SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Fragrant aroma that delivers a heaping serving of fresh green hops that suggest pine and citrus while chances of rye like malts lurk in the distance. Appearance was a deep amber red with a orange tinted transparency along the edges. Head developed thick and fluffy at first but eventually crawled downwards and left a standard layer of foam. The drink is a combination of flavors that bring about bitter almost salty like tastes across my tongue yet levels of semi sweet malts round the body out. This beer is well crafted and holds a sturdy structure with just the right dosage of flavorings of malt and hop mixture. Good fair price which means this should sell through fast.
daleharshman (827) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased at the brewery in Scripps Ranch ($4.25). Pours a lovely red-garnet color with two fingers of light tan head. AROMA of very bright and fragrant citrus, spicy and herbal hop notes, wet pine needles, and some caramel maltiness. Flavor of bitter and herbal hops with hoppy notes of grapefruit / lime / pine and brewed black tea (with lemon) followed by a smooth caramel and toasted malt presence. Finishes with some lingering bitterness. Even though it took me a few months to open this bottle, the hops stayed strong and fresh. A very hoppy and juicy "amber." (30, 815)
viyh (71) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Distinct aromatics of orange and tea. Slight bitters while being very light on the tongue
J_man (619) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich toasted malt and chocolate aromas with a light vegetal component. Clear red/orange/copper color with a thin but persistent white head. The roasted and sweet malt flavor and strong earthy/pithy hop bit hit strong and simultaneously. Caramel and butterscotch sweetness coat the tongue with a creamy consistency and are quickly washed away by the powerful hop bitterness with an aftertaste of grapefruit and apricot. The alcohol shows through clearly and helps elevate all the flavors. Lasting bitterness and woody dryness. Nothing here is out of balance or out of place. One of the best red ales I’ve ever had.
jbruner (1686) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a clear copper with minimal ring of lacy off-white head. Aroma is stron resinous pine hops up front, then it falls to toasted nuts and caramel sweetness. Taste follows, slightly bitter finish with a hint of sweetness. Well balanced and tasty.
Kroney (125) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark reddish mahogany with a thin tan head. aroma is sweet malt with a touch of earthy hops. flavor is extremely balanced and smooth. stars with a nice hoppy kick at the front then eases into the caramel/toffee malt finish, but neither is overpowering. smooth and easy drinking. great beer.
jcos (1352) - Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on August 18th, 2013 split with Dave and Josh ML..
Appearance: Pours a red brown opaque.
Aroma: Aroma of caramel, faint pine
Taste: Medium bitterness, pine, a lot of caramel backbone..
Palate:Light body, somewhat sticky.
Summary: I enjoyed this beer but it was a bit to sweet for my preference on the style.
badpuppy69 (142) - orange, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a copper color with a tan frothy creamy head. Aroma is citrucy hoppy mango sweet malt. Taste is tropical citrucy and hops resin. Some pine notes a spices aswel. Medium smooth mouth feel. Very tasty beer!
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Coppery, clear, moderate frothy off-white head, decent lacing.   Hoppy nose, caramel, soft sweet pine, citrus peel, and a little breadiness.   Similar tongue, smooth and well balanced.   Comes across as a
well made hoppy red.   Tastes fresh too!   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Soft citrus, pine, and tea leaves linger.   Enjoyable brew!   Thanks Ron!
Sdauchert (3) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber/red color with small amber/tan head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and a little caramel. Hops come through in the taste. Clean finish with just enough bitterness. Great beer by Ballast.
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