis. Very clean and intense. Indeed a hop-armed soft toy. Pretty much underrated - should change ranking with Bear Republic’s Red Rocket Ale to establish a correct order.

JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2017
On draft. Amber pour, with an off white head. Fruity, grain, sweet caramel, and moderate floral/citrus hops. Decent for an amber.

BeerConsumer (1) - los angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2016 does not count
This beer is everything if you like amber malt character and hops. Peach? Hops? Caramel? Smooth? Delicious? Yea all of those things

thorongil2 (3076) - , Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2016
(Tap) clear, bright amber colour with a small beige head; aroma of tropical fruit, then jam; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish, smooth palate

Alengrin (5376) - BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2016
Californian amber ale from a 50 cl bottle, bought at Beergium. I wonder if the name refers to Scrat, the sabre-toothed squirrel from the Ice Age animated movies - in any case such an animal never existed... Thick and frothy, dense, egg-white head leaving tight patches of lacing and retaining well, sitting atop a clear, deep and warm, coppery orange-amber coloured beer, a beautiful autumn colour so to speak, with vivid fizz rising up from the bottom of the glass, turning hazy and more brownish amber with sediment. Pleasant and elegant bouquet of pink grapefruit flesh, the white underside of orange peel, pine resin, biscuit, pink pepper, sweet red curry, dried apricot, soap, freshly toasted bread, fainter hints of pistachio nuts, mango, minerals, marihuana, old cake, wormwood. Softly fruity onset, clean with hints of dried mango, peach and green banana, sweetish but restrainedly so, with a vague ’basic’ sourish touch and a hint of green olive-like umami, softly carbonated, with a smooth, slick, oily mouthfeel. Pleasantly sweet biscuity malts with a touch of toasted nuts in the middle, carrying the fruity aspects to a notably hoppy - ’American’ - finish of resinous, spicy, deeply grapefruity hops, leaving behind a long bitterness drying the back of the mouth and the throat and yielding grapefruity and piney aromas retronasally; alcohol remains all but completely hidden, though a vague gin-like warmth is detectable in the tail. Typically grapefruit-hoppy West Coast amber ale, hoppy and deeply amber enough to qualify as a red IPA as far as I’m concerned; straightforward but well-made, elegant, technically flawless and highly drinkable. Very enjoyable beer.

Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2016
500ml bottle. Amber shade with off-white foam. Flavours are piney, citrus pith, berry fruits. Medium or above bitterness. A solid amber ale but nothing out of the ordinary.

rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2016
Draught at Smog City, Torrance. Cloudy copper beer with a nice offwhite/yellowish head. Hoppy wort aroma, fruity, floral, some hay. Fruity hoppy aroma, wort, grass notes. A bit unclean.

Eldestroyo (2) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2016 does not count
Amber, copper, a lingering hop profile. Pine and caramel and spruce with a nice belly warming factor. I like that this packs a 7% abv punch. Better than I ever remember it!

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