Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Sea-Bastian. Pours an un-expected clear cherry red with hues of garnet and topped off by a red to pink foam head. The aroma is sweet sugary red cotton candy, sweet malts and faint caramelization. The taste is thick and sweet with malts, some vague noble hoppiness and more sweetness from sugary sweet malts. I do get some roastiness in there too keeping it somewhat interesting. It ends dry with lingering tingle of hoppiness. Overall a little too sweet for my tastes. Could use just a little more of that mild roastiness for added balance.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle - This beer pours reddish-orange with a one finger pink head. Seriously. It’s pink. It smells malty with maybe some mild fruity hops in there. The flavor is mostly sweet caramel with just a touch of fruit and a somewhat odd grainy flavor. There’s a little hops and a medium body. It’s okay, but not worth seeking out unless you just really like the bottle.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2008
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Eh, the color of this is scary enough, but the taste doesnt do much either. Very bland and tasteless, except for a wet cardboard thing going on. Pass on this
dchmela (2971) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle courtesy Ian. This beer definitely wins on appearance for the name, pours a blood red with a thin white head. Starts to go downhill after that. Aroma is almost non existent, just some bread dough and hint of fruit. Taste is malty and fruit tart. Didn’t really know us out.
radagast83 (6655) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. I don’t care if the beer has an artificial color to it. For a Halloween beer - it suits the mood perfectly. Closing your eyes, this beer is practically no different than any other lager-type micro-beverage out there. Not bad in the least, but not horrid and certainly the flavor did not seem to be affected by the coloring.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yep, interesting pour for sure, bright red, pink/orange head. Sweet up front, malty, but not that toasty/nutty malt that you normally get, sort of more fruitiness and more candy-like. I thought about this a bit, was it the color that tricks the brain into this? might be. Finish had a lingering bitterness, a bit stronger then a typical marzen, sort of chalky and almost herbal quality to it.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a blood red with a pink head, this freakshow is using food coloring for sure. Aroma of malts, hops, caramel, fruit and spices. Flavor is caramel, hops, spices, malts, some earthiness and a bitter finish. That said this brew is a bit off balance, and it’s best feature is it’s freakish color. It’s best feature is it’s blood red color, but once the gimmick wears off this is just another average oktoberfest beer.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse. Clear deep red pour with an, um, red head. Hoppy aroma with some grain characteristics. Very grainy taste with an odd fruity hop character. Medium body.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bomber served in a pilsner glass. Poured an unnatural looking deep red with a finger of pink head. Fairly hoppy aroma, with a little fruit and a fair amount of caramel malt. Nice malty base. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Bit of a hop bite. I didn’t taste any red fruit, so the color must be artificial. Kind of fun to drink, but nothing earth shattering. I wouldn’t call it an Oktoberfest.
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, what an insane red color this beer is; this is a bright, freakishly artificial read color. The head is a red stained, dark tan color and is initially a fat-two-fingers in height. The beer looks like cranberry juice. The beer smells like a malty lager though with toasted grain notes, ample biscuit character some caramelized malt notes and pretty much no hop character at all.
Lightly sweet tasting up front with a noticeable, clean bitterness that tends to linger on the palate after a sip. There is also a slightly herbal, astringent hop character that accentuates the perceived bitterness profile of this beer. This is malt focused though, it is just that the hop character stands out at first because I got no sense of it in the nose. Lots of toasted malt notes produce flavors of lightly browned saltine crackers, toasty biscuit flavors as well as some hearty, whole grain bread notes. Caramelized malt flavors add a touch of sweetness and accentuate something that is touch berry tasting.
As the beer warms up some light citrus hop notes become noticeable in the aroma; actually ruby-red grapefruit aromatics begin to play a fairly significant role in the nose. Now that I noticed those in the aroma the flavor starts to open up as well with some orange-zest flavors become noticeable. The hop character seems to switch roles with the malt and play the slightly more dominant role as this gets towards 60°F / 15.6°C.
Other than the freakish red color (their website would have you believe the color all comes from the malt choices), this is a good example of a malt focused Oktoberfest when drunk at 50°F / 10°C. Nothing particularly jumps out at in you in either the flavor or the aroma, but this is a pretty well balanced and put together beer. Very clean with lots of toasty, slightly caramelized malt notes make for a quaffable beer. Once the beer opens up it becomes a bit more interesting, but definitely starts to depart from the traditional Oktoberfest model. Though it can be a touch to astringent in its hop character at times. I would have loved to have seen the astringent hop character toned back a bit with more of a spicy / floral noble hop flavor (as opposed to the citrus character that does become noticeable) and aroma takings its place.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ