ClarkVV (4648) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Valentine’s 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. It’s funny, I haven’t had an AleSmith beer in probably, wow......5 years?? They don’t 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 can’t open the old bottles I have because they’re worth more than my goddamned car now (just kidding, I don’t have a car)).
Ahem, anyways, I’ve never loved AleSmith for their hoppy offerings (crazy, I’m sure) and this isn’t really any different for me. But the quality hasn’t gone down, that I can tell. Now that I’ve 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 I’ll probably never buy this again (nothing against the beer, just more a milestone (always like to try AleSmith beers that I haven’t before)), it’s 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.
Pinball (11706) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
from kihoskh,, clody brown, smooth offwhite to light brown head.
nice malty, hoppy , nutty aroma, slightly spicy, but still tasty bone dry us hoppy. Flavor is malty, herbal, lots of sweeter us hops, but loads of bitter hops too, ends up being a malt and hop forward thick full flavor beer which is an absolute joy to drink.
Vells (1147) - Rīga, LATVIA, LATVIA - OCT 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted bit too warm, but anyways very nice. Intense maltiness, toast, caramel, some cocoa in background, light fruity, dried fruits notes. Moderate sweet with light bitterness. Well balanced and lovely brew
zenkis (706) - Ogre, LATVIA - OCT 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasty, like classy American amber/red but with addition of toasted malts. Very caramely aroma, sweet and hoppy. Above medium body.
Alusmamuts (1165) - LATVIA - OCT 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown/red clear with medium beige head. Roasted malt and herbal aroma. Medium bitterness mixed with sweet roasted malt and bread taste, herbal notes. Bread and herbal aftertaste with lasting bitterness.
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fonefan 110415. Red dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is malt, toffee, bread, pine, orange. Flavour is alcohol, malt, hop, toffee, bread, pine, orange, citrus, caramel, chocolate, floral. Very nice beer.
c0fein (392) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle from Firmabier
Deep red colour with a small head. Hoppy, tasty, malty. Good.
Capa (2426) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark red with a beige head. Aroma is malty caramel, floral and fruity hop, toast. Full bodied and rather smooth. Flavor follows the aroma with a bit of chocolate malt. Real nice balance of malt and hop in this amber. Meaty and delicious.
BenH (3252) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Ruby with a tan head. Piney resinous aroma, dried fruit, raisins and prune. Taste is similar, pine, grapefruit, dried fruit, stewed fruit. Slightly bitter. Nice.
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at home ... dark brown ... small tan head .. soft toffee .. soft sweet fruits .. soft toffee malts ... soft toffee caramel fruit.. soft sweet toffee fruit
allmyvinyl (7166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Craigs. Pours clear chestnut with a head. Aromas of resin, wood spice, caramel. Taste is caramel, nutty, wood spice. Sticky finish.