lagomswedish (213) - Umeĺ, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (thanks ClarkVV). My first imperial red ale! Popping the cap the typically American hop aromas came flooding out, with citrus, pine and a decent dash of tinned pineapple juice. This is an attractive beer, living up to it’s red ale label. The fantastic aroma is this beer’s most likeable feature for me, as the taste fails to live up to the aromatic hype. A very viscous, syrupy mouthfeel and a lingering, dry biiterness surround this perfumed and spicy beer. It’s nicely balanced, with minimal alcohol heat, and a great beer to have in the depths of a Swedish winter.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Amber in color with a medium off white head. Aroma is alot of citrus, as well as caramel malts. Taste is alot of fresh citrus hops with a really big malt backbone, caramel, and bready/toasty malt. notes of berries/plums. extremely well balanced. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Alcohol completely hidden.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/06. Very nice sweet grapefruit aroma. Pleasant malty creamy taste with ending hop bitterness. Somewhat refreshing. Better than the summer version which is too bitter and unbalanced. one of the better alesmith beers. Most are over the top and unbalanced.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours coper red with a thick dark yellow head. Smells of crazy fresh citric hops: I love it. Flavor has a very hoppy nature with a sweet balancing malt. Hop flavor lingers in your mouth with lemon, pineapple, and a sharp bitterness. Palate is fairly thick and there is an alcoholic backend but enforcing not overpowering. I would like to sample this next to the summer Yulesmith, since this is much more pleasurable to me than the other.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a clear pale copper color with a huge fluffy persistent tan head. Aroma is of grass, earth and malt with berry notes. Taste is of rich malts and aromatic hops with notes of citrus and berry. Alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Ending is dry and bittersweet with floral notes.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber: Pours a reddish orange with a thick rocky off-white head, aroma has citrus, dark fruits, bread and pine, full bodied, sticky texture with ample carbonation, starts and ends bitter with a long bitter-sweet bready aftertaste.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Recieved this on a trade from Crosling. Hazy orange color. Smells sweeter than expected, grapefruit and citrus. Half inch off white head. Taste is slightly hoppy, slightly sweet, pineapple, tropical, citrus, nice balance of hops and caramel malt. Overall, very pleasant well balanced beer.
DocLock (9494) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Here’s a beer I never thought I’d see in PA.
The Buildup: Hazy deep ruby pour presented a 2-finger, creamy off-white head with layers of lacing.
The Olfactory Elements: Big tropical fruity and citric hop smell, with notes of mango, pineapple, black pepper, star fruit, and tangerine.
The Tongue Lashing: Richly caramel malty flavor, with a complex cascade of tropical fruit flavors mixed in with the large hop bill. The palate was a bit sticky, very rich, and very complex. It got a tad hot as it warmed, and even acquired a slight Belgian aley note.
The Aftermath: The aftermath saw my liver and kidneys converting this to waste products, and those waste products being passed out of my body as urea.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange, amber colour with an off white head. Malty, light alcohol and caramel sweet aroma with a hoppy pine needle note. Malty, caramel sweet flavor with a hoppy fruity note. Dry bitter finish.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red copper color, thick light brown head. Hoppy aroma. Big hoppy flavor, very smooth and well integrated. Sweet caramel crystal malts. Really tasty.