carlitos99 (184) - The Big Apple, USA - JAN 22, 2002
Nice Ale............................................... 666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 15, 2002
Positively surprised, nice malty flavor with a good touch of hoppiness. Nice Aroma will definetly get more of it. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2001
I found this to be very similar to 'Rip-roarin' red' and 'Mogollon amber ale'; at least in the heavy dry-hopped dept. Semi-warm alcohol punch. Cascade, toasted bread, grapefruit aroma; crystal malt, and hop bitterness in the back and forth finish. I found it just a tad too light, almost like an artficial sweetener was added? Still, a very quaffable beer froma quality brewery. -BB-99 (2) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2001 does not count
VERY good California Micro... A little too hoppy for me, but then again, that is wha tthe whole west coast micro thing is about huh? Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 28, 2001
Big, big beer. Takes the normally passive amber ale style to a whole new level. The caramel flavors have a burnt, smokey character that is unique and surprisingly addictive. The hops kick in before the malt gets at all cloying, and balance it all out. At first I thought this beer was nothing to their Big Daddy IPA, but this one is starting to REALLY grow on me. Second only to Mac and Jack's in the amber style.
Kaya161 (1142) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2001
Looks good, nice brown colour, but not too dark. The subdued hop aroma leads me to think that bitterness will also be restrained, but this is not so. This beer has a big hop character, to the detriment of malt flavour. Heavy hopping works wonderfully in their IPA, but seems to hide the nuances of the malt in this beer. I prefer a more malt balanced amber, but this is still a good beer. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 Attention-getting aroma. Bright red hue. Rich & fruity malt flavors with a healthy dose of hops. Slightly dry and bitter finish. Like a bold red ale, but with more flavor. Nutty, chocolaty and wholesome. Davidw987 (23) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 1, 2001
Another great beer from Speakeasy. Not as easily defined as the Big Daddy. But a big bright hoppy ale.