jbruner (3987) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky copper color on tap with great, frothy tan head with great lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, and a slight piney hop. Taste is awesome, all of the aroma but perfectly well balanced. One of the best cigar city beers.
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 -750ml bottle big thanks to Michael Pollack..pour is a dark amber with a creamy off white head..nose is caramel, malts, earth, wood, ... Taste is caramel, barley, malts, sweetness, earthy hops, grapefruit, citrus..palate is caramel, with a light sweetness.
mar (5247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle thanks to errl. Deep amber pour with a nice cream head. Nose is heavy toffee, caramel, hops, chewy, and sticky. Not as thick as the nose led me to think, rich malts, dough, toffee, caramel, light hop kick in the finish.
tron3000atl (72) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Grapefruit and Citrusy aroma with a nice malty sweetness that finishes like a pine Tree. This is a great friggin red. A charismatic beer that is a beautiful and I surely like to snuggle up with next to a warm fire on a cold night or float in a pool with some little arm floated drinkin this on a hot Gulf Coast summer day. Versatile little badass beer.
glennmastrange (2665) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy roasted grain and caramel for the malt, light to moderate pine for the hops and soap for the yeast, with notes of date, wood and pepper. Head is average to large, frothy, off-white with fair lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is hazy mahogany. Flavor is lightly sweet and moderately acidic to start, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, slippery in texture and has a lively carbonation. A very nicely made Amber Ale that’s somewhere between being bold and easy drinking.
AdamChandler (4518) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Acquired this in a trade. 375ML variety.
A - Very very murky dark brown. Lots of haze and sediment. 1 Finger head subsides quickly.
S - Really nice scent. Mild hop bitterness, orange peels and caramel.
T - Nice. Super citrus bite. lingering hop bite
M - 90% carbonation, medium body and very dry finish.
O - I’m reviewing this quickly as I have friends over but this is a fantastic beer!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Cigar City during Hunahpu Day 2012.
Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with burnt orange hues and a two finger yellowish beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing are left behind.
Slightly smokey aroma with lots of toasted oak and cedar along with light fruit, citrus and pale malt. Hints of apple and other light fruit along with citrus rind, earthy, piney hops and pale biscuity malt.
Medium bodied but fuller than expected with a decent cedar presence up front that doesn’t overpower the other flavors. Lots of dry cedar/wood countered by citrus/light fruit notes and biscuit malt. Some of the humidor series beers are overly dry and taste like toothpick but the hop and malt flavors are still prominent in this one. Some dry, resinous hop bitterness but not overdone with some citrus and light fruit character balancing things out. Subtle pale malt with touches of biscuit and graham cracker. Nicely done, well balanced beer with the cedar flavor subtly integrated.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Twas’ able to get a small pour before it kicked. Unfortunately the cedar aging took away that spicy hoppiness I’d hoped for. Instead (and it’s still pretty damn good) you get a light touch of honey among some fresh hop flavor and grapefruit tartness. The finish is dry and clean, not giving a hint of the generous alcohol level.
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2011 Total Score: 4
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.
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is a murky amber/orange with a pretty decent head and very active streams of carbonation rising off the bottom of the cheap hotel cup. Aromas are very interesting... I didn’t expect a citrusy blast of oranges and grapefruit, but then again, CCB always seems to have a little something up their sleeve. Flavor is a bit of a disappointment. I guess I should have seen it coming... One of Therese days Cigar City would not impress the pants off me... But why today? Why not keep the romance alive for a little longer. Anyhow, I digress. The flavor on this one is boozy... Unapologetically boozy, from head to toe, start to finish, alpha to omega. Kind of a burning medicinal edge of ethanol. There is a decent caramel malt presence and some of that citrus and resin hops profile, but they get buried by booze. It’s going to take me a while to recover from this disappointment, but I’ll manage somehow...
jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep amber/red body. Creamy ivory head, lasting. Aroma of toasted grain, raw grain, wood, grapefruit and resin. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, oily texture, moderate carbonation. Rich grain malts surrender to linger bitterness. Reminds of of the grain in Alpha King when it’s beyond its prime and the hops have started to fade. Red ale flavor in the finish. A rich beer with plenty of flavor.