Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber with a nice double-finger head. Some nice lacing as I work my way through the glass. The smell is of sweet malt, and is fairly complex, as is often the style with a good Irish Red Ale. The taste is all malt, with only the faintest hint of hop bitterness. I can definitely see the insane number of different malts in this, as the taste is fairly complex. Nice and medium-bodied and very drinkable, especially for a style that’s not one of my favorites.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-20-2010
jrob21 (2184) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice reddish amber color. The aroma is faint and not all that engaging. A little sweetness, toffee, caramel. The flavor is a little fruity up front, maybe some red fruits and plum. The main malt character and dominant experience is the caramel malt. No hop presence here to speak. Would have liked a little more balance.
brokensail (9159) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a pretty interesting color. Deep, dark red, perhaps garnet with a thin off-white head.
S: The nose is pretty bland, unfortunately. Maybe some toffee and caramel, a hint of cacao. No hops to be seen, which is odd for an Alpine beer.
T: The flavor is a little bit better, but not by much. Some toffee, bread, toasted malt, and some molasses. A light bitterness and some burnt sugar.
M: The mouthfeel is decent: medium body and carbonation.
D: One of the few Alpine beers that is just plain bland. At least the bad fruit flavored ones have a strong flavor to them.
GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Toronado SD. Poured a clear, reddish amber with a thin, dense, beige head that left excellent lace. Aroma of caramel, light cinnamon, toast. Taste is sweet, cidery, spicy rye, brown sugar, caramel.
capncali (12) - USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
from a 22oz bottle matlty with carmel notes and hint of rye crispness very good flavor
Getbetter (660) - Cucamonga, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 22oz bottle,red in color, white head,sweet chocolate and carmel taste,rye make this beer taste funky.
gorditoabd (606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours an initial dark amber, before turning a more translucent russet. Lots of bubbles and a lively, though thin, white foam head. Aromas are gently of cinnamon, honey, tree sap roasted almonds, and malt. Taste is decently close to the aromas, especially in the early palate. Mid-palate reveals the rye, which is an interesting, though brief departure, before the later palate becomes sweet and intense of something between cinnamon and caramel. Not bad. Perhaps a little vague as a result of trying to bring so many things into the picture.
Itzjerm (905) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the best irish type red beers I have had. What makes it different from every other one? No bitterness... almost a sweet molases after taste. Very enjoyable!
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color of this brew a reddish hue. Aromas of caramel maltiness. Pretty light on the body. Sweet malt flavors predominate and last too long. Easy to drink and pleasant for the style.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draught at O’Brien’s (San Diego, CA) on St. Patrick’s day: Pours out a nice dark red color and topped with a thin off-white head. Nutty malt aromatic notes with some light caramel and toffee. Flavor is similar- very few hops if existent at all, sweet malts, processed light caramel syrup, and toasted grain. A little burnt and robust overall. Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery. Needs more hops to add a bitter edge to the balance. Drinkability: Just got by without being offensive. Pairing: Beer battered garlic fries. Rebuy: Better off drinking a stout on St. Patty’s day instead. #346 on 19032010, DG.