argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2007
(12oz bottle) Pillowy medium beige head with good retention and nice lacing, atop lightly hazed copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, toffee, nut, caramel, orange/floral, some cherry/bread, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, tea, caramel, some orange. Medium body, light chewiness, acidity. A top-notch amber. Sammy (12623) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2007
A very nice amber. Reddish with a little white head. Initially creamy yeasty and full bitter finish, with some toasty malt in the background. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle: Darker amber, huge rocky off-white head, fairly nice lacing, very strong carbonation.   Pale fruit nose, slight saccarine, a touch musty, maybe even some apple skin.   Spritzy artificial sweetened apple skin sauce on the tongue.   Malts take a backseat, emerge a bit more at the finish, along with a very subtle hop bite.   A bit odd, and unusual for the style.   Needs to be maltier and heftier.   Moderate body, spritzy mouthfeel.   Apple skin lingers.   Weird...   Thanks Clark for the freebie! ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 2004 bottle contract brewed by Concord brewing. Well, not surprisingly, this one was just about as good as the IPA. Whatever they’re doing, they’re doin it right. Wonderful deep cherry red appearane, some light oranges and burgundies. Good light yellow head, mostly clear body. Aroma of ripe red fruits, this thing is exploding with fruity ale yeast. Light hops in the background a mild sweetness. Flavor is almost exactly like the aroma. Incredible fruit esters, creamy mouthfeel, hops not overdone but present. The toastiness is subtle and adds no astringency. This is a spectacular beer.mansquito (6815) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2009
2005 bottle Initially large off-white head recedes to ring, with some light lacing. Still a brilliant, deep cherry red appearance to the body. Aroma is very hoppy, with a distinct earthy/leafy/nutty bitterness and drying effect. Clean and dry, it finishes without too much malt influence (not enough). Tastes like tea leaves, with lots of toasted malt, some light roast. Very hoppy, though it is a fresh, herbal/spice hoppiness. Ultimately the body proves too light for the amount of hops. Not enough sweet/substantial malt to balance. A bit of crystal malt up front is all that is keeping this from being an IPA. As I finish the glass, I keep thinking, "way too bitter!" Unsure why the great parity between the last batch and this.
Big off-white head and has a reddish brown color. Very earthy malty aroma. There is a good amount of hops in this for an amber ale. Palate is pretty light and maybe has a little too much carbonation. Parts of the beer are kind of soapy. Plus I got this beer for 5 bucks a sixer. Maybe the bottle was quite old.
Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Bottle. Poured a rusty shade with quite the big poofy head. Nice aroma of caramel malt wafts thru the barrier. The beer delivers with a nice toasty, sweet maltiness. Just a glimmer of bitter kiss at the end to balance out with the maltiness. I agree with their blurp, this would go well with a burger. (#3149, 10/21/2007) Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2005
Clear auburn. Gigantic sized head gives difficulty with pouring. Mostly lasting foamy top. Orangey/earthy nose with a balance leaning toward the hops. Bready hints procure an ehphemeral saisfaction. Lasting bite attacks the tongue immediately. Catapulted nut oils/leafy hops finish cuts the toasty malts with a whip of dryness. Light-medium body, fair biting carbonation, trying to be creamy, but feeling too watery to really attain it. Good for an amber ale, if a bit rigid and ungraceful in its movements. thornecb (6022) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Pours deep amber into a shaker. Conglomerate head gradually recedes with slight lacing. Grapefruit and grass notes. Full mouthfeel, but slightly flat with upfront roasted caramel which turns to a lasting spruce finish which turns back to a (not unpleasant) frat floor malt. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Bottle; poured a nice looking auburn/amber color with medium sized off white head. Aroma was nice with herbal, biscuit, citrus and caramel/toffee elements. Pretty good for the style, especially since this style is normally hard to distinguish for me. Good amount of pine citrus/hop finish with caramel, malty backbone. Palate is slightly chewy. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Bottle: Good nose, nutty carmel. Great clear orange red color. I get a kinda nutty toasted malt with a little green hops taste. Finishes with a malty clean taste. Vey nice indeed. This brewer is coming on strong in Mass