tgncc (2614) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
At the brewpub last summer. The aroma is stale, toasted, nutty. The appearance is mostly clear red brown, white head. The flavor is toasted, soap, nuts, caramel. The finish is noble hops, soapy. Medium in body. Not great, ok.
pinkie (400) - New York, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark orange with a cranberry hue. Sweet hop nose with raspberries. Floral. Thin light body and a light biscuit malt. Has a kool aid quality without the sweetness. Watery Not much aftertaste and finished pretty quickly. The nose on this was delightful but in the drink it was a little bland and the hop character did not stand up to the drink. It struck me more like a pale ale and not really a red ale.
I have tasted a similar malt in all their beers and a similar body too. It’s not that it’s too disagreeable but I think it would be better if they weren’t all the same. This had a light touch of bitter and oil but with the weak thinness of it, it was bland. There was a touch of citrus but it was the berry on the nose of this one that was tempting.