hombrepalo (1800) - 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 (5789) - .....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 (1572) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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 (372) - 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 (3102) - 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 (1307) - 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 (1207) - 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.
ekoerper (587) - Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: pine sap and floral hops, lots of toasty and caramel malts, some sweetness. Pours a hazy red, off-white head with average retention. Flavor: quite malty with lots of citrus and piney hops to balance. Caramel malts, somewhat bready and toasty, fairly bitter but well balanced. Medium-full body with medium carbonation, smooth and velvety on the palate. Solid amber ale, really enjoyed this one.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark hazy amber with a big creamy beige head that recedes pretty quickly to a thin collar and leaves really nice lacing.
Aroma is hoppy with some pine resin and lots of caramel malts and a bit of toasted bread. There is a little bit of wood character as well, interesting nose for an amber.
Taste has a little more citrus than the nose, with some oranges and white grapefruit up front giving way to the caramel malts, bread and hints of sweet fruit. Lightly bitter finish, roasty.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for an amber and really creamy with strong carbonation.
This is an excellent amber, one of the better ones Iíve had lately with a nice balance of sweetness and hops with that distinctive CCB woody character. Good stuff.
WVHouseofBeer (790) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark hazy amber color with a moderate sized light tan head that leaves some lacing. Aromas of caramel and citrus. Flavors of caramel and malt upfront with a sweet and slightly bitter citrus finish. Medium bodied. Overall a very nice Amber probably the best Iíve had.