HonkeyBra (3057) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby red pour with eggshell colored head. Citrus and tea hop aroma with mild caramel sweetness. Very fruity flavor of orange, tangerine, apple, and grape juice. Some caramel. A faint amount of hops. Mild bitterness. Certainly doesn’t seem "triple hopped". Somewhat thin bodied. Average to high carbonation. Seems kind of forgettable. Sort of one-dimensional. The hop note comes out less impressive in the finish. Basically, an average brewpub ale.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours deep amber with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, earth, light citrus, and candied cherry. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of rye and black tea. Overall body is moderate and finishes with moderate bitterness.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet, bready aroma. Rocky white head sits atop a garnet, reddish copper. Creamy, biscuit malt dominates, but hops announce their presence in bitterness on the finish. Finish is crisp with mild bite; medium body. A good red although alcohol notes are present after a few sips.
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Thin, quickly disspating head. Clear amber, red color. Aroma is one dimensional with some bread, dough, and slight hops. Taste is even more one dimensional with some caramel sweetness and faint floral hops. Bottle promises a hop backbone that just isn’t there. Bland and simple beer, not a good red ale at all.
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a 2 finger creamy beige head that left spotty lacing. The nose is malt, earthy hops and light citrus. The taste is caramel, fruit and a bitter pine finish that lingers. Medium bodied. OK beer. A bit one dimensional.
emarkd (97) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours a pretty reddish brown with a small off-white head. aroma of grapefruit, yeast, alcohol. flavor components are hard to work out. bitter resiny aftertaste. this one is very different for me. body is a little thin and i wish it hid its alcohol better, but overall very enjoyable.
Beerbo (20) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2011 I originally rating this beer at this time in response to two previous reviewers who said it was "Very overpowering hop taste" and "artificially-flavored cherry gelatin chews and bathroom cleaner smell and flavor". The beer is a beautiful copper color, with a thick, sudsy off-white head. Aromas are of spicy rye, caramel, biscuit and toffee. The flavor has a touch of rye and a hint of oranges with dry spicy notes. Because of its reasonable price, dryness and the 7.5% ABV, I hoped it would be one of my favorites, but the metallic, esterry, artificial taste isn’t to my liking.
elihapa (1519) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, Pearl District brewpub. Aroma of spicy, leafy slightly mikan essence hops. Thinner body with spicy notes of rye, black pepper, interesting pine sap, leafy tea. Stripped of cleared of top character, but still pretty rye notes match well with liberty hops.
3fourths (7764) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle. artificially-flavored cherry gelatin chews and bathroom cleaner smell and flavor. weak, thin, paper-like texture. boring and dull.
Crit (3209) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brilliant amber, small lasting beige head.Fruity malt nose and fore, carmel, odd hop mid, very long hop bitterness in finish. Ok but somewhat over attenuated