ClarkVV (3754) - 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.
Barreras (821) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep mahogany, brown color. Aroma is of sweet malt mixed with a caramel smell. Taste is of doughy malt, mixed with a heavy caramel flavor. At first I thought the beer was too swsweet, but as the beer warmed it became aromatic. This beer got better as I reached the bottom of the bottle. Smooth aftertaste and easy drinking of a complex beer.
wchesser (988) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep orange brown. Heavy lacing. Some caramel malts on the nose giving way to earth hops as it warms. Similar experience with the taste...very malt forward at first with a lot of caramel, almost like an old-ale-lite, then becomes more of like a hoppy amber. Solid.
mar (4591) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown with a khaki head. Hops, pine, fresh, sticky, and malts. Great chewy palate, piney hops, bread, dough, great finish.
AWISLguy (1011) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Rays in Tosa. Pours an orangey brown with an orange head leaving some nice lacing. Aroma has sweet fruits, stone fruits, pine, tangy spices and caramel. Luscious "american strong" blend in the aroma - quite hoppy. Taste is of sweet fruits, heavy spicy pine, tangy other spices, lots of caramelly & biscuity malts and resin. Medium bodied and quite dry. Finishes bittersweet, and in terrific balance between the two, with a touch of a peppery tang adding some length. A terrifically hoppy amber = an "american strong ale" in my book. Regardless a very nice brew!
sherm1016 (1035) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a deep, ruby reddish brown color with a huge tan head and some lacing. Aroma is hoppy, grassy, hay, flowers. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, toffee, bread, some grassy hops, with a light bitter hop finish. Interesting.
Hair6a11 (1255) - Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is dark mahogany, with a one finger, fine bubbled khaki head this glass. Itís not as nice looking as Evil Dead Red - whatever. The nose is caramel, biscuit notes, with a nice american hop profile, but theres a mineral presence as well here that takes it down a notch. Retention was fairly poor as well. Whatever. The flavor profile shines though, but Evil Dead Red is the king, if youíre wondering. This one is sticky caramel buns, more minerals, pine and citrus notes, with some light fade near the finish. Itís a proper amber, for sure, but Iíve got Evil Dead Red on the brain.
onceblind (3573) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark mahogany under a thick rocky off-cream head. Wonderful nose of chocolate covered cherries and a sharp tartness of red fruity berry, atop a mildly bitter floral hop resin. The flavor is a wee bit on the mild side, and starts with a mild-ish caramel maltiness...but then halfway through it turns into a chocolate cherry cordial flavor, with a pseudo synthetic strawberry creme flavor reminiscent of chocolate-cherry ice cream. Very nice and interesting. Finishes with a light touch of chocolate.
jkwalking05 (3392) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Light brown in color with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of caramel, strawberry, almost candy-like, honey, brown sugar, and a hint of piney hops. Taste is of strawberry blending to caramel, light raisin, faint earthy notes, honey, and juicy orange. I usually HATE amber ales...this is a GREAT beer.
Stuedmaster (128) - Vista, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bomber from Frazier Farms. Ruby red pour with one inch beige head that lasts and leaves lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, grapefruit, resin, floral, hay, bread, and caramel. Flavor is sweet and bitter at the same time, with the bitter winning out in the end. Too many high alpha hops for me, tastes like Cascade and Centennial with too much grapefruit flavor. I detect some roasted grain and coffee notes in the finish. Overall kind of nice but Iím not crazy about it. I like the 6.66% abv. the number of the beast.
TheHOFF43 (1609) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Alesmith. Pours a hazy amber with khaki head. Aroma is strong caramel, floral hops. Flavor is fantastic caramel and hops. Floral, citrus and caramel blend with a terrific mouthfeel. Great beer.