SpringsLicker (3196) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is deep clear brown with a large garnet glow. Tall tan head that coats the sides of the glass as it retreats.
Aroma of dark caramel with citrus and spice hops.
The flavor is sweet with a brown sugar tone to it. Some smoky dryness in the finish.
Sammer (1065) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Taste is burnt brown sugar, malt, summer fruits and booze. Solid imperial red.
popery (1536) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours red with a beige head. More interestingly, it appears to have some chill haze, which is odd. I thought it was just a cloudy beer after my first pour, but no, the cloudiness has disappeared as the beer warms. It also foamed up a bunch when I poured, which I guess is another sign. It doesnít really bother me, but I am surprised to see it from a brewery of Alaskanís size and experience. The aroma is mostly hops, floral and citric, but thereís a deep toasty malt sweetness in there as well. Candied grapefruit peel. Itís a nice enough aroma, though the hop contributions are a bit drab for a new beer, at least compared to all of the more interesting work with hops of late. The taste is a bit more disappointing. Thereís a funny DME-ish sweetness to the beer. Itís a sweet tang that doesnít sit quite right. Booze is evident. Lots of caramel and toasty, bready malt. More drab hops. Theyíre not terribly bitter and there is flavor to them, but itís just a basic grapefruit/pine resin note thatís muted and stale. I donít really mind the lack of hop complexity, and I quite like standard American CTZ flavors, but this is just boring. Mouthfeel is smooth and mostly pleasant, but the beer gets a bit sticky and boozy, particularly in the finish. Iím not quite sure what to do with this beer. I feel like Iím being overly harsh, but Iím struggling to find positives. These flavors have been done better in other beers. Neither the malt sweetness nor the hops are handled well. There are some really good big hoppy red ales out there, so I donít really understand bringing a new one to market without a good reason, and Iím not seeing any real reason to buy this beer over beers that have been around for years and are widely available.
boFNjackson (4184) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured deep re with a thick, eggy, off-white head. Earthy, malty nose. Nice trashing beer. Balanced with floral tones and deep sinuous hops, along its sweet malts and caramel-like sugars and toastiness. Green hops, tea leaves, earthy spice with low yeast/ester presence. Nice malty finish.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in a bomber. Pour amber with a little head on it. Aged for a few months. Slightly sweet and malts are smooth.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is better than the taste. Caramel, sweet malt, biscuit, some pine. The aftertaste is a little off to me.
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anders37 (18184) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an amber reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy aroma. Fruity malty piney hoppy bitter flavor with weak hints of caramel. Has a fruity malty piney hoppy bitter finish.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep red and slightly hazy-small head. Nose is citrus, fruits and herbs,grapefruit, deep caramel and a touch of roast malt. Flavor is similar. Finishes lightly sweet but an assertive bitterness that doesnít linger too long. Full body and caramel malty rich. Interesting. could have used more hops overall.
larryLSB (448) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bomber, dark amber with red hue, nice medium off white-light tan head. Nice sweet malty nose with floral notes. Taste was balanced toward sweetness and just a hint of spice. Medium bodied, a bit sticky with good carbonation, nice finish. Good strong ale, doesnít have that strong boozieness.
bb (7068) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bronze beer with a cream head. Pine and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and summer fruit flavor with light pine. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and summer fruit linger with light pine and light malt.