darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dak for sharing this growler at RBWG. Pours a reddish amber. Nose is super hoppy, at first I thought this was an IPA. Citrus, light grain and some grassiness. Intense hop flavor up front and a chewy malt body that really holds up well with a rather long bitter finish. Not my thing but this is really well done.
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is deep amber color with a lot of brown to it. The head is minimal at a little less than a fingerís worth of off-white foam.
S: The nose is almost exactly what I look for in a red ale. Plenty of grapefruit and miscellaneous citrus notes from the hops with a nice toasty and bready malt backbone and a mild pine quality.
T: Fairly similar to the taste with a hit of citrus on the front end, sweet bready and caramel malt in the middle and a bit of bitter pine on the finish. Not quite as good as the aroma, but still quite nice.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a crisp finish.
D: One of my new favorite beers from Alesmith. Itís unfortunate that this beer isnít one of their "staples", but I suppose it will make me look forward to the opportunities I get to have it.
italianjohn (2288) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy brown pour (which I didnít expect cause of the name) with a creamy tan head ... lacing ... smell of light piney hop .... sweet malty caramel taste with dark fruits and a hoppy citrus bite .... its thinner than it looks and is very sessionable .... a very good beer
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kinda of a dark brown with a strong hint of red mixed in. Malty aroma with pine and a bit of citrus hops. Very pleasing taste, nice and solid with a hoppy flavored ending that doesnít really add much bitterness. I expected this to be ok, but ti really turned out to be much nicer than I expected.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pizza Port (Solana Beach, CA): Poured dark brown with some red highlights if held up to the light. Needless to say I was disappointed with the appearance as my expectations were a lot higher for such a cool name. However, the aroma and taste certainly makes up for it. Very hoppy for an amber. Aroma of citrus and pine perfectly balanced with some dark malts. Flavor is similar- fresh clean pine and citrus hops balancing with a smooth but not cloying maltiness. Delicate hop finish. Drinkability: Simply delicious. Pairing: Wide range of food; chicken, seafood, burgers, and spicy cuisine. I paired it with the Solana Beach pizza served at Pizza Port. Rebuy: Certainly. #287 on 25022010, DG.
yespr (30755) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. Pours hazy to murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is mild fruity and dark breadish malty. Dark breadish and toffee malt flavoured with a light fruity note showing through. Dark malty and fruity finish with a light bitterness.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Fatherís Office (Santa Monica). Pours a hazy, dark amber-brown color; creamy light-tan head with excellent lacing. Good amounts of basic fruitiness, toffee, and pleasant earthy bitterness; balanced, moderately dry, pleasant. Medium-to-full body; creamy presence, lively carbonation; pleasantly earthy and citrus bitterness, toffee, nuttiness, and slightly oily malt character; a nicely bitter amber; some sweetness and malty heft at the core; lasting finish of caramel, red fruits, earthy bitterness.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Cask at SD Tap Room. Excellent head retention. Dark amber in color. Very hoppy aroma taste and flavor. Hints of caramel malts as well. Another great one from AleSmith
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
CASK, they tapped the bung the same day I was drinking this, big frothy tan head, red amber coloring, aroma is some columbus and amarillo, flavor is columbus, body is thin and firkin-ish. Good stuff!
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unexpectedly hoppy. I was expecting a Valentine beer to have a fruity sweetness to it, but it was balanced out quite nicely by some aggressive hopping. Dark ruby red color with a thick foamy head. Interesting beer.