Silphium (3191) - 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 (2624) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.
fly (1459) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chewy, chewy red that is about half way to a porter. Mahogany? Really enjoy this. With al the malts and all the hops the finish just goes on forever. Mmmm good.
TheBeerGod (5911) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to jeffc666 for this one! Reddish brown body. Small tanned head. Very citrusy and hoppy nose. The tongue is met with a hoppy orange, and malt mix. There is somesweetness lingering in there and it makes it's appearance during the finish as well, along with, yep, hops. Good beer!
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, amber with hints of redness. A frothy tannish-white head develops, leaving ample gobs of lace trailing down the glass.
The aroma is complex; sweet caramel raising bread toast, fruity cough-drop deeply enveloped in toastiness. Piney hops are also quite apparent.
Bold, sweet up front, rich mouthfeel. Alcohol lingering on the palate, not hiding but residing. Creamy, caramel malts and a creeping hoppy finish that closes with a lustrous flourish. Beauiful ale.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice red hue and a frothy tan head. A very pleasant hoppy aroma that is pine and floral in nature. Nice balance between the hops and the malt, with a great mouthfeel. A very nice beer; very drinkable.