JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber-red pour. The nose is really solid. Soft sweet malts with a lot of bright fruity/spicy hops. Fresh and hoppy with a lot of grapefruit/orange citrus behind it all. Chewy, resinous palate that alternates between grapefruit and pine. Sticky hop oils and softly toasted/rye-like malts. Bright and fresh - it’s tough to say why it’s so good, but it is damn good.
crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice red ale, dk why I always forget to rate my ballast point beers. Hoppy, not quite a tongue buckler but close.
3fourths (8465) - 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.
mcberko (8421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is well-balanced between intense caramel malts and resinous hops. Flavour is quite robust, with loads of resinous hops upfront, balanced by just enough caramel malts. Intensely hopped, but tastefully done. Robust and extreme imperial red ale. Excellent.
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours clear mahogany, looking like orangy-brown fall foliage through indirect light. Nose is rich, heavy resiny hops and a huge malt bill. Almost barleywiney nose. Tastes very astringent and resiny, with a huge hop bill that tells me the 107 claim is likely right on the money. The malt is there, but cannot match the hops in this. Mild vinous fruit flavors late, and some caramel malt, but the hops are center stage here. This one is unique, but way too astringent to be great.
jercraigs (8290) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015-03-14. Dark amber body with a nice foamy beige head. 3+ Moderate aroma, hoppy. Light fruit and vegetation. Flavour is fairly bitter, a bit rough actually. Green hop character lingers long into the finish. Average bodied palate, good carbonation. Okay, sort of rough hop character overall. Bottle shared at beerhugger’s tasting.
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JorisPPattyn (8232) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear red-chestnut to mahogany beer under a huge yellow head, leaving lace. Very orangey nose, sugared oranges on liqueur and orangepeel, point of mineral aroma, some banana, and lots of dry hops. Bitter, with a background of caramel and toffee. Faintly roasted and very hoppy flavours. Bit leafy/earthy retronasal. Dry-out effect, medium bodied. Nice red ale, Californian style (meaning hopped to the gills). Txs to the people at Linda Vista!
DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared with friends during a game of Catan. Best by: 4/17/14. Mostly clear dark red color. Fine dark particles in the body. Thin beige head. Few dots of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly sticky. Moderate sweet taste, some sweet taste of booze. Spicy hop. Some light caramel malt. Good longer spicy hop aftertaste, good tropical fruity notes. Pretty good. Grows on me as I sip.
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Stone. Pours with a hazed amber brown body and a small, off-white head. Aromas of apple, caramel and fruity hops. Flavors of cotton candy, orange, bitter and a grassy dry hop character. Medium to lively bubbles. Firmly bitter finish.
deyholla (7587) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the 2014 Untapped festival in Fort Worth. Pours a clear deep red with a yellowish brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has notes of grain, toffee and grass. Flavor has more grass and a bit of pine backed by grain and toffee.