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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2728) - 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 (71) - 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 (6342) - 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 (1962) - 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 (3745) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2012
On tap at Big Choice poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, eartrhiness and light fuittiness with a smooth lingering earthy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (4512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Hazy rusted copper with a light beige head thatís pretty small but is super laceful. Sticky resinous aroma of pine, light grapefruit, candi sugar and earthy toffee. Taste is much the same, with resinous sticky hoppy flavors of grapefruit, pine, caramel sweetness, floral delightfulness, and malty earthiness. More bitter than the IPA, in a pleasantly surprising way. I think I might just be falling for hoppy red ales these days, but this is the brewers best offering by far.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Tap @ brewery. Hazy orange appearance with an off white head. Piney, a touch citrusy, earthy hoppy aroma. Toasty malty, fairly bitter, moderately piney, earthy hoppy flavor. Pretty bitter finish. More hoppy than the ipa.


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