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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Our 15th Anniversary Red Ale is a hopped up version of this classic style. Hints of caramal blend with a copious addition of organic Cascade hops. This crimson beauty boasts rich maltiness and a balanced, medium body.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2006
This is the most under-rated beer Iíve yet had in 2006, but remember that I am a proud hophead. First of all, the guys at Bison must be color-blind because this beer is dark straw, not even a hint of red. The aroma is very highly hopped, with fruit, black peppery and floral spicy notes. Definite 9 for aroma. The flavor is hoppy and citric, with grapefruit and canteloupe hints. Medium palate. Gets hoppier with more tropical notes as it warms. I would, and I will, drink this again. In fact, Iím going back to Total Wine tomorrow to get more of this.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Pours a deep dark reddish amber color. Aromas of hops, spice, caramel malts, and touch fruit. Flavor is nice and hoppy with fruit touches and a weird chocolate taste. Damn fine beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Pours a color somewhere between ruby and copper with a slight chill haze that fades completely as it warms. The head is huge and fluffy, and a dirty white color. The aroma is oddly like lemon soap (and itís not the glass, I checked the glass before using it). The flavor is thin malt that doesnít balance or mesh well with the hop flavors. A touch metallic. Not really all that satisfying.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Deep cranberry tinted amber coloured body with a super thin off-white head. Aroma of fresh hops, some deep malt and a bit of caramel. Medium-bodied; Sharp hop bittering taste with some caramel and malt also prominent. Aftertaste shows a good balance of hops and malt with some sugars too. Overall, a good red & much better than a lot of others in the style. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 31 May 2005.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Medium amber, decent head. Light citric hop aroma. Flavor is a pleasant balance of citric and spicy hops over a medium caramel body. Simple, but not bad at all.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Nice clear red with a volcanic off-white head, took a few minutes to complete the pour. Aroma of caramel and floral, somewhat greenish smelling hops. Flavor has notes of toasted malt, caramel, floral hops, grapefruit and a touch of pepper. Moderate sweetness and bitterness with a surprising alcohol twang in the finish. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. No lacing, pretty good head retention.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2005
(22oz bottle) Medium beige head atop a crystal clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, chocolate, nutty, some grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, floral, chocolate, caramel, some grapefruit. Light earthy in the finish. Not much bitterness. Smooth medium body, minimal aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
22oz bottle. Amber pour with a substantial foamy head, aroma is light fruit & hops. Tart fruit dominates the flavor spectrum for me, some earthy hops in the finish. Not the kind of "Red" I expected, though unique with itís sourness, would not seek out again.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2005
I donít have much to say about this one. I have been let down by this breweryís beers before. I was expecting something a little more memorable than this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUN 1, 2005
Dark cranbeery body with a small white head. Smell is delectable, fragrant: juniper, spicy, chocolate and peanuts. Taste is full, with sweet cocoa, pumpkin seed, bittering cofee, clove, coriander and peanuts. Fun beer, complex and flavorful -- very suprising for an amber ale. Aftertaste is pleasant chocolate and dry hops. Shared from a bomber with my great friend jgb9348.


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