Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap at brewpub-hands down the best amber ale i have EVER had-6/17/11 at the taproom-pours copper hue with a small soapy white head with awesome lacing nose of dank hops resin pine huge hops here-love it! definately the hoppiest red i have had. huge pine citrus resin love hops flavors all over this thing. unbelieveable lovely soft palate long hoppy finish. this beer is amazing!
48FanInCali (612) - California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Alpine Brewpub. Nice amber pour with one inch lasting head. Nose if hops, malt, and light fruit. Taste was nutty and fairly hoppy and reminded me a lot of FFF Brian Boru. Nice balanced amber ale with a non overpowering hop kick.
hamilton23 (579) - Alpine, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a nice auburn color with beige head.
S: Carmel, hops, some roasted malts.
T: Slightly sweet on the front end with a nice amount of bittering hops in the back end of this one. There is some caramel notes in there, maybe a little bit of pine.
M: Nicely carbonated.
O: Only brewed during major soccer tournaments. This is a hop forward red with a nice balance. Well done.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Chocolate and hutty malt aroma with light grapefruit. Nutty, chooclate flavor with light grapefruit and light pine. Medium bodied. Nuttiness and chocolate lingers with light pine and light vanilla.
StefanSD (1923) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2011 4oz (I think) taster at brewery. Pours an amber-brown color with a medium beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is kinda faint with sweet malts and biter hops. Flavor is hops forward with fruity hops (I’m thinking Nelson) set in a nutty caramel malt base. Palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes semi-sweet and fruity. Overall: Very nice, a bit closer to an IPA than to an amber ale. Re-rate on 06-22 - pint glass at the brewpub-wow they really kicket up the hops. Lots of piney hops and less caramel, I’m upping my rating.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and i’d definitely get it again. Just didn’t knock my socks off. a bit too much caramel with fruity hops. a bit of a clash
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Obriens. Pours a mostly clear deep red with a frothy off white head. Nice carmely nose with some piny hops. Damn tasty red.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at O’Briens during Mexico vs France 2010 worldcup game. Pours a dark reddish amber color with moderate white head. Not much aroma. Mouth feel is thick with lots of carbo. Taste is malty with little hops detected. Decent ale.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Obriens. Deep amber with white ring of head and sticky lacing. Nose is resin and grass hops backed by caramel and toffee. Flavor is caramel malts up front that transition to moderate high levels of bitterness and chalk before opening up to pine resin hop flavor, finishes moderately sweet and bitter. Medium body and carbonation, chewy thick texture. A balanced red ale highlighted by hop bitterness, good drinkability.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster on tap@O’Brien’s: Pours root beer in color with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity with some sharp hops. Flavor starts fruity with some light cherry and finishes with a moderately hoppy bitterness. Light-medium body is tangy with lively carbonation.