1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Well, I have high hopes for this brew as it rates about as good as an amber ale can. The beer pours to a nice orange brassy body with a large dense and creamy off-white head. I used a Pilsener glass and it holds the head quite well. Leaves gorgeous lacing and shows off the carbonation in the body. The aroma is full of grapefruit and lemons with some nice floral hops. Light but apparent pine sap. The flavor is a balanced caramel and pine hops. Nice fresh hoppiness and medium bodied and very easy drinking. If I lived in Pennsylvania, I’d drink lots of this. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2005 Pours a translucent orange amber with a small off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus hops, pine and some light malts. Flavors of the same with in general a little lighter than the aroma. Still a solid amber ale. CStar17 (14) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Crystal clear appearence. The head disappeared quickly. Extremely smooth, not very complex in flavor but tastey nonetheless. I was expecting a little more spice. Kind of standard in many ways, but still worth a whack. BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Smooth creamy amber ale with plenty of punchy citrus bite. More of a pale ale I think. maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Lovely clear copper color. Foamy beige head eventually falls and remains at a quarter inch, leaving a ring of sticky lace with each sip. Outstanding woodsy/herbal hop and strong malty Assam tea aroma with suggestions of cinnamon, fresh green cornhusks, and sycamore. Flavor: muted caramel, undefineable tropical fruit, pine resin hops. Medium palate. Lemon and faintly astringent tealeaf (again) bitterness in the aftertaste. All elements in perfect zenlike harmony.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 Pours amber with a nice off-white head. Aroma is citrus and grassy hops. Flavor is grapefruit and spice with a nice dose of caramel. Great session brew. PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours an amber color with a small head. aroma is grapfruity and in general fruity. Flavor is sweet with a nice mouthfeel. It is missing some hops though. nevertheless this is a good beer. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Bottle courtesy of BuckNaked. Pours a bright copper color with nice rocky white head. Aroma well ballanced sweet caramel malt and piney hops. Flavor much the same, but the hop-resin-spiciness is much more pronounced. Individual scores aren’t the greatest, but overall this is a very nice session brew. Pleasantly surprised. pineypower (3332) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Well, I’ve seen it a million times, finally tried it. Now I may have found that everyday beer. Pours out a very nice amber color with a nice head. Hoppy aroma. Taste is very balanced with a good amount of hops, a very drinkable beer. I enjoyed this one StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Deep copper in color and brilliant magnifying clarity with a dusty grey head. Hops forward aroma accented by grass, freesia, honey, hazelnut syrup, maple and caramelized nuts. Flavor delivers with formidable bitterness levels and malt sweetening. Tingly pine sprits blankets the palate and then steps aside for a toasty and caramel malt backbone that hits the session spot. Caramel and toffee play a prominent, nearly sugary, role. Sweet resin and moderate rye similarities help to impart a smooth sensation that’s void of astringency (thank Christ.) Medium bodied and remarkably well-balanced. Such a sweet, tasty treat all around and one of the best ambers I’ve ever had. Thanks for the bottle, Thaichile!