superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/13/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, lemon/orange peel, light pepper, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky, and lightly creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/herbal/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. tfontana (976) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Leary’s in Newburyport, MA. Aroma is nice floral hops, berry, some cheese, basement funk and bread. Appearance is gorgeous clear dark orange with nice sparkle, 1/2 finger-width off-white head with fair retention and lacing. Taste is mild caramel sweet balanced with tart and bitter. Palate is light bodied with thin texture, average carbonation and dry, crisp lightly bitter finish. Overall, there’s a fair amount of depth here. I wish the ending was a little bit more to the sweet side but this is good. ElDesmadre (3627) - Mikołów, POLAND - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Lots of grapefruit, some mandarine, worty-bready, slightly pumpernikel infused malt base. Rather shy bitterness given the style. Ok. joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass, pours clear deep amber. One plus finger light tan head. Nice lacing with moderate retention. Aroma of caramel and grapefruit. The taste has a moderate caramel sweetness which is balanced by an earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, light carbonation, creamy mouth feel. Finishes dry. Tasting notes of caramel, sour apple, herbs, pink grapefruit, walnut and white pepper. A solid amber ale. I’ve had many of these in the past, can’t believe I’ve never rated it. kevinsenn (2214) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
Bottle from Wholefoods. Caramel and fruit punch aroma. Sweet caramel and fruit punch taste with a dry bitter finish. Not bad.
ElCapitan22 (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Pours a gorgeous dark amber color and has excellent lacing. Smells almost of nothing.....Has a faint malt and hop aroma. Sadly, the taste translates from the aroma. Has a mild taste of hops but is mainly sweet and malty, but not overly so. N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Drank from a pint glass poured from a twelve ounce bottle. Pours a beautiful dark amber color with little white head. Smells amazing, perfect aromas of citrus hops and nice maltiness. Tastes a bit bland though, would love some more malt flavor, a good brew nonetheless! ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Poured from the tap at the Blue & Gray Pub in Gettysburg, PA into a pint glass. This beer is a light copper color with a small tan head. The aroma is big on hops and citrus with a hint of pine. The flavor is full of hops and has that citrus finish. The brew is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A great ale.
Bosco (323) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Clear brown amber with minimal head and sticky lacing.
Nice bitterness up front with a clean finish.
Toffee, rusty, a bit metallic.
$9.99/multi sixer at Wegmans Leesburg VA Darwenus (1136) - Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2016 Pours amber in color, faint head. The aroma is rich, brown sugar notes, some citrus. The flavor adds apples, coriander, and a faint, grassy burn from the hops.
Amended review: I had this again eight months after my first review, and I liked it a lot more than I did originally. I picked up on some mild whiskey notes this time, and some spice. It’s delicious. I’ve re-rated it from a 3.2 to a 3.8.