sonnycheeba (2979) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours dark amber with ruby highlights and thick, frothy beige head. Aroma is caramel and cookie malts, floral and light spicy hops, grapefruit, tropical fruit, toast, and light toffee. Flavor is sweet malts forward which then become better balanced with citrus and tropical fruit esters, dry bready malts, floral hops, and a light touch of spicy alcohol. Medium body and carbonation.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, $8.99. I bought this because I really like hoppy red ales but I almost never find any good ones. . I feel like all of Alaskanís pilot series is disappointing except for the barleywine. This was no exception. Smells nice and hoppy. Clear, garnet colored, huge head, some lace. Flavor is strong alcohol, bitter hops, malty. The alcohol flavors really detract from this. I should have known better.
Serving type: bottle
poisoneddwarf (1603) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bought at Super 1 in CDA, ID. Pours a hazy amber with a medium collapsing beige head with lots of big ugly bubbles. Aroma is super caramelly with some citrusy hops along for the ride. Taste starts out a little malty sweet before some real bitterness sets in. Not bad for what it is, but I was expecting more given the scores on here. As a sidenote, I just had a New Belgium Rampant and thought it was superior, but itís getting lower scores on here (same goes for the yummy Dogfish/SN collaboration Rhizing Bines). It just goes to show that you can never really trust the scores on here too much. Maybe I just have weird tastes, though.
jake65 (2521) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Deep amber color with a finger of thick khaki colored head. Big aroma of citrus and pine; pleasantly sweet and potent. Backed up by an assertive hop flavor. Citrus, pine, resin, and floral. Wet and a nice bit of malty sweetness. Really good stuff.
marcus (5896) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at Capital Beerfest, Sacramento. Pours reddish brown with a decent beige head and a smoky red malt aroma. There is a full-bodied smoked malt flavor with a raspy finish.
dlbeer (641) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Red/brown pour with yellow/tan head and a lot of lacing. Smells of citrus hops and toasted malts. Tastes of same with slight raisin notes. Very good and complex.
brokensail (9853) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazed copper pour with an off-white head. Caramel and brown sugar sweetness to the aroma. Pine, orange peel, and grapefruit hop notes balance the sweetness. The flavor is fairly sweet and malty. Lots of caramel and brown sugar. Good pine and grapefruit bitterness with some more fruity citrus notes to it.
robforbes (2034) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a cloudy copper with a small tan head, and very good lacing.
smell is faint, spice, and brown sugar.
taste is of spice, malt, caramel, and brown sugar. ends with lots of spice.
deekyn (992) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - pours nice red brown with 1 finger off white head. S - piney and citrus hops. Caramels malts abound. Very much a pale. M - sticky syrupy mf. Medium body, simple palate. T - very malty brew. Caramel malts, with grassy piney hops. Simple sugary malts. 6/
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DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Deep red- orange with a dense beige head that laces thickly. Lovely aroma of fresh pineapple, citrus, and caramel malt that makes me think more of melon. Flavour-dense palate that is equally malty and hoppy, again literally bursting with tropical fruit aromatics. Unlike some IRAs, this strikes the right balance without becoming cloyingly sweet. Really delicious!