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 (550) - 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.
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 (3190) - 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.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice blend of hops and malt...thought I detected some rye. A ton of citrus hops that barely missed overpowering the caramel, brown suga notes. Not a lot of aroma beyond the standard 'beer' elements. Bready and only balanced when well-above room temperature. Good, not great.
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unfiltered rye. Cakey and rocky off-white layer of foam. Raw and bushy hop aromas with notes of orange zest, plaster, and wet paper. Figgy, mushy malts struggle to the top along with barky malts, cocoa, lemon oil, and honeysuckle. Thick, sappy texture. Feathery carbonation. Thick malt flavors are immediately countered by a rubbery astringency. Bushy hops and lemon oils pucker the cheeks while the hop bitterness squashes the subtle caramel flavors. Brief earthy flashes of moss and peat, yet again, succumb to the sappy hops. Astringently waxy, rindy finish with just enough delicate flower notes and powdery malts to soften it up. Remnants of oxidation, toasted malt, hop leaf, and fig flavors. Pretty rough around the edges, although a solid stab which was much-improved at 65 degrees.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome red color, with a great hop aroma. Hops start out with a bang, then a sweet caramel flavor takes over. This is good stuff.