Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2014
sample at brewery, a very clean easy drinking amber, light body Some caramel sweetness with a "nothing" finish, no real sweetness or bitterness. Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2014
Nice amber. The malts are the star with caramel, wheat bread, hay, and some walnuts. There is a solid noble hop bite on the back end that is grassy and peppery and helps balance the beer. dogfish120love (1340) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2012
Pours amber in color. Sweet biscuit, caramel and cereal notes. On tap at brewery. philvil (176) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2010
the 2010 batch is a masterpiece. sweet and rich with perfectly balanced malty flavors. Alphadelic (2249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2010 So this is the 2009 version:
Crisp clear amber/brown with a ring of head.
Honey and golden syrup aromas are joine with esters of mint and hot cross buns.
Big, crisp cereal hit. It mellows out to a sweet (and a little slimy) honeycomb. Then to a lightly (hop) drying and robust oatmeal finish.
Session style carbonation complimentsd the complex but drinkable nature.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Pours clear amber with off white head. Aroma sweet malt and floral hops. Taste of roasted malt and light hops with bitter finsih. Cletus (6353) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Pours amber/red with a thin white head. Smells of toffee, caramel, roses, some nuts. Taste is rosey with some caramel and earthy hops. Finishes lightly peppery. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Draught pint at the brewpub on 4/29/06Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Quite a dull reddish-orange, almost a dried apricot sort of color, high clarity and a beige head atop, medium size and well-retained.
The nose is very munich-like. Bready, lightly sour malts throwing out plenty of melanoidins, giving a dry melon-like note. Sourdough continues to unfold as it warms, with tangy, noble hops, mostly dry hallertauer , that keep things dry and spicy. Some wateriness invades the nose, keeping the aroma only at medium strength. Some touches of toasty crystal-like malts and a hint of sweetness, but overall, dry, bready and very German.
After the aroma, I’m no longer expecting an American amber ale, but almost more of a dark German lager, like a marzen, but with the heavy, biting yeast of a helles, and plenty of breadiness. Spicy hops are bittersweet and seem much less crisp and refreshing than they could be, while too much astringency builds up. Crystally-sweet texture at times, some toastiness contributes to this and the light sugariness as well, but there is a touch of wateriness to this one as well, with moderate carbonation. No alcohol noted in flavor or aroma.
Clear amber color, medium white head. Nose is sweet biscuit, medium malt and a light floral hop on top. Rich, toasty maltiness, some more biscuit flavors. Nice spiderweb lacing. Medium bitter finish. Good, but not great. Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Pours a very clear dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is subtle caramel, grass, and a bit of grain. Flavor starts with some caramel sweetness, some chewy biscuit followed by a faint spicy hop presence. Finish is interestingly dry and leaves a nice bitterness behind. Quaffable warm weather beer, the malt heads will enjoy it.