pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Mike. Pours out an attractive moderate amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of some light caramel, some citrus hops, sweet pineapple and some light biscuit. Taste is complex with a lot going on, notes of resiny tropical fruit hops, some citrus, caramel, light bread, pineapple and a touch of alcohol on the slightly dry finish. Crazy complexity with a perfect blend of flavors. This one was a standout.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked this bottle up at Connecticut Ave in DC. So happy that this is finally out in bottles, as Iíve been looking for it ever since it was first released. Served in a Mikasa tulip.
Pours a dark blood-amber color with a two-finger off-white head and quite a bit of sticky lacing on the way down. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries a really nice burst of fresh citrus and pine with slight tropical notes. Underneath that is a bit of caramelized sugar and bready sweetness. Really quite nice and nails the description for a hoppy amber.
The flavor falls back a bit from there, as the hop flavor isnít as prevalent as the nose would lead you to believe. However, there are certainly still plenty of hops. Nice brown sugar and caramel sweetness plus backing malt. Medium body that is fairly chewy and has a bitter finish that is slightly dry. Good carbonation. Really, really solid effort all around. Well worth the wait.
Serving type: bottle
Hair6a11 (1238) - Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is murky golden amber with a frothy, fine bubbled off white head that does retain well in this glass. Light, spotty lacing in this glass. The nose is caramel, pine, and cream from the head. The flavor profile is sweet, creamy, and bitter. Caramel, Pine, grapefruit, toast; This is a great red, and another good brew from CC
hombrepalo (1716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big Bottle from Secret Santa. Pours clear dark copper color with khaki head. Big piney aroma with some caramel. Moderately sweet caramel flavor with lots of pine. Medium body with average carbonation. The finish was pretty dry.
SudsMcDuff (5375) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another winner from CCB, i really enjoyed this .. . Pours out a deep ruby sunset, great foam .. . sweet maple, caramel and citrus - wonderfully balanced and abv well masked.. . does anyone know how to take penalties .. . This was a good beer and dangerously drinkable .. . Save me, Jeebus!
rbrazell (1314) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful clear amber red with a white head. Nose is pungent citrusy floral hops with sweet malts backing it up. Flavor is very hop forward with nice amounts of caramel malts taking on in the finish.
adam42381 (369) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2013 Poured from a 750ml bottle into a New Belgium globe.
Appearance: Pours a deep red-amber color with ruby highlights and a 2-3 finger frothy pale tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
Smell: Pineapple, coconut and pine with a touch of sweet malt. Smells a lot like their White Oak Aged Jai Alai.
Taste: Pine and bitter citrus up front followed by a hint of toasted malt in the middle before ending with another round of bitter hops at the finish. There are undertones of sweet citrus and coconut throughout. Aftertaste is bitter with just a light amount of sweetness that really balances it out. The aftertaste really lingers.
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The hop oils are very sticky and really coat the palate.
Drinkability: Very high drinkability. I wish they offered this in 4 or 6 packs.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. Not your typical American Amber/Red Ale since it is so hoppy, but the category isnít too precisely defined in the first place. I would rank this among the best Cigar City beers that Iíve had. Highly recommended.
beernovice39 (3040) - Montana, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy amber with an off white head. Scent of hops and bread. Taste is sweet malt then bready with a dry hoppy finish.
Chipalsa (1270) - Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Becoming a fan of red ales now! Pours a deep orange, with a nice fluffy head. The scent was crazy thick of hops, oranges and caramel - mellow and spicy on the nose. Tasted great, very hoppy and spicy with a nice zesty citrusy front end. The other half was a battle on the palate, sweet notes of burnt caramel and lightly roasted malts with what I still think was a bit of oregano... Fantastic.
OmegaX (1132) - Florida, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best red ale Iíve had to date. Nice hoppy, pine and citrus aroma with succulent notes of caramel and sweet malts. Poured a dark orange/brown color with a nice off white head and sloppy lacing. Tasted like an IPA with a touch more malt. Very hop heavy but with caramel and sweet malts poking through. Grapefruit, orange, and yes, jalapeŮo in the taste. Not the heat, but the floral qualities. Not bitter at all. Very well balanced and drinkable to no end. Great stuff.