nuplastikk (6476) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2008
12oz bottle. Thick amber-brown color. Very thick bodied, with a strong, pungent amber malt taste. Delicately hopped, allowing the malt to take center stage. The sourness in the beer is very enjoyable and complex. Good example of a malty American Amber Ale. Davetopay (54) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2009
I am digging on this one! This is one of the beers that has seen great improvement with the changes at the brewery this past year. Notes of caramel, butterscotch, toffee, and apricots on the nose. The mouth feel is just right. It doesn’t cling to the palate, but you know it is there and you can feel that it has some weight to it. This seems just right for the cooler fall air we have had come into town this week. I’ll be coming back to this offering. PapaSkeetSkeet (1011) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Burnt gold color, brilliant amber-orange when held to the light, thin tan oily head. Aroma of sweet caramel with a touch of sap. Flavor is sappy throughout with a malty sweetness, caramelly, but with so much hop flavor its not really overbearing caramel. Lots of evergreen and earthiness. Lovely, why does this have such a low rating? if it had the label of a different brewer (say... Stone Pale Ale) it might have had a much higher rating. A rather heavy syrupy palate. conway (2210) - - APR 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with some amberish tints and a 2 finger off-white head. Aroma is a strange mix of roasted malts, green apple and nuttiness. Taste is also a strange mix. Immediate roasted malt, chocolate and some hints of caramel, but again with the apple note. Can't help but wonder if it's unintentional. Mouthfeel is medium with a solid carb. Very enjoyable albeit a little weird.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hopscotch (11322) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle... Pours clear and new-penny copper with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The faint aroma is of toffee and vanilla. Medium-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is both malty and bitter - toffee and citrus rind. Finishes rindy and fairly bitter. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!
boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle with about 6 months of it. Pours clear copper with a small off white head that sticks around a bit. The aroma has the faint smell of floral, pine, light citrus. The taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, and a light hop kick on the finish. Nothing great but very good.. maybe better fresh? GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
355mL. Poured a clear reddish amber with a nice, medium, beige, rocky head that has decent retention and leaves very nice lace. Nose is very nice citrus florals, nectarines, air freshener, loads of caramel. Taste is malt-forward, nice citric character to balance with a slightly suddy, soapy palate. Very nice nutty bitterness coming into play. Slight diacetyl that is appropriate for the style. Really good session beer. can8ianben (1583) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Sweet malt, syrupy, pleasant flavor, with just faint hops. Nice but immemorable. DocLock (11110) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle from State Line. Pours clear ruby with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is scotchy malt, vinous fruit, berry, red grapey notes. Tastes malty, a bit merloty, with a lot of berry, grape, and some figgy notes throughout. Decent. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2009 On tap at CAH Innsbrook’s Viriginia beer event. I am currently feeling very irritated with myself because they were also pouring the Cream Ale and I didn’t realize I hadn’t tried that one, so I skipped it. Grrrr. In any event, medium amber, slightly reddish, clear, good head. Light malt flavor, faint caramel, a faint roast note, and some faint floral hops on the finish. Aroma was very faintly floral. Light bodied. Just not much going on here. The roast note is what saves this. Glad mine wasn’t infected, hope they get their sanitation issues straightened out. RERATE 9/5/09 - much the same, but I noticed much more malt body this time out, with a distinctive bready note. Bumps up one point overall.