fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour, high carbonation. Taste is sweet malt, Belgian yeast, citrus hop. Well balanced with a bitter finish.
bwa5879 (884) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid cloudy medium dark brown pour with 3 inches or so of whitish orange head. Sweet hay and funky belgian yeast fill the nose, not too strong. Average carbonation, thick but slick mouthfeel, clean finish. Taste like a sour brown, funky and on the verge of bitter rye but not overboard, with somep iney hops too. Very nice selection, one of my favorites from Vivant.
citydave (69) - - JUL 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very dark red, almost brown with cream head. Aroma is very hoppy and alsojust grassy with hints of citrus and strong mango. Taste is much the same. The grass flavor and hops come through strong and make up the majority of the aftertaste.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz can grabbed at the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Grabbed a 4 pack of rates on the way out. Pours a nice deep copper jue, orange glowing bottom and edges are lighter, pretty hazy body with that striking winter sunset bottom. A big cakey tannish head atop stays larger, laces well. Pretty. Aromas show a firm hop presence, floral and a bit resiny. Citrus plays secondary as we start. Some touches of fruit, lemon rind, and gentle pineapple. Earthy florals and grass, some bready malt, straw, gentle yeastiness. Gentle carmelization. Initial is decent to medium bitter hop profile, more juicy and citrusy. Lemony and citrusy with some grapefruit. Decent citrus juice character through the front and middle. Middle starts to show some decent bready and gentle carmelized toasty feels into the backend. Juicy citrusy feel, a touch of juicy fruit, grapefruit juice. Backend and finish show a touch of body, carmelization and biscuit. Some toastiness, some dry florals and decent bitterness. Pretty solid. This isn’t trying to be a hop screamer, a gentle Belgian yeast profile mutes it a bit, keeps away a big toasty malt character, dries it out and provides a touch of spice. Well made, pretty solid offering here. Looks great, tastes good, works well enough. I wouldn’t expect me to like something like this, but it’s nice.
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice tropical and citrus hops with a slight hint of piney note. Sweet and smooth.
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DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 23 at Beercade Emporium. Pours red in the provided tulip glass. A fresh, hoppy smell; what seems like a Citra nose. Same hops dancing around on my tongue. Malts are recognizable those of an amber or "Red Ale," but just there to support APA level hops.
flatmatt (1442) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Heavy citrus, floral, and pine hops in the aroma, ending on a little earthy yeast note. Flavor settles into hoppy floral and citrus, toasty malt, and a spicy yeast overtone to the whole thing. At times I also get a taste identical to brown sugar. It’s a bit of a mishmash, but in the end I really like this.
phaleslu (9251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz. can shared by Beerpig317. Like the name. Made me blush. Pours a clear but deep red-amber with plenty of bubbles on the inside of the glass and a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, citrusy and piney hops, getting some grapefruit and mild spice. Flavor is mostly the same; just really nice and citrusy with a solid caramel malt backbone. Some pineapple and other tropical fruit, too. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a mouthfeel that is both malty and resinous. Nice.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. This pours a deep amber color, with a thick khaki head on top that sheds some good lacing. The aroma displays strong whiffs of grapefruit and resinous hops. Some caramel and Belgian yeast there too. Lighter in the body than expected, going down very easily, but a shade thin. Tropical fruit flavors, with earth, mineral, and a little caramel. Sweet but bitter and dry in the finish. Much like their Belgian IPA, the Belgian yeast here adds a little something different but without going overboard. It makes an otherwise boring style (assuming Red Ale, not IPA) interesting. Not great but certainly very good.
jstraw (1960) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at Jerry’s. Clear red-amber with fine, foamy, beige head, good legs / Simple, sweet nose of dark caramel, citrus, bread / Light to medium body, clean, sweet, lightly syrupy, some sourness, solid hop balance but not biting / Flavors of dark caramel, celery salt, grapefruit, mango, turning rind / Not bad, but the celery salt flavor is odd, and this sweet and syrupy style of hoppy beer doesn’t appeal to me.