BlackHaddock (4146) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On my six beer flight and then a pint at the brewpub (Irvine) on 7th July 2014. As the name suggests, this is beer with a red hue to it’s colouring, on top a small grubby white head. Fairly sweet nose and taste, malts leading the way, caramel and mild toffee notes sitting on a fruity/floral base. Number two in my scoring of the six I tried.
Blairgus (2729) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
25 June 2014, tap at Back Street in Irvine. amber, clear, no bubbles. nose is lightly toasted malt. thin body and moderately fizzy. toasty malt, maybe a bit tin or metallic. meh.
anders37 (17566) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Back Street Brewery Vista, Vista, CA. Pours a reddish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy caramel aroma. Fruity malty hoppy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy caramel finish.
greenhorn1 (822) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Lader Ranch location. Not bad, but try their ER IPA. This pours reddish brown and is your typical amber. Nothing memorable, but easy to drink.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had this on tap in Irvine.
It’s an amber/red pour, a bit sticky sweet, almost caramelly.
brokensail (11599) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The pour is a nice amber color with a thin ring of off-white head.
S: There’s a decent caramel and toffee sweetness with some light citrus hop aroma too. Unfortunately, a weird olive oil sort of aroma that doesn’t belong in beer.
T: Not really sweet or bitter, but a bit of toffee to provide some sort of malty flavor. Again, the fruity olive oil character and somewhat chalky, too.
M: The body is medium, I suppose, but the carbonation is fairly low and there is the previously mentioned chalkiness.
D: Back Street does have some pretty decent beers, but this is not one of them, unfortunately.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden with a tiny white head. Hoppy nose with grapefruits, pale malt and pine. Flavour had plenty of hops, pine, grapefruit and pale malt. Fairly dry and bitter. Not bad.
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Vista location. Color was dark auburn with a light brown head. For the style, the flavor and aroma were good. Aroma of red malt, almost strong ale smelling. Caramel and fruit. Flavor of cocoa, fruit, red malt. A bit unrefined, but still good tasting.
thedradle (9) - , California, USA - SEP 25, 2008 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If I were stuck on a desert island with kegs of this stuff and a beautiful woman, I’d kill her so she wouldn’t drink the beer...it’s that good.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at Vista location. Pours dark red/brown with a moderate sized, offwhite head. Smells dark fruity malty sweet. Tastes malty red fruit sweet with some hops, sweet. Medium body, crisp carbonation.