ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, 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.
TheJvd (1196) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle at Camping Ratebeer í15. Pours a bit hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is quite fruity with some red fruits, tropical fruits and hops. Taste has some caramel, pine, tropical fruits, hops and a medium bitter finish. Medium body and carbo.
JDBaker11058 (1935) - Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
appearance: dark cola brown, purplish highlights, fizzy and scant beige head. aroma: caramel and brown sugar--almost treacly--with some raisin, cherry, leather, and chocolate, some citrusy notes in the background, like candied orange peel. taste: sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses, with an undertone of milk chocolate, cherry, vanilla, and a current of citrus and a hint of pine. finish: slightly chewy, lingering sweetness, nice note of brown toast. notes: Probably the fullest, sweetest Iíve had in the style. Not bad at all.
wekker84 (2170) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts citrus fruits dried fruits yeast spicy nuts and hops flavor malts citrus fruits pineapple grapefruits spicy some dried fruits some caramel earthly notes and bitter hops
Nie (104) - - MAY 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pour to cup. Sweet sappy smell. Dark brown amber. Rich malts, maple, caramel. Satisfying body. Bitter wheat flavor finish.
BlackHaddock (6351) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, Bought by my daughter for her husband, drank on 12th May 2016 by my son and I on my daughters patio in the Californian sunshine. Rustic red/brown with a thin head. No mention of Rye on the bottle,but I thought this had a Rye like aroma and taste. Fairly sweet from the off with dark/red berries in both the nose and flavours along with the malts, Rye or not.
jamestulloch (3430) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Appellation Wines tasting. Clear ruby body with a thin beige head. Faint lacing. Aroma of maple syrup, strawberry and caramel. Flavour of jammy dodgers, grass, red fruits and strawberry syrup. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Sweet and complex.
Evilkniamhel (554) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours cloudy brown. Aromas of burnt toffee, caramel, molasses. On the palate; burnt sugar, caramel, resin.
nihtila (2904) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Comely Bankers III. Nose is hoppy resin, sweet caramel. Taste is dryer than nose, resinous hops, dry toffee, red fruits, caramel. Nice.
AshtonMcCobb (5241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Amanda.
Appearance - deep amber brown when a decent head.
Nose - stewed redcurrants. Honey and cereal.
Taste - cake mixture and more tangy red fruit.
Palate - close to medium bodied with a tangy texture and a long dry tangy finish.
Overall - really interesting beer.
mintzmeet (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2016
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red ale. Interesting front taste. Almost tastes like a chocolate orange. Somewhat like a porter. Kind of thick texture but smooth. Fluffy aftertaste. Strange mintiness