The Prospector
Czig Meister Brewing Company

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #369
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #31,216
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 10.7%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
23
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Czig Meister Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
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Photo of TigerSoul
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let's face it, there are waaaaaaaay too many beers in the world. Hell, there are way too many beers in the state of Vermont. So how do we start to give a beer from a backwater town in New Jersey, of a style that has very little interest in the current beer geek universe, a fair shake? Prospector is what I consider to be Czig Meister's 'signature' product. It is very malt-forward, in the English pale ale style, with a musty sort of element that reminds me of my favorite English pale ale, Samuel Smith's Organic (a world class example of the style, bee tee dubs). I prefer it on draught, especially at one particular tavern a few miles from the brewery, the legendary Black Horse Pub. I'm drinking it as I write this review from the 12 oz can, and it's got everything but that last little smidge of body and heft. Other than that minor quibble, this beer is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Act25
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Proud to be 5th review of Prospector. At cask temp, from can, in glass mug. Wow! I'm way over clocking this one vs BA.
a) As perfect an amber ale pour as I've seen and it's a fave style. Complete lacing of glass, persistent tan head, hazed mahogany body.
s) Sweet caramel malt, but not becoming soda pop. fruity but but dry.
t) True to red ales, more British, but better than. Dark fruits. Woody undertone through out, like wood shop working with dark woods and some sap and sawdust. Enough hop bite, more than Brits, to clean up finish.
f) Cleans up nicely on palate. Drying, almost dusty finish.
o) Thank you for not being sweet even at cask temp. Should be tasted off a bunch of red-ales & ESBs

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Photo of RobertColianni
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Stylistically near flawless. Boring style per 2019 standards, but well executed staple for the small town crowds. Well done! Sharp, caramel, clean, slightly metallic.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Czig Meister Brewing Co. in Hackettstown, NJ.

Deep amber color with a small head. Fresh caramel malt aroma with light earthy hops. The balance in the flavor is all malt but it's not sweet at all. Some raisin and plum fruitiness while caramel undertones remain throughout. Smooth in the finish. Medium bodied.

Not what you would think of when you hear "American Amber Ale." This is almost more British in nature. The hops take a backseat to the malt and provide subtle balance rather than bright citrus notes. An easy drinker.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery draft. Pours reddish brown, light foam, medium dark. Amber colored. Toasty malt nose. Breads galore. Sweet open that spills into a balanced malty based hop. Smooth and toasty throughout. Really tasty.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.64/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

DATE: July 2, 2016... OCCASION: a perfect summer day spent in the yard, on the deck, and at the park--trifecta... GLASSWARE: Victory nonick... dark, ruby brown body takes care of the "amber" denotation immediately... slight effervescence... short and sweet off-white head that rings to a quarter-inch, lining smears in between... sweet caramel and candied sugars meet the nostrils head on, while dank, earthy hops evoke a woody atmosphere... the first sip is on the flat side of cola, with slight effervescence stimulating the back of the throat... the teeth are left without much love, but the medium body at least signals a beer with characteristics... as the glass drains, a nice lacing is left behind... plum, hazelnut, cracker, dank earth, and caramel blend reasonably to develop the profile, though caramel invokes the greatest attention.... sips easily, though not evenly--for an ale, not much is happening up front, as a dryness pervades... overall, a beer that I would have again at Czig Meister's--especially if I BYOF, as this could be a nice, middle-of-the-road companion for a number of meals--but not one I would put into a growler... again, great to have beer in Hackettstown...

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The Prospector from Czig Meister Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 23 ratings