SudsMcDuff (5916) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Day 1: alone, doing well. Mentally sound. Met a crab
Day 2: I have married the crab.
Day 3: I have eaten my wife.
ARH (520) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap poured into a 4 oz sampler. Theres an aroma of rye bread and grain that appears to be the most prevalent, accompanied by a lighter toffee note (perhaps even a light cheese). It pours a deep caramel amber color with a light cloudy head with a decent lace. This hits a really nice balance between sweet and bitter - sweetness at about a medium level, and the bitter at a medium-high level. The bitter really comes off as mellow and smooth, and not really in your face. The body is medium, medium-full, but the texture is thin, and slick with an average amount of carbonation. It’s starts out with a bit of a berry and caramel sweetness which then gives way to a burnt rye finish with some other grassy notes and a somewhat mild aftertaste.
bnielsen13 (246) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Pours amber with small head. Aroma is caramel, toffee and very hoppy. Flavor is tangy, piney, resiny and some caramel malt. Very nicely done to hide the alcohol content
jjh19 (61) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Deep red, decent head.
Smell: Not a lot in the nose.
Taste: Sweet and malty. Some toffee. Much more intense flavor than I would have guessed from the aroma. Fairly boozy.
Mouthfeel: Medium-ish body.
Drinkability: Solid. A bit heavy handed on the maltiness. Not a favorite.
Hopman1 (32) - apple valley, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is absolutely enjoyable Ballast Point does not disappoint .They make many delicious brews and I’d say this one falls in their top ten . Its an Imperial Red Ale with lots of hop flavors a spruce scent with a very mellow smooth finish and a nice reddish auburn color. This one is a must!!
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red . Aroma is very sweet with a little hop aroma. However the flavor blasts with hops and very bitter which lasts. Fantastic strong ale.
JoshuaMason (27) - - FEB 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Deep redwood; Fluffy, tan head; good lace; medium carb activity
Smell: Pineapple; Woody/Floral hops; Black Cherry; Caramel sweetness
Taste: Black Cherry; Plum; Woody/Floral hops; Orange rind; Alchohol
Mouth-feel: Balanced; Medium Body; Big Carbonation; Dry Finish
Overall: Wonderful West Coast style Red. The ample malt sweetness is nicely balanced by the hops
SSSteve (3804) - - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red. Big piney aroma. Flavor big and piney with evident abv. Sweet medium colored malts. Some hints of mid color crystal maybe. Better as it warms and loses some carbo.
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma - was massive, with big oily hops and alcohol. That acetone like quality when it’s too much. I knew this one was going to shred my stomach.
Appearance - orange amber body, with an off-white head. Not as much head or lacing as I would have thought
Taste - was intensely hoppy, some grapefruit, with subdued malts that tend to be slightly caramel and roast in nature
Feel - very oily of hops, and that usually hurts my stomach. Like super hot wings, I like them but both oily hopped beers and spicy foods don’t like me back.
It certainly doesn’t fail to measure up to it’s name, wouldn’t drink more than one.
c/o Doug F. - Beer#5 of the Craft Beer Social Club Chap #1 (L’Ouverture Sociale de la Bičre)
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish colored, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel. Medium to full body, moderate bitterness, remains very drinkable.