HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a nice reddish brown with a 1 finger head that fades quickly. Smells are caramel and orange peel. The taste is sweet malts and kind of bland. One of my least favorite of the 8 i had from alpine.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle (courtesy of Hamilton23) poured an dark amber with a small off-white head which dissipated into a coating. There was little lacing. The nose was dark fruit, caramel and roasted malt.
The taste is fairly sweet - brown sugar and caramel, tempered by rye and with a bready taste.
The mouthfeel is thin with medium carbonation. While this is a fine stab at the style, with so many great beers from this brewer, this one missed for me. Not a bad brew at all, this just isnít a noteworthy offering.
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured into Stone IPA glass- malt and molasses on the nose, lightly carbonated reddish-brown. Good full body texture, roasted malt flavors yet really clean- very enjoyable and well made beer.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hamiltonís in San Diego. Shared with my brother and his brother in law. Sweet malty and light hops. Just OK.
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish pour. Lots of caramel and spicy hop notes. Sweetish, malty, hoppy flavors.
JohnnyJ (4546) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Alpine brewpub. Clear red amber pour, with off-white head. Caramel malts, light sweetness, fruit, light bread, and light hops. I thought it was pretty good for a kind of shitty style.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, earthy hops and an herbal note. The taste is toffe and bitter hops. Medium bodied.
obguthr (4074) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Buttery caramel aroma, ringed with cherries and vanilla hints. Clear copper, thin yellow head. Rich caramel flavor, palatably buttery. Less fruity on the palate which is nice. Needs better QC. Rich, yet quaffable.
Terminus (3283) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at the brewpub-pours dark orange amber with a small soapy white head. nose of earthy hops and carmel sweetness. the carmel malt almost gives this beer a medicinal note on the initial flavors but followed with alot of earthy/leafy hops and toasted grains. big toasted finish with notes of bread and cookie. pleasant body with a slick mouthfeal. A very solid sample of this style!
Thorpe429 (5011) - , 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 thatís not one of my favorites.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-20-2010