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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9118) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Sample at the taproom. Clear dark amber color with a medium fluffy ivory white head that recedes quickly. Short strings of lacing. Malt, caramel and hops in the nose. Medium body with flavors of caramel malt, citrus and earthy hops. The finish is malty up front with a mildly bitter grassy hops aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NachlamSie (2908) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2015
4 pack of pint cans packaged on November 23. Purchased at Grapes and Grains. This is a very good looking beer. Itís a clear, bright red color with an extremely dense and frothy head. The red body has cleared out so well. Carbonation looks decent. Not too low and not extremely effervescent. The aroma is metallic, like a handful of pennies. Unfortunately, thatís the first thing that jumps out at me. Beneath that are notes of pine, biscuits and toffee. The palate is medium full and rather crisp. There is ample hop bite in the flavor, but I donít know about the can talkiní bout "India Red Ale" and shit. It seems within the boundaries for an American amber ale. Malts are biscuity and semi sweet with notes of caramel. The flavor is much less metallic than the aroma. Hops provide an appropriate bite with notes of evergreen and earth. I donít get much citrus. This isnít too shabby, but Iíve been thoroughly impressed with the other beers Iíve had from Big Choice and my expectations for this red ale were elevated. This is my first canned beer from this brewery. I donít know anything about their canning procedure and I wonder if this beer may be better served on draft.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danyel (1308) - Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Tap at brewery. Pours dark hazy orange with thick off-white head. Aroma is very caramelly, sweet malts, citrusy. Taste is rich, medium bitterness, lots of flavor. Overall, nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2870) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Draft. Pours a medium, light beige head, with some lacing, over a slightly hazy dark amber (SRM 15) body....nose is pine resin grapefruit peel, slight cereal, balance to the hops, no esters.....taste has very slight hints of sweetness to start, toasted malts with biscuit notes, hops with floral notes, pine citrus, grapefruit peel, finishing with moderate bitterness, balance slightly to the hops.....mouth feel medium body, slightly astringent, no alcohol. carbonation adds a pleasant tingle, and creaminess. This is a hoppy amber. The hops are unquestionably American, but are balanced back nicely by a strong malt backbone. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopman303 (2) - - MAY 23, 2014 does not count
Draft at the brewery. Pretty solid offering. Iím a fan of this general style, having "grown up" craft-wise on hoppy reds. Disconnected has a piney/grapefruity aroma that carries through into the flavor. Itís balanced with strong malt character, but the sweetness lingers just a touch too long. Thatís the only thing keeping me from rating this higher.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaffaHawk23 (76) - Broomfield(via Iowa City), Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2013
They even admit this is more of an IPA then an amber ale. Lots of malt/hops balance but the finish is that of a Red IPA. Very nice and bonus point for brewing this walking distance from my house.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Da314man (16) - LONGMONT, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Aroma and color of a typical Red Ale and even the front part of the taste emulates a normal Red. Finishes like an IPA. Thus a great Red IPA comes from this 16oz can from the small brewery out of Broomfield Colorado.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6546) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
Can. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, mango). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Quite sour (infected, perhaps) and watery in the mouth; unpleasant to drink. Some nice tropical fruit hop notes in the background, but raw/green resin is the most prominent note and itís very simplistic overall. And indeed overall itís a generic, simple rendition that offers nothing new or interesting to the glut of other strong, sweet, hoppy beers that this country seems to love so much. Even if they fixed the sourness issue, this would still be a dull, ordinary strong ale. Just Another Colorado Brewery, or so it would seem.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
That1Guy (2029) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2013
16 oz can pours out a hazy, almost murky amber with a minimal white head. Aroma of cereal, some pine, and caramel. Undercarbonated all the way through. Could tell because the unopened can itself felt squishy. Subdued hop presence has mostly turned to oxidized flavors. Can imagine what it was supposed to be like, but now itís bitter cardboard and metal. Bummer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba (4105) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Tap. Pours dark, hazy amber with creamy off-white head; short retention and good lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, figs, dates, floral hops, and herbs. Flavor is floral and citrus hops, bready malts, light fruit esters, and herbs; dry, lightly hoppy finish. Medium body and low carbonation.


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