Iphonephan (6245) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured at home. Pours a cloudy amber with a thick white head. Citrus and pine aroma. Spice needles and grapefruit zest. Lingering bitter finish.
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks like an amber or red ale but smells [3.75] like a pale ale or IPA, with the hops far more evident than the malts. Still hoppy for style in tasting, with at least as much hop presence as the surprising nose suggests. The malt is a bit more obvious in tasting, but little enough to leave this a moderately bitter and quite hoppy "red" ale. Relatively high ABV is almost completely hidden in the flavor and aroma, but lends some harshness to the feel.
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I can just make out that its Aug 08 12.
A - Pours a very hazy dark brown/red body with a two finger tan head. Great lacing and retention. There is a TON of floating bits of proteins and yeast. I’ll chock that up to chill haze due to shipping in the winter though.
S - Piney and tropical hops followed by bready sweet caramel malts. A bit spicy, like pumpernickel. Touch of the danky dank.
T - Follows the nose closely. Tropical and resinous hops, caramel malt, molasses, and dark bread. Lingering sweetness with a light bitterness.
M - Medium with a lot of carbonation. Dry finish. Highly drinkable given its abv.
O - A very tasty red ale. The bold and tropical heavy hops and kept in check by plenty of rich bread and caramel notes. Great beer.
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid red ale from Cigar City. Solid nose with a great balance of flavors.
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portableparty (2292) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle thanks smith4498. Pours amber red with a tight off white head that leaves a collar. Aroma has good grapefruit citrus hops with hints of caramel malt and light spice. Taste is solid bitter grapefruit hops and spice with a nice malt balance. Palate is medium crisp and chalky with a dry finish. Solid amber ale.
GTAEgeek (1961) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Dark brown with a small, tan head. Dried fruit, with notes of licorice, resin, and earth. Very sweet with a significant bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a sticky, clingy mouthfeel. Interesting, but not particularly tasty.
rejtable (2319) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light amber with a thin head hat quickly dissipates. Nose is sweet candy and a touch of pine hops. Aromas are sweet fruit, some floral, some light piney hops. Tastes are medium sweet and a medium bitter finish. Dangerously drinkable even north of 7%. Mouth is medium body with lively carbonation and a bit of a on acidic bite to the finish.
BVery (9662) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Cigar City. Clear orange pour with a small clingy head. Citrus and floral hop, juicy, frickin awesome.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 Pours dark red with a creamy off white head and lots of lacing as it recedes. Smell of hops and more hops. Plenty of grassy, earthy pine and some notes of caramel and bread malt in the background. even a good bit of citrus here. Flavor is pine hops and a bit of candy sweet flavor, more pine and sweet citrus fruits. Very much reminds me of a DIPA, which I was not expecting. Lighter mouthfeel for that style though and finishes nice and dry and clean. Fantastic. New favorite red ale for me, but keep in mind that comes from a hop head. This is a world class brew and arguably the best thing that CCB makes relative to the style. Wow.
kennydiaz (356) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a dark orange red with a creamy head. It has strong hop taste with hints of cedar and oak.