hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured a medium orange with an averaged sized head. Aromas of caramel, spices and hops. Light bitter aftertaste (I expected more of a bitter bite with the name).
Sammy (11845) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well-hopped, aggressive attack of malts and carbonation on palate. Fine cooper amber colour. Light, good as IPA! Some pine aroma. Mid-sip sour grapefruit citrus, spices and nuttyness. Refreshing on hot day. Unique and very drinkable.
Meilby (11234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355ml @ Hotel room, The International Cozy Inn, New York, NY
Pours hazy copper with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, peach, citrus and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long peach and citrus finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orange peel, light white pepper, and caramel malt aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet caramel malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Very nice.
deyholla (11017) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a clear amber with an off-white head that dissipated almost completely. Aroma had a nice combination of bread, grain and a light pine hop note. Flavor began with bread and sweet grain and was joined by a nice pine hop in the finish to round out the beer.
hopscotch (11005) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks! World Class brew!
Holy shit! Another fine Pennsylvania brewery! California better start watching out!
This light copper/amber colored beer has a small, creamy off-white head. Mostly diminishing with very interesting and nice lacework.
The aroma is of Spruce, Juniper (Gin)... ok, anything evergreen! Also, black pepper and lemon make an appearance in the nose.
The flavor is very mild and pungent. Fun Spring/Summer beer.
Light-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation.
Lengthy, lightly bitter, crisp and clean finish.
Excellent Summer beer!
daknole (10961) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep mahagony color with a small white head. Aroma is very malty and not as hoppy as I would have expected or liked. I get some faint yeasty aromas as well. Flavor is malty up front followed by a very light dose of hops. The finish is tart and lemony. Pretty nice beer. Should be more hoppy however.
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Hopback Amber Ale
Date: April 09, 2003
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Appearance: clear amber, thin head
Aroma: big fresh cascade hop aroma
Flavor: medium hop flavor, touch of carmel sweetness, nice long esb-like bitter finish, very pleasent hop flavor from beginning to end
Overall: similar to celebration
Name: Hopback Amber Ale
Date: January 29, 2005
hap character fades just leaving the sweet carmel malt, drink fresh
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
DocLock (10471) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just got back from a tasting event at the Beer Yard in Wayne, PA. I got to sample a freshly bottled one direct from the brewery in Harrisburg. This one pours deep amber in color, with an amazing hop aroma, with malt, grapefruit, and toffee overtones. Great head and lacing. The first taste is super hoppy, with a nice, slightly sweet malt flavor underneath. Finished very smooth, hoppy, malty, and crisp. To me, this was not an amber ale, but rather a great pale/IPA made with amber malts. I was so impressed that I took a case home with me. This one reminded me very much of Victory Hopdevil. I will do them side by side and report ASAP.
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009-10-09. Dark amber body, small foamy beige head fades. Mild aroma of green leafy hops, touch of caramel malt. Flavour is lightly bitter, mild green leafy hops over smooth but modest sweet caramel malt, light toasty touches to the malt. Average plus palate is lightly carbonated. Decent, pleasantly quaffable but a touch muted overall. I suspect it has a bit more zip closer to the bottling date, but there is no best before on the bottle. Bottle from Premier Gourmet