jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Wow! Another excellent Bear Republic brew. Deep mahogany with a thick off-white head. (the 2nd half of the bomber pours with a ton of suspended particles). Nice strong hoppy and lightly roasty aroma. Taste is moderately sweet with notes of roasty malt, some dark fruit, grapefruit/citrus, caramel, chocolate and a ton of hops. Feels like an interesting mix between a red Scottish ale and an IPA. Bitter, roasty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is perfect; full, round and creamy with subtle carbonation. Lacing clings to the glass like puffy clouds, great head retention. I love this brewery. Highly recommended!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber with beige head and great lacing. Very full bodied and sweet with lots of crystal malts, with some bitterness in the end. Smell is very hoppy and slightly malty. Overall a very good beer.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish brown, with a lingering beige head. Nose well hopped with some malt undertones. Flavour starts malty followed by a surge of hops hops hops.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown ruby with a big frothy tan head. Very Very Very cool cascade. The nose has lots of hops more so than Id like, the taste starts off very sweet and suggary than almost instantly BAM lots of bitter hops. Intersting to say the least, I see where they were going here, howver I just dont like the hops.
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Upon first view of the bottle, I thought maybe I was seeing a revision of the now defunct Rainier Breweries Jet City Rocket Ale.
Completely different brew.
This brew pours a gorgeous hazy brown, with a very stellar beige/white head. It smells of caramel malt with slight cocoa notes meshed with wood and earth. The taste delivers all the aroma promises ; sweet, with a strong, prominent malt character up front. In the middle, I found hints of coffee and wood.....with an almost oily, silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes very spicy, with a sucker-punch of an alcohol singe...Very complex, as many Scottish heavies I have tried...a bit unfriendly and confused, which knocks the drinkability a bit. Never boring though, this may be a revisited brew that may change my mind on that. A daring variation on the style
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red in color with a white head and pretty good lacing. Sweet fruity(cherries?) aroma mixed with a touch of floral hops. Very hoppy taste. Big hop bite after an almost sweet start, probably those fruits i caught in the aroma. A bitter finish that was akin to orange rinds. Very long drawn out finish. Very tasty.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Does have that deep red color. Semi-sweet aroma of cherrys and hops. First taste is a plentous of different flavors. Floral,citrus, hops, malts, piney and a little caramel. Smooth and refeshing.
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The hops immediately brought Rogue Skullsplitter to mind. The body is red as advertised, clear, and topped by a thin off-white/light tan head. Aroma has lots of citrus and pine hops, and also caramel. Hops definitely dominate the flavor profile with a piney, spicy, citric character. Hops flavor is built on a malt foundation of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. These elements blend well together and this beer is smooth around the edges. Thanks Dan (jah noth) for the bottle!
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, talk about hoppy smelling...
Pours a dark redish-brown with a large chunky head that never goes away but to leave a thick lace down the sides of the glass.
Scent is, well, floral hops.
Taste is definately floral hops as well; the dry-hopping is quite apparent. This gets better as it warms and becomes more complex. Caramel malt and some darker fruits and citrus are present as well.
Mouthfeel is crisp due to the (Cascade?) hops and is refreshing. Overall this is very nice, but for the style I still prefer Deschutes Cinder Cone Red.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very interesting beer from the guys at Bear Republic up in Healdsberg CA. It poured with a thin beige head. Color is dark copper/brown, shines beautifully red when held up to the light. Aroma is hops and rye, nicely fruity. Malts are sweet and carmel tasting, but subdued as the hops begin to dominate soon into the taste. It's not overly bitter tho, just pleasent with a piney/citrusy taste in the typical west coast style. Medium body, finish is just pleasent hop bitterness. ighly recommended.