elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, Blue Palms. Short: a deliciously fresh, hoppy amber. Color is dark blood red. Aroma is spicy and floral. Flavor balances the crisp hop notes with mild caramel and acidic red fruit (blood orange anyone?? Finishes with a quick flourish of bitterness.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, clearly the BEST amber ale iíve ever had!!! Pours an amber body with an off white head. Really fresh and hoppy nice pine, citrus, and tangerines. Really tropical, sweet and fruity with a piney and lush grassy finish. Well iím positive why this is my favorite amber b/c it definitely blurs the line of an ipa, i could drink this shit all day and night beautiful, thanks to Dak for the share.
iowaherkeye (2695) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blue Palms. AHazy red with a one finger beige head, creamy and coating with fair retention. Lots of tasty citrus and pine hops, even a bit spicy, followed by a sweet toffee and lightly earthy caramel malt backbone. Flavor is much the same with bitterness fairly tame at first, but quickly builds as being very piney and earthy. Lots of toffee and citrus rinds going on as well. Some toasty malts hang in the background with the slightest tinge of roasted malt. Finishes semi-dry with bitterness at a 4, though seemingly well balanced. Medium smooth body with light to moderate carbonation. Breaks the mold for the otherwise boring amber style, and is more like an imperial red lite.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: hazy amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet citrus aroma, caramel sweetness, lots of hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of citrus and earthy hops, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
jcwattsrugger (11173) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBWG@RLRL-thanks to daknole-growlerĖ pours a tan head and brown color. Aroma is resin hops, some medium malt. Taste is resin/citrus hops bite, some medium malt-a bit of licorice/peat.
daknole (9417) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBWG, thanks to smokepot23 for sending this for me to share. Red pour. Citrus and spicy hops combine with a nice aroma of caramel malt. Flavor is hoppy and loaded with caramel. Well done for a usually boring style. Alesmith rocks.
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 (11371) - 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 (2360) - 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.