Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep ruby with a massive frothy reddish light brown head. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, pine, milk chocolate and roast. Medium slightly creamy body with soft carbonation. Fruity, earthy flavor of dried cherry, red apple, plum, apricot, pine, grapefruit, roast and a hint of chocolate. Slightly astringent. A big beer, but still fairly drinkable. Very good.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unusual orange-ruby color and rippled beige head. Smells like an IPA, at least initially. Aroma of grapefruit, malt, fruits, and mild smoke. Smoke is more apparent in the flavor. Very hoppy. More hoppy than necessary, I think. Has a cologne-like astringency to it. Still good though. Ample body plus significant carbonated feel. Novel and interesting. Thanks loweredsixth.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - APR 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one great beer on the nose and in the attack. After that its a little disappointing as it fades away a bit faster than I would like. This beer has tons of upside if the boys at bear keep working on it.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle: dense foam, reminds me of fluffy sponge cake. Strong gooey alcohol/caramel nose with effervescent cascade hop cones along with honey suckle flowers and sharply fresh grass. Thick pine sap and heavy grainy malts wrap the tongue as lively carbonation - with tingly vanilla beans sooth the mouth. Bitter pine bark in the finish along with some moist green grapes, enjoyable and solid brew.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, 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 (539) - Rowlett, Texas, 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.