jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Randy. Pours a deep maroon. Aroma is boozy.. caramel, pine, grass. Taste is slightly fruity but shortly overwhelmed by hoppy bitterness. Super boozy.. tastes like 14%. Not the most pleasant imperial red i’ve had.
Ernest (6488) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Looks great, but other than that it’s kind of hard to enjoy. Surprisingly timid aroma for its size, not much going on at all. Caustic and rough and burning in the mouth, though I suppose that is what they were going for based on the name...but that doesn’t make it much fun to drink. Ballast Point is very hit-and-miss, sadly.
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Cinnamon candy spiciness, red delicious apples, pine sap and grapefruit juice hoppiness in the nose. Medium-full body, sweet with strong bitterness and a raw hop grassiness. Fruity and citric, somewhat alcoholic and strongly spicy. About what you expect of hoppy amber barley wine, there’s nothing wrong with it technically but the aroma and flavor aren’t enjoyable for me.
drjay44 (2805) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, thick, well retained, tiny bubbled ivory head, with spare lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 18) body.....nose is heavy American hops with heavy pine, resin, hints of citrus, toasted malts with light biscuit, toffee/caramel, minimal esters, balance to the hops......taste is lightly brown sugar sweet with toffee/caramel notes, then heavy pine, resin, slight citrus, with a lingering heavily bitter finish, balance decidedly to the hops.....mouth feel, medium body, slightly sticky, alcohol warmth quite present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is a huge hop bomb. The hop back bone is utterly dominant with the malts acting as a minor foil. It tastes good and is quite cleansing as a result of the heavy hop load even in the face of the sweet malts. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
beerladadrian (22) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased from the Fine Wine Delivery Co. in a 650ml bottle. Malty / caramel aroma that you’d expect from a red ale. Palate shows intense bitter dryness (hints in the name I guess), but its what you’d expect from a beer with this weight. The alcohol is noticeable with considerable heat, but it does pull you back for another sip of cool ale. tu meke, too much cuz. big fans down under.
pete4999 (1159) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Cole’s in Buffalo, NY. Deep ruby red pour. Kinda boozy and very very heavy. Just a heavy beer, that’s the best wording I can think of. Good beer, nice hop bitterness for a red. But wow, chewy, heavy. Kinda tough to get through.
BrewBoxer (2259) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at mudville9 in TriBeCa NYC. Pours a darkish tan color with a head that fades. Pretty easy drinking for abv. Not bad
annunz123 (899) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has pine straw, caramel, nuts, and a fair amount of alcohol. Smooth and relatively (and surprisingly) mild flavor. Some grassy hops and a LOT of alcohol in the finish. I love red beers, and this one is good (but not great).
malrubius (1936) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Meditrina. Deep garnet red with lasting head and lace. Strong piney hop aroma with some toasted caramel and fruit. Toasted caramel and fruity sweetness balanced with big piney woody fresh hoppy bitterness. Fairly dry finish for abv. Slight woody red wine aftertaste. Medium body light for abv. Lively carbo accentuates hops helps keep it dry. Excellent.
zoucrew102 (694) - - JAN 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Floral hop aroma with caramel malt and citrus. Pours ruby red with a large tan head with decent retention and very little lacing. Starts with sweet caramel malt flavor. Finishes dry with floral hop bitterness with a bit of citrus that lingers on the palate. Nice, drinkable red ale.
BrewDad (5085) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Malt roast flavor. Big hops forward flavor with a rich finish. This was a big beer.