Strykzone (4218) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Rories house. Dark red brown with a nice beige head and lacing. A well hopped nose is a pleasant surprise. That carries into the flavor. Bigcitrus hops with fruit and lots of malts. Really good.
dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
straight banginí. There honestly should be a distinction drawn for this style. Noble alpha red and this are really on another level for me. Aroma is pine, grapefruits, mango, pineapple, spruce, grass and light cat piss followed by a slight hint of caramel and chocolate. remarkably complex for an aroma profile. Pours a blood red with a tan thick head that laces like crazy. taste is hops bitter IPA but then surprise bonus!!! caramel and chocolates on the back of the tongue. Palate is perfectly refreshing not to thick and not saison dry. overall a really really nice offering with some style to boot.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Valentineís 2013 bomber, drunk 2/17/13.
Fresh pine and candied citrus notes greet the nose the second the cap pops off. Smells good, especially if you like PNW hops. Pours to a fluffy, off-white head on top of a "beautiful crimson color"ed body. Clear.
Toasted malt flavors mix with tangy grapefruit and resin hop notes. Itís funny, I havenít had an AleSmith beer in probably, wow......5 years?? They donít have the stuff on draught in Boston and if you only drink at bars (cut-out buying rare/expensive bottled beer for the past 5 years), you never get to drink it (and I canít open the old bottles I have because theyíre worth more than my goddamned car now (just kidding, I donít have a car)).
Ahem, anyways, Iíve never loved AleSmith for their hoppy offerings (crazy, Iím sure) and this isnít really any different for me. But the quality hasnít gone down, that I can tell. Now that Iíve lifted my ban on rare/expensive bottled beer, Speedway is high on my list to go try again. Hopefully that stuff is as good as ever.
As a sidenote, the beer is filtered, which most beers that have to be shipped across the country in large number are. I used to get pretty up-in arms about filtration, and while in a perfect world, beer should never be filtered, no matter the style, having a little more insight in to the industry allows you to appreciate that it is a necessity quite often.
So there ya go, I still enjoy going off on long tangents about nothing, in reviews. While Iíll probably never buy this again (nothing against the beer, just more a milestone (always like to try AleSmith beers that I havenít before)), itís nice to see this on the shelves in Boston. And now for the numbers, which I have almost no interest in entering, for whatever reason.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured a deep mahogany color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of pine needles, floral, some toastiness, and citrus. Tastes of citrus, caramel, pine, and chocolate. A tad on the this side.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hit out distro, awesome hoppy aroma, flavor is malts, with a dry slightly bitter slightly sweet finish
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mix of red and brown colors. Aroma has a hop tinge to it. Some herbal notes too. Taste is strong. Malt and hops counterbalance each other. A solid if unspectacular example of the west coast red.
PeteyGun84 (13) - Oxnard, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good aroma not to strong. Nice color light brown head. Caramel, chocolate, hops perfectly balanced. Sweet on the palate. Definitely one of many favorites.
wnoble (1096) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red in color with a very light taupe colored head. Nose brings a mirage of west coast hops and rich caramel malts. Moderate amounts of citrus, pine needles, pine resins, citrus, sap, herbs, light sweet tropical fruits, nuts, toffee, toasted malts, cooked raisin sugar, dark and lightly burnt caramels. Flavor follows suit with dark caramel, toffee, roasted sugar aroma supported with a heavy mooing of piney, citrus, and fruity hops. Medium carbonation, lightly bitter which is nice that it doesnít punch you in the face with bitterness. Canít help but finish with a dark caramel finish.
thornecb (3986) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark ruby into a tulip. Off-white head with good retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Resin and caramel aromas. Sweet tropical fruit and caramel upfront turning to resin in the medium length finish.
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with off white head. Nose and taste of resin, caramel toffee, toasted malt, pine, citrus and grapefruit. Medium body.