herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby colored brew with a decent head. Very nice nose which fortells the excellent balance. Good malty backbone with excellent bitterness. Not over done, just right.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: fully red color, bright and a little dark, with an impressive head, towering in scope and size, tall and fluffy, creamy, lacey.
Aroma: Sweet, fruity (vinous, perhaps), spicy, peppery, nutty, big with the maltiness, and showing it’s slightly above-average alcoholic strength.
Feels richly roasted, even burnt, without even tasting it. Toasty .
Nice hops up on top, and a thick, lush, cherry-ish mouthfeel, sweet and fruity, again. All of the flavors detected in the nose return in the flavor, and it’s a welcome arrival on the ’buds. Very thick, very full, very tasty. Assertively chewy texture, tangy, fruity, wonderful. Long, fruity, hoppy finish, sweet, seductive. I can’t think of a bad thing to say about this beer, no matter how hard you twist my arm. My notes from the first bottle consumed say: "Feels a little thin near the end, but loses none of it’s special charm." Well into sample #2, I don’t know what the hell I was talking about, and all charms shine ...well, no, now I get it, yep, it does fade a touch, but it’s still a great tasting brew. Warm, cheery, substantial.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very nice amber. A bit on the sweet side but the malts and hops were well balanced. It's a shame more people have not tried these beers.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown color, small but lasting head. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of hops. Flavor is mostly sweet. Nice full bodied ale. Alcohol leaves the brew tasting a bit hot.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to beerguy101 for the beer...This one poured a dark ambery red color with a mild pearl head and a nice degree of carbonation. The aroma definitely has hops and caramel malts dancing all over the place...some dark fruitiness is also apparent. The taste begins with a heavy caramel sweetness with a faint chocolateyness. Definite citrusy ending...mixed well with caramel sweetness in the bite. Alcohol is not an issue here..very well hidden..perfect level of carbonation, and perfect level of sweetness. The bittering aspect is what i find lacking a bit here..i would like to find more of a contrasting element in this one..but nonetheless it turns out to be a damn good brew.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful clear red color w/ a frothy head, this is an enjoyable one to drink. Very full mouthfeel w/ lots of hop flavor & a dry finish. thanks beerguy101
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Med red color. Large head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. A full bodied Red Ale. Big flavored chocolate and caramel malts. Hops are bold, bitter and grapefruity. This is a pretty aggressive beer, yet there is some smoothness to it as well. Interesting red ale. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is bitter.
Braudog (6379) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Classic red color. Caramel comes to the nose. Then there’s a wonderful party of caramel, a hint of chocolate, and just the right bite. Lots of different things in one beer. Outstanding specimen.
geofflilley99 (6) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 14, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty darn aggressive beer. Malty, bitter, and unyielding to the last drop. Agree with Shadallion about the inherent pathetic quality of the ’red ale,’ but this actually gives a sorry excuse for a category a good name.
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Is it just me, or is it weird that this is the top two ambers I have run across in the past week? This is up there with mogollon amber. Pours to a mountainous, rocky head which has stick power like a champ. Hoppy and fruity nose, strong and rich, lasting bitterness like biting a hop leaf, creamy mouthfeel, which finishes semi-dry and somewhat grainy.