DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013 DeppityBob (28) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyable thirst-quencher! A little thin on the palate, but this brew would suffer if it were thicker. Mildly hoppy, enough to produce a tang on the tongue but not enough to dry your cheeks out. Sweet but not cloying, tasty with full caramel, almond, and vanilla tones, plus a pleasant bit of clove (must not be much to be pleasant, since I don’t like cloves). Surprisingly bright but rich, with a nice *(stickyish) linger after.
Hard toast malt aroma and flavor, mild hop flavor and bitterness. Rather on the dark side for an amber, this beer is both refreshing and filling, and great in cold or warm weather. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Draught at the brewpub. Pours darkish copper/amber with offwhite head. The aroma is caramelly with a faint woody note and a slight candyish hop note. The flavor is toasty with some caramel sweetness. Gets sweeter in the finish with a mild peach and tangerine note. Overall, a little on the bland side. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2011
Sampled on tap at the Upland Tasting Room (Indianapolis, IN). Very surprised I had never had this. Pours a nice amber light haze hue, some sunny glow to it, with a frothy offwhite head dies to an ok film, light lacing. Aromas are caramel and sweeter malts, toffee and biscuits and toast take it back down, sweetness, give it some toast and dry maltiness. Perhaps just a hint of florals. Initial is toasty and sweet toffee malts, biscuits, some toasty bread dough, touches of caramel. Light floral bitterness dies out, makes it largely malty but not overbearing. Lighter end on the palate with a touch of sweetness, toast, light hopping. Finish is subtle dry hop, with some lingering sweet and toasty malts. Solid Amber, but a bit forgettable. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate amber color with an off white head and a tad bit of lacing. Nose brings caramel, bread dough, and a bit of a nutty character. The taste is some lightly roasted malt and a bit of bread. Slight caramel characteristics. Good body with moderate carbonation. Drinks fairly well, but there isn’t anything terribly unique about it.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-24-2010 pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
Sample at upland...pours a clear copper brown with a thin white head... Flavors of bready caramel malt and some grassy notes. Clean and very straight forward... Aroma of grass and pale caramel malt.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Hazy amber color with a medium tan head. Caramel aroma with a hint of grain. Taste is sweet but finish is a little dry. Flavors is slightly nutty with hints of hops, roasted malt and maple. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Draft at tap room. Pours a medium dark amber with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Nice hefty caramelly malt backbone with some chocolate bar nuttiness and maple. Somewhat sweet with a tame hopping rate. Not bad for an amber, especially if you like malty beers. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor from multi-pack. Clear red amber/brown with small to medium white head. Aroma is yeasty, caramel, light fruit, mostly citrus but somewhat tropical, a biscuit and chalk as well. Flavor is somewhat citrusy with sprite, biscuit, toast, sweet, slight hop bitterness. Light body with medium carbonation. Almost like a honey brown with a light citrus hop character. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a very nice clear glowing dark reddish amber a medium creamy frothy off-white head. Strong toasty caramel malt aroma, lightly fruity. Flavor follows aroma, sweet and toasty, but quite clean, hops are second to the rich malts but balanced beautifully, lightly grassy, touch of honey, citrus, pine. Great barley aftertaste. This is a very nice and quite tasty amber, which is saying a lot, surprisingly interesting despite its simplicity. Medium bodied, clean feeling, fluffy carbonation, just a hint sticky. MrBunn (2836) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2009
Bottle courtesy of tjthresh (thanks!) Pours a hazy copper with just a little more than a film of bubbles on the surface. Aromas are driven by caramel and toffee with a little bit of apple juice and pepper. Flavor is about the same. The malt dominates, but there is a little bit of a fruit and spice finish to it that is just pleasant. I liked this quite a bit for a plain old amber.