beerbastard (502) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle, Reddish brown pour. Piny grapefruit aromas that blend well, very full, but not overly bold. Great mix of hop flavors and sweet malts, smooth. Finishes with honeys and bitters and some burn from the alcohol. Damn good! Very well balanced and very drinkable.
Gription79 (1608) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber thanks to Mike. Notes of caramel, citrusy, floral, malty, toffee, fruity. This was easy drinking, surprising with this style.
improvjock (290) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish red with a good amount of tan head. Aroma is a mix of citrus hops and sugary malts. Flavor is piny hops, brown sugar, and candied fruit. Very good!
blutt59 (5690) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled, thanks to mora2000, red amber pour with no head, aroma is hoppy caramel, flavor is nice creamy malted caramel with some hops, good finish
Mora2000 (4056) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Medium red with a white head. Aroma is pine with some caramel and sugar notes. Flavor is resinous pine, as well as some juicy orange, caramel, brown sugar and medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
scooterbub (667) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
651 ml bottle. Pours a dark, murky red with a two inch tan head that lasts. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, hops, pine, grapefruit, citrus, resin and mint in the end. Similar aroma. Has a nice body with a lingering bitter and dry finish. Lots of flavors that are not over powering or unpleasant. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.
SpringsLicker (2823) - 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 (891) - 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 (1119) - 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 (3580) - 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 (1512) - 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.